The following funding opportunities notice is being sent to department chairs and administrators in the Arts & Humanities.  Please distribute as appropriate.
FAS Research Development
Opportunities in the Arts, Humanities, and Humanistic Social Sciences

The Milton Fund
Deadline: October 1, 2014
Award Amount: Up to $40,000 for one year

The purpose of the Milton Fund is to provide funding to facilitate new approaches, initiate new projects, and in particular, assist junior members of Harvard schools in establishing their research programs.  The Milton Fund supports studies of a medical, geographical, historical, or scientific nature, which must be either in the interests of promoting the physical and material welfare of the human race, or of investigating and determining the value and importance of a discovery or invention.   


  • Applicants must be voting members of Harvard University Faculty.  Generally, this includes Assistant Professor or above, or Junior Fellows of the Harvard Society of Fellows.
  • The investigation must be of a: (1) medical; (2) geographical; (3) historical; or (4) scientific nature.
  • The investigation must:
    • Be in the interests of or for promoting the physical and material welfare and prosperity of the human race (rather than its spiritual, intellectual or aesthetic welfare);
    • Assist in the discovery and perfecting of any special means of alleviating or curing human  disease; or
    • Investigate and determine the value or importance of any discovery or invention.
  • Applicants having substantial active support ($200K or more not including applicant's salary and fringe benefits) which runs concurrently with the Milton Fund's award period will be assigned a very low priority rating for funding.
  • Ineligible:  Instructors, post-doctoral fellows, residents, those with pending and/or "anticipated" promotions to voting academic status at the time of application submission, and anyone who has received a Milton Fund Grant within the previous five years are not eligible for funding.

Preference is given to new and original projects, especially independent work of recently appointed young faculty members.


Recent FAS recipients include Sven Beckert (History), Michaela Bronstein (Society of Fellows, English Language and Literature), Lucien Castaing-Taylor (VES and Anthropology), Caroline Elkins (History and African and African American Studies), Sylvaine Guyot (Romance Languages and Literature), and Daniel Juette (Society of Fellows, History).


For more information, see here.


Erin Cromack
Research Development Officer

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