Summer Thesis Awards

DEADLINE POSTPONED: Fellowship applications are now due at noon on Wednesday, April 1st.

INSTRUCTIONS ADDENDUM: Complete your application, particularly your project proposal, as if you will be conducting in-house research this summer (e.g., in the lab, at the archives). If circumstances change, you may need to adjust your proposal and we may need to adjust our award decisions and amounts. We will follow the best practices of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (URAF).

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. Recipients of Mary Gordon Roberts Fellowships who receive financial aid are also eligible for a Deans Summer Research Award to go toward their summer savings requirement.

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.

You will use CARAT (the Common Application for Research and Travel) to apply to both the Mary Gordon Roberts Fellowship and the HCRP award. Long onto CARAT at 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 2020 applications for the Mary Gordon Roberts Fellowship and HCRP Awards are both due at noon on Wednesday, April 1st, 2020. For the Mary Gordon Roberts, you should submit the following:

  • an online copy of your application material submitted via CARAT
  • a pdf copy of your application material in two parts, emailed to The first pdf should include your project proposal, and the second pdf should include your CARAT application general information page, your CARAT budget form, your unofficial transcript, and your resume (in that order - you may need to print out and scan these pages because they appear with the project proposal in the CARAT system, and we need the proposal separately).

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.