Dissertation Support

Awards and Benefits

The Canada Program at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs awards dissertation fellowships to support Harvard graduate students who focus at least half of their dissertation topics on Canada. The dissertation fellowships may be used for students at the research or completion stage. The research fellowships carry term stipends of up to $10,000. GSAS students who will be in their completion year in 2022-2023 will be eligible for a grant equal to the standard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) dissertation completion fellowship stipend, plus facilities fees and individual health insurance. Recipients of these awards become affiliates of the program and are known as Canada Research Fellows.

The Center also awards grants of up to $5,000 for research relating to Canadian studies. These grants are unrestricted and may be used for any research-related expenses, such as travel, data collection, archival work, or interview transcription.

Requests for out-of-cycle support, for nominal amounts designed to assist with unforeseen dissertation research expenses, are welcome and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Proposals with budgets, or general Inquiries, may be sent directly to the Canada Program: Canada@wcfia.harvard.edu.

Who Is Eligible

Harvard doctoral degree candidates in the Faculty for Arts and Sciences, or in one of the University's professional schools, who focus at least half of their dissertation topics on Canada are eligible to apply.


Canada Research Fellows are expected to participate in the Canada Seminar and be involved in other aspects of the Canada Program. Canada Dissertation Fellows must be in residence at Harvard.

For more details on the Canada Program, please contact Helen Clayton.

How to Apply

The application, part of which is available electronically in CARAT, is a standard application form used by GSAS and several other Harvard centers and departments and is located on the GSAS Fellowships website. Applicants should be sure to carefully read all instructions and cover sheets on the GSAS website before beginning their application in CARAT.


Applications will be due February 2023, for dissertation research and completion fellowships and unrestricted research expense grants.

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