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. Awards support laboratory and field equipment and supplies, airfare and/or local travel to a research site, or a stipend during the semester. Applicants are strongly encouraged to simultaneously apply for research support from the Harvard College Research Program (HCRP).


Harvard College undergraduates conducting research sponsored by Harvard tenure-track faculty 


Summer 2021 funding policy

Harvard College prioritizes the wide distribution of Summer funding to ensure that as many undergraduate students as possible can have a meaningful summer experience. For funded Summer 2021 experiences, students may only apply Harvard University funding to one Summer experience, regardless of duration of time (ex. only four weeks or a part-time effort). Co-funding between multiple sources of funding is permitted only if the funding jointly supports the same Summer experience. This includes students who accept the Harvard Summer School tuition waiver. Those students who accept the HSS waiver may not accept funding for a second Harvard Summer experience.

Exceptions to the Summer Funding Policy are uncommon and will be reviewed on an individual basis; students should make exception requests to their Resident Dean, who will forward on to the Office of Undergraduate Education. All exceptions will be approved by the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Failure to adhere to the Harvard College Summer funding policy may result in a student being referred to the Administrative Board or Honor Council.



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: September (2021 date TBD)
Spring: February (2022 date TBD)
Summer: April (2022 date TBD)

Please take care to 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 email inquiries regarding the GUR