Update from the Weiss Fund on the COVID-19 Pandemic
In response to COVID-19, and related concerns about the health and wellbeing of enumerators and research populations, many universities have asked all researchers that "Human subject research which requires in-person contact needs to be suspended. This applies not only to campus, but also in field work.” At the same time, the US and research host countries have introduced travel restrictions. 
Despite current trying and uncertain circumstances, the Weiss Fund is holding a special COVID-19 application cycle.  The Weiss Fund is requesting
 proposals for research that contributes to understanding and addressing the effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic on disadvantaged populations in the developing world. This is an open call, and all relevant proposals will be carefully considered. However, we encourage applications for research that aims to understand how the pandemic has impacted regular health service provision for disadvantaged groups in developing countries, and how policy in those contexts has responded to address potential disruptions.  

All senior and junior ladder faculty, as well as PhD and masters students from eligible institutions who are otherwise eligible to apply for research grants from the Weiss Fund are welcome to submit applications

The COVID-19 application is open until Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 11:59.

Online Application


The Spring 2020 call has closed.

The Weiss Fund


The Weiss Fund for Research in Development Economics supports research by students and ladder faculty at working in development economics, broadly defined. The program funds projects that address a wide range of issues affecting less developed countries.  Participating institutions currently include Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, Northwestern University, Stanford University, and the University of California, Berkeley.  Starting Spring 2020, the students and faculty from the following schools are also eligible to apply: Columbia University, University of Chicago, University of California, San Diego, Princeton University and Yale University.   Read more about the Weiss Fund program expansion here

Two types of funding are available:

• Research project grants
• Exploratory travel grants

The Weiss Fund also facilitates project evaluation opportunities.

• If your organization is interested in recruiting a researcher to conduct an evaluation,
please see the
application instructions.
• If you are a researcher interested in evaluation opportunities,
please peruse the current list of opportunities.


Please email the Weiss Fund (weiss_fund@fas.harvard.edu) with any questions.