Faculty Fund



The Carr Center has established a research and innovation fund that will provide small grants to faculty members conducting research within the Center’s research priority areas.

The Carr Center’s new focus is to realize global justice through theory, policy, and practice. Its research priorities include the following four broad themes: human security, economic justice, institutions of global governance and civil society, and equality and discrimination.

Funds will be available for the following types of activities that align with Carr Center priorities:

  • Individual research projects that align with the Carr Center’s new research priorities
  • Collaborative, cross-disciplinary research on human rights and global justice (involving two or more faculty members)
  • Communicating and disseminating research findings, as well as creating policy proposals
  • Pilot projects to develop and implement new tools and strategies to educate the next generation of human rights leaders and practitioners
  • Games, simulations, case studies, and other interactive methods to train students at HKS and beyond
  • Convening scholars and practitioners, book workshops

Details and Eligibility

  • Application Deadline: April 30 2017
  • Decision: May 2017
  • Report and Product Due: TBD or upon completion of project (if earlier)

Note that certain research involving human subjects (including interview and survey projects), as well as projects involving overseas travel in some cases, may require additional review and approval before specific research activities can commence. Please note that approval of your research proposal is conditional on IRB and foreign clearance

Grant requests can range from $5,000 to $10,000.  Faculty and research assistant time can be covered, as well as other direct costs related to the project.  Funds cannot be used for equipment purchase or indirect costs. 

Grant proposals are welcome from full-time faculty members at HKS, including assistant, associate, and full professors, professors of practice, senior lecturers, and lecturers.  Collaborative requests can include a faculty member from another school at Harvard. 

Faculty requesting research support are expected to contribute a paper for the HKS Faculty Working Paper Series and to share their research at a Carr Center hosted seminar. The faculty member’s work may also be highlighted on the Carr Center website or publication. 

Faculty are requested to acknowledge the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy in their final product.

Go to Application.