Fellow Research/Travel Awards

We are pleased to announce the 2020 MBB Young Investigator Awards, intended to help fellows better
understand MBB-related issues by engaging in interdisciplinary experiences. Whether you are currently
involved in interdisciplinary work or are planning to start a new interdisciplinary endeavor, all Harvard fellows
in MBB-related fields are encouraged to apply for funding. The maximum award amount is $10,000, but most
awards for research will not exceed $5,000.


This year's application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on February 10, 2020.

The types of expenses and experiences we hope to fund include (but are not limited to):

  • Cross-disciplinary experiences: expenses to study or conduct research in a department or lab different from the applicant's current home department.
  • Course or conference in another field: registration, travel, tuition, or other relevant funding for a conference or course in an MBB field other than the applicant's primary field.
  • Interdisciplinary projects: travel, research, or equipment for ongoing projects in interdisciplinary MBB topics. For example, funds could support a project on the psychology of music or applying new computational methods to semantics.
  • Interdisciplinary research teams: initiating, continuing, or completing collaborative research projects with fellows in other MBB fields.
  • Research-directed reading groups: initiating reading groups with members from multiple departments, with the aim of producing interdisciplinary research ideas, review papers, or book reviews. A grant might cover reading material (e.g. a book per reading group member) and refreshments at meetings.

Award recipients will be required to submit a brief final written report on their interdisciplinary experience,
the fruits of their work, and the insights gained. Recipients will also be called upon to present at an MBB event
involving faculty and fellow graduate students.


MBB Young Investigator Application 2020.pdf257 KB
Budget Template12 KB