Student Research Support Program (for Harvard Faculty and Graduate Students)

The Joint Center for Housing Studies offers grants of up to $5,000 for Harvard graduate students working with faculty members on research, courses, and other projects related to housing, community development, or related urban issues. 

Faculty members can use the funds to pay graduate students who are working on faculty research projects, on independent research projects supervised by faculty members, or on new courses, labs, studios or other projects. While the money primarily should be used for compensation, up to 20 percent can be used for other expenses such as data acquisition or travel for field research.

Recipients are expected to produce a final product, which could be a short paper, case study, course syllabus, planning framework, design portfolio, or multi-media presentation. This work should be completed within a year of spending the money. If appropriate, the work also will be shared with the broader community in a variety of ways, such as a Joint Center publication, public presentation, blog posting, or online presentation.

How to Apply

Members of the Joint Center’s Faculty Advisory Committee will review the applications to assess the project’s relevance, clarity, and feasibility. Awards will also be made with the goal of funding a diversity of topics, methodologies, and academic disciplines. Preference will be given to faculty who have not previously received this award. Recipients will receive their funds in June 2019 and should use them by July 1, 2020.

For more information, please contact David Luberoff, the Joint Center’s Deputy Director by email at or by phone at 617-495-9850.

Click here to download an application form.

The application deadline is Friday, March 22, 2019.