Summer Travel Grants

Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at Harvard are invited to apply are invited to apply for a HURI Summer Research Travel Grant, which supports research on a Ukrainian studies topic conducted in Ukraine during the upcoming summer.

Grants of up to $2,500 for graduate students and $2,000 for undergraduates are awarded for travel and research expenses.

Note for Summer 2021: Please closely follow Harvard's Travel Guidance and adjust your research plans accordingly. Currently, doctoral students may petition to be allowed to travel for research. However, all other students are prohibited. HURI Summer Research Travel Grants are contingent on Harvard's approval of associated travel. HURI will accept proposals to conduct remote research, if necessary and applicable to the applicant's project and financial need. In your Research Proposal, please clearly indicate whether it involves travel or remote work. If it is too early to know if travel is a possibility, you are encouraged to submit a "Plan B" proposal, with associated budget; in other words, submit both your travel-based proposal as well as a secondary plan that would not require travel.

Students wishing to apply for a HURI summer research travel grant must prepare an application using Harvard's Common Application for Research and Travel (CARAT), available starting in January each year. The 2021 application deadline is Thursday, February 25.

Application proposals will be reviewed by HURI’s selection committee and decisions will be announced by mid-April.

Contact HURI Programs Coordinator Megan K. Duncan Smith at with any questions.

Read about some of our past travel grant recipients.

Application Requirements

•    CARAT Application (including Project Description and Budget)
•    Current (unofficial) Harvard transcript
•    CV/Resume, 1-2 pages only
•    One (1) letter of recommendation
•    Research Proposal, 750 words or less
•    Optional: Plan B Proposal, 750 words or less, including a revised budget


•    Open to all Harvard students
•    Research projects must be on a topic directly related to Ukraine
•    Proposals for research in Ukraine or in Ukraine combined with another destination will be considered
•    Research must be conducted during the upcoming summer