Graduate Research and Travel Grants

The Davis Center offers grants to Harvard graduate students for research travel to the former Soviet Union or Eastern Europe. Given that travel may be restricted this summer 2021 due to COVID-19, all research proposals must include alternate plans that cover the possibility that research travel as originally conceived may not be possible. Alternate proposal plans may include domestic travel in the United States, language study, and/or virtual research opportunities that do not involve travel. All proposals must include a detailed plan and corresponding budget. 

The maximum stipend is generally $4,000 and can be used during the summer of 2021 or during the 2021–22 academic year. 

Please see the CARAT application for more information. 


The competition is open to Harvard doctoral and master’s candidates. Funding priority is given to doctoral candidates in the humanities or social sciences, as well as to first-year master’s degree candidates in the program in Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia (REECA).


Applications for summer 2021 and the 2021–22 academic year are due by Monday, February 8, 2021 at 11:59pm. The Davis Center uses the FAS Common Application for Research and Travel (CARAT).

To apply:

  1. Submit your application online at by February 8.
  2. Upload your application materials: a current resume or CV not to exceed two pages; current grade report printed from the Registrar’s Office website; and a proposal (please see detailed requirements for this proposal in CARAT). 
  3. Please arrange for one letter of recommendation to be uploaded to CARAT directly.

Note that while a number of funding sources use the Common Application for Research and Travel (CARAT), the submission process varies by center. Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the application.