Columbia University in the City of New York

First Book Subvention Program

The Harriman Institute First Book Subvention Program will grant two awards up to $3000 each, on a competitive basis annually, to first-time authors who have secured publishing contracts.

Program Details


  • Harriman Postdoctoral Fellows and Harriman Ph.D. graduates (including Harriman Certificate holders, concentrators, Harriman junior fellows and award holders, etc.) from any school or department (within 6 years of graduation or termination of postdoctoral appointment).
  • For individuals who have authored first books (multiple-authored books and edited volumes are not eligible). Subject of the book must have some connection to the Harriman Institute’s region and/or fields of study.


  • The book must be under contract with an appropriate publisher. The publisher must agree to acknowledge Harriman Institute support in the book’s front matter.
  • The book will appear in the institute’s series Studies of the Harriman Institute.
  • Publisher’s peer reviews and contract will be submitted with letter of application. Additional outside reviews may be commissioned by the Harriman Publications Committee.
  • The grant will be paid directly to the publisher.

How to Apply

Send a short letter of application, attaching publishers’ peer reviews, if available, and contract, to Ronald Meyer.

Applications due November 15, April 1..