Student Research Support Program (for Harvard Faculty and Graduate Students)

The Joint Center for Housing Studies offers grants of up to $5,000 for Harvard graduate students working with faculty members on research, courses, and other projects related to housing, community development, or related urban issues. 

Faculty members can use the funds to pay graduate students who are working on faculty research projects, on independent research projects supervised by faculty members, or on new courses, labs, studios or other projects. While the money primarily should be used for compensation, up to 20 percent can be used for other expenses such as data acquisition 

Recipients are expected to produce a final product, which could be a short paper, case study, course syllabus, planning framework, design portfolio, or multi-media presentation. In general, this work should be completed within a year of spending the money. (However, projects that involve students who expect to graduate in May must be completed by the start of the fall semester.)  If appropriate, the work also will be shared with the broader community in a variety of ways, through publication, public presentation, blog posting, or online presentation.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted by a faculty member via Harvard's Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT) system. A complete list of application materials can be found on the CARAT page.

Members of the Joint Center for Housing Studies Faculty Advisory Committee will review the applications to assess the project’s relevance, clarity, and feasibility. Awards will also be made with the goal of funding a diversity of topics, methodologies, and academic disciplines. Preference will be given to faculty who have not previously received this award. Recipients will receive their funds in June 2022 and should use them by July 1, 2023.

For more information, please contact David Luberoff, Deputy Director at [email protected] or by phone at 617-495-9850. 

The 2023 deadline for applications has passed.