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Seed for Change Student Grant Competition


Teams must have at least one currently enrolled Harvard student at the time of submission. This can include undergraduate students or graduate/doctoral students. The maximum number of people per team is four. A Harvard faculty member must submit an endorsement letter either directly into CARAT, or send it to . The endorsement letter confirms that the team has communicated with a Harvard faculty member about the idea, and the faculty can speak to the strength of the proposal and applicants.

Application Process

After submitting an application, each project will be reviewed through a two-stage process; this aims to review each proposal for feasibility, methodology, and societal impact, as well as the strength of the applicants and their plan. After this review, finalists will be asked to present their projects in mid-to-late April, after which the final winners will be selected. The total grant term will last from Summer 2022 to Summer 2023.


Application Deadline: Monday, February 28, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET

How to Apply

All applicants must submit the following material via CARAT by Monday, February 28th, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET:

  • A project narrative (including background/literature review, problem statement, proposed solution, and implementation details/plan)
  • A budget with estimated expenses 
  • Resume(s) (must be provided for each team member)
  • An endorsement letter from a Harvard faculty mentor who will advise the team occasionally during the grant period and can speak to the academic merit of the proposal. Endorsement letters can either be uploaded directly into CARAT or can be submitted via email to Selmon Rafey, Program Coordinator (

Seed for Change Application

Please reach out to Selmon Rafey ( with any questions.