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Grants-In-Aid of Undergraduate Research

The Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ), the Harvard University Herbaria (HUH), and the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University (AA) are pleased to award small grants in support of faculty-supervised research by Harvard College undergraduates. Projects in any subject area are eligible for support, although priority may be given to projects that utilize MCZ, HUH, or AA research collections, laboratories and other facilities, and to related fieldwork. Funds from the HUH are primarily available to support projects in the field of plant biology; funds from the AA primarily target research that utilizes its living collections. Projects that facilitate senior honors theses or associated preliminary studies are particularly encouraged. Priority is given to first-time applicants.

Awards range from $500 to $2500 and may provide support for the academic year (fall and spring semesters) or summer. Applicants for spring and summer grants are strongly encouraged to simultaneously apply for research support from the Harvard College Research Program (HCRP).


Harvard College undergraduates only


Applications must be submitted electronically through CARAT (Centralized Application for Research and Travel). You can begin your work, save it, and return to it at a later time. Applications are due by 5 pm on the due date. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted. To apply, please submit the following via CARAT:

  • GUR Application Form
  • Research proposal (approx. 750 words) with citations. Proposals should describe the project's goals, the specific plan to accomplish those goals, and identify a Harvard faculty member who has agreed to supervise the project and explain his/her role in the project
  • Resume
  • Transcript (unofficial accepted)

All documents must be uploaded to CARAT as PDFs. When ready to submit your application, upload the documents to your CARAT registration (covering basic demographic information, project information and budget forms) to complete your application.

Reference letters must be written by your faculty sponsor. Faculty sponsors should review and sign complete applications before the proposal is submitted. Letters of recommendation from faculty sponsors may be submitted through CARAT OR emailed to separately. If submitted separately, the letter must be emailed as a PDF.

Proposals are reviewed three times a year.
Fall: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Spring: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Summer: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Please be sure you upload your application to the relevant GUR cycle in CARAT. Applications uploaded to other cycles will not be considered. Decisions typically will be announced within one month of each deadline.

Please direct all inquiries to Melissa Aja via or 617.495.2460.