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Call for Conference Proposals

The Mahindra Center once again welcomes all Harvard graduate students to submit proposals to coordinate an Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference. Funding for the conference will be available up to the amount of $8,000. The Barker Center’s Thompson Room has been reserved on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28, 2020.


  • Proposal submissions should consist of a one- to two-page description, outlining the proposed theme, structure, timeline, keynote speaker (if applicable), and well-thought-out budget.
  • Conference topic should be interdisciplinary, and proposal should make the case for its innovative approaches and relevance to a range of fields.
  • Proposal should be a collaborative effort between two or more Harvard graduate students.
  • Only one panel should be scheduled at a time to maximize attendance.
  • Since this is an opportunity for graduate students to share and explore their work in a collegial environment, faculty involvement should be minimal. You are welcome to propose faculty as panel moderators or keynote speakers, though be mindful of the budgetary limitations (travel/ honorarium/hotel) with the latter.
  • Funds for travel expenses can only be used to reimburse keynote speakers.
  • In addition to $8,000 from the Mahindra Center, coordinators are encouraged to seek additional funding from their respective departments.
  • Proposals for conferences already in the development stage, but whose organizers are seeking additional funding, will not be considered.

You may download examples of past graduate conference budgets and proposals.


Deadline extension: Please submit proposals via email to humcentr@fas.harvard.edu by Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

Recent Graduate Student Conferences sponsored or co-sponsored by the Mahindra Center: