HEWG welcomes research in any stage, from nascent ideas to polished presentations. However, our grant program (internal, for Harvard students) focuses on those who presented research designs in HEWG and need some money to help them pilot their projects.


Grants are available to anyone who has presented at the workshop. Because the working group aims to foster a dedicated group for constructive feedback, preference will be given to applicants who regularly attend HEWG or who demonstrate (e.g. through providing written feedback to presenters they can't be there for) a commitment to helping others in the group. The workshop is open to all graduate students in the Department of Government; if you are interested in participating, please contact Hunter Rendleman ( to be put on our mailing list.

Grant Process

Grants of approximately $300 - 500 will be offered, after considering the quality of the application and the applicant's participation in the workshop, to those who (1) present a research design in the workshop, (2) implement changes based on their HEWG feedback, and (3) submit a research design (approximately two pages), a draft of their experimental instrument, and budget on or before one of our four deadlines throughout the 2020-2021 year: October 25, December 13, March 20, and April 17. Please include any other sources of funding you have procured in your budget. At each of these deadlines, 1-3 projects will be approved for funding, depending on the number of people who apply and funds available. Submissions should have IRB approval or be under review, and you should indicate in your application that you have submitted (or plan on submitting) a pre-analysis plan for this project to a repository like EGAP. The HEWG faculty sponsor will also review each submission.


If you are interested in applying, please email your submission to Hunter Rendleman ( on or before one of our four deadlines. Please feel free to be in touch about the process before the deadlines as well.