Support for Student Initiatives and Study

The Ash Center supports HKS student-led events and initiatives as well as independent study. Preference is given to projects with Ash faculty involvement and applied learning opportunities that overlap with the Center’s core research and programmatic priorities.

Interested students may direct funding inquiries to Tim Glynn-Burke, Executive Director for Programs.

Research Grants

The Center awards research grants to HKS students for independent research projects on an ongoing basis. Research projects are selected based on several criteria:

We invite you to review examples of Policy Analysis Exercises, Second Year Policy Analyses, and independent research by Harvard Kennedy School students whose work was supported, in part, by the Ash Center.

download a copy of the 2021-22 student funding application

Please be sure to complete all fields of this application. In addition to the application and research project proposal, we also request a letter of recommendation or endorsement from a faculty member; this may be submitted with the proposal or emailed by the faculty member directly to Tim Glynn-Burke

Student Group and Journal Support

The Ash Center supports many student organizations and journals which focus on one of our areas of interest. We welcome funding applications from groups and journals as well; please refer to the independent research application for guidelines on submitting an application. We also welcome "standard" proposals used by groups and journals to fundraise across HKS.

Student Democracy Innovation Grant Competition

The Ash Center’s Democracy Innovation Fund recognizes Harvard Kennedy School students who have an innovative project that addresses challenges to democracy or advances democratic principles. Up to five HKS students or student teams will be awarded up to $5,000 in recognition of an idea or project—whether policy, community, scholarly, cultural, or artistic in nature—that enables them to think creatively, to learn, and to explore democracy in innovative ways. Projects and ideas need not be limited to traditional student research or learning activities.

To be considered for the 2022 awards, interested students and student teams should apply by Friday, April 15, 2022. Winners will be announced in Spring 2022. Ongoing support and mentoring for students will be provided by the Ash Center throughout the award period of summer 2022. The 2022 cycle will conclude with a public celebration and sharing of student work with Harvard community and beyond in fall 2022.