Research Funding Opportunities

The HUH is pleased to offer resources to help researchers fund their work through travel grants and fellowships. The resources vary in focus, eligibility and application process. Please see the individual descriptions below for more details. For more information on our funding opportunites, please contact

HUH Travel Grant (PDF) 
The Harvard University Herbaria awards travel grants for research in plant, fungal, and algal biodiversity to non-Harvard researchers wishing to conduct research at the HUH. The principal objective of these grants is to stimulate systematic research on neglected taxa or little studied regions of the world. Of particular interest are taxa with numerous poorly described species in institutional collections. We also encourage use of our libraries. **Foreign nationals please note that depending on your immigration and visa status, it is possible that you will not receive your award until after you have traveled to the Harvard Herbaria.** 
Proposals are reviewed twice a year; application deadlines are 15 October and 1 April. 

HUH Research Fellowship 
The Harvard University Herbaria Research Fellowship is a plant and/or fungal science fellowship awarded for two years under the mentorship of a Harvard University faculty member. The goal of the program is to facilitate collections-based research using resources at the HUH which include more than five million specimens of algae, bryophytes, fungi, and vascular plants with complementary Libraries and Archives. The collection includes herbarium sheet material of extant species as well as a paleobotanical and archaeobotanical collection and artifacts of economically important plants and fungi. Fellowships are awarded through a competitive review process. Applications are accepted annually online only through ARIeS in the Fall.
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Farlow Fellowship 
The Farlow Fellowship, a 1-year fellowship with renewal possible for up to 3 years, aims to facilitate research on and curation of the collections at the Farlow Herbarium, the HUH unit that contains more than 1.5 million specimens of fungi, bryophytes, algae, and lichens. Applications are sought from early career individuals with a research program involving collection-based taxonomy and/or systematics in groups represented in the Farlow collection, as well as a strong interest in the curation and stewardship of the collection. Applications are sought approximately every 3 years, online only through ARIeS; the next application period is expected to be in Fall 2022.
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Friends of the Farlow Fellowships
The Friends of the Farlow supports fellowships for graduate student and professional study at the Farlow. Visit the FoF website for details.

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. Funds from the HUH are primarily available to support projects in the field of plant biology. Priority is given to first-time applicants. Awards range from $500 to $4,000 and may provide support for the academic year (fall and spring semesters) or summer.