Thesis Support

Awards and Benefits

The Canada Program at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs will award undergraduate thesis research grants of up to $5,000 each for field research in Canada. Recipients of the grants will be named Canada Research Fellows and will be afforded the opportunity to present their thesis research at the WCFIA Undergraduate Conference which is traditionally held during the spring semester before theses are due.

Internship Support

The Canada Program is pleased to offer support for undergraduates who are embarking on summer or J-term internships with non-profit groups or with non-governmental organizations. Proposals with budgets and faculty letters of support, or general inquiries, may be directed to the Canada Program:

Out-of-Cycle Support

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

Who Is Eligible

The Center invites the thesis reseach grant applications from Harvard College students, generally juniors, who will be writing senior honors theses, and whose research is focused significantly on Canadian issues. We invite, too, requests for internship support and out-of-cycle funding, from Harvard College students who are in the exploratory stages of research pertaining to Canada. 


Recipients of the Canada thesis grants will be encouraged to participate in the Canada Seminar and to become involved in other aspects of the Canada Program. For more details on the Canada Program, please contact Helen Clayton.

How to Apply

The Weatherhead Center uses a common application form, CARAT for thesis research grants. Before beginning your application in CARAT, make sure you read all application instructions which you will find when you log into CARAT on the top menu under “Funding Sources and Supplements.” Once there, scroll down and carefully read all of the details and instructions for Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Undergraduate Thesis Research Grants.

Requests for Internship or out-of-cycle funding should include a brief proposal of the project, a budget, and a faculty letter of support, and can be submitted directly to the Canada Program


Thesis research grants: February 2023

Internship and out-of-cycle support: No deadline

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