The GSAS Research Workshops Program encourages scholarly discussion of works-in-progress by supporting workshops for graduate students who are learning to conceive and write scholarly articles, thesis prospectuses, and dissertations. The Workshops also offer faculty members an opportunity to share drafts of their scholarly work with others in their field. Topics may be cross-disciplinary, and although faculty must submit the formal application, graduate students are encouraged to generate interest and ideas for workshops.

Grants of up to $5,000 per year are available for projects in the humanities and social sciences. Workshops must include at least two faculty members and six graduate students who will meet regularly over the course of the academic year. Participants may also invite occasional visiting scholars (one to two per term) whose work is of special interest to give presentations. Funds may be used to underwrite the cost of travel expenses for a guest scholar, photocopying materials, refreshments for meetings, and a modest salary for a student to coordinate workshop activities.

This very successful program is fully supported by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Two hundred and forty-seven workshops have been supported by the program to date.

View our roster of 2015-2016 Research Workshops.

A Call for Proposals

The application deadline for the next round of the GSAS Research Workshops Program is March 7, 2016, for funding to begin in September 2016. Proposals should be submitted to Sheila Thomas, associate dean for academic programs and diversity, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Smith Campus Center 350, 1350 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138. If you have questions or would like more information on how to start generating a workshop proposal, please call or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at (617) 495-5315.

Download the 2016-2017 Application Guidelines and Cover Sheet.