Grants-In-Aid of Undergraduate Research

The Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ), the Harvard University Herbaria (HUH), and the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University (AA) are pleased to award grants in support of faculty (tenure track)-supervised research by Harvard College undergraduates. Projects in any subject area are eligible for support, although priority may be given to projects that utilize MCZ, HUH, or AA research collections, laboratories and other facilities, and to related fieldwork. Funds from the HUH are primarily available to support projects in the field of plant biology; funds from the AA primarily target research that utilizes its living collections. Projects that facilitate senior honors theses or associated preliminary studies are particularly encouraged. 

Awards range from $500 to $4,000 and may provide support for the academic year (fall and spring semesters) or summer. Applicants are strongly encouraged to simultaneously apply for research support from the Harvard College Research Program (HCRP).


Harvard College undergraduates only


Applications must be submitted electronically through CARAT (Centralized Application for Research and Travel). You can begin your work, save it, and return to it at a later time. Applications are due by 5 pm on the due date. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted. To apply, please submit the following via CARAT:

  • Research proposal (approx. 750 words) with citations. Proposals should describe the project's goals, the specific plan and timeline to accomplish those goals, and identify a Harvard faculty member who has agreed to supervise the project and explain his/her role in the project
  • Budget
  • Travel information (as relevant)
  • 1-page Resume
  • Transcript (unofficial accepted)
  • Reference letter.  Reference letters must be written by the faculty member supervising your project (i.e. your "faculty sponsor"). Letters of recommendation from faculty sponsors may be submitted through CARAT OR emailed.

All documents must be uploaded to CARAT as PDFs. When ready to submit your application, upload the documents to your CARAT registration (covering basic demographic information, project information and budget forms) to complete your application.

Proposals are reviewed three times a year.
Fall: Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Spring: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Summer: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Please be sure you upload your application to the relevant GUR cycle in CARAT. Applications uploaded to other cycles will not be considered. Decisions typically announced within one month of each deadline.

Please direct all inquiries to Melissa Aja.