Summer Thesis Awards


Each year MBB awards several Mary Gordon Roberts Fellowships to undergraduates to support research that will contribute to their senior honors theses. Applicants must be juniors or first-semester seniors in an MBB track, or in the MBB secondary field if they are doing MBB-related theses.

Funding is available for a combination of (1) research expenses and (2) either living expenses or wages/stipend. Awards do not fund travel home but may fund research-related travel. Non-stipendiary fellowships are also available; see below for details.

Because MBB funds are limited, we urge students planning summer thesis research to pursue other funding possibilities as well, including support from the Harvard College Research Program (HCRP) and your thesis advisor or her/his laboratory/research program. MBB usually cannot fully fund a project but works with other funding sources like HCRP to make co-awards that will meet a project's needs.

For summer 2021, some thesis writers will work on projects virtually from home, rather than physically in the laboratory, archives, or other venue. These students will probably not have research expenses, but may apply for a non-stipendiary award. A non-stipendiary Mary Gordon Roberts Fellowship recognizes a high-quality thesis project and can thus be usefully noted in one's resume/CV and on professional/graduate school and employment applications. To apply for a non-stipendiary award, submit all required material but note "$0.00" in the budget.

You will use CARAT (the Common Application for Research and Travel) to apply to both the Mary Gordon Roberts Fellowship and the HCRP award. Log onto CARAT at https://carat.fas.harvard.edu.for forms and instructions. For the MBB award,  CARAT expects you to complete the CARAT form (including budget) and upload a project proposal, unofficial transcript, and resume. Your thesis/research supervisor should also upload a letter of recommendation by the deadline.

Summer 2021 applications for the Mary Gordon Roberts Fellowship and HCRP Awards are both due at noon on Thursday, April 1st, 2021.

If you have any questions about submitting your material, feel free to email them to Shawn. He'll be happy to answer them for you.