The Dependent Care Fund for Short-term Professional Travel (DCF) is intended to provide financial assistance to Harvard Ladder Faculty who would like to travel for a professional event that will advance their academic careers, and who also have child care or adult dependent care obligations. DCF grants are awarded to defray incremental costs due to added caregiving needs incurred as a result of traveling for career purposes. Such costs may include those associated with transporting a dependent and/or a caregiver to a conference location or research site, extra dependent care at home while the recipient is traveling, or on-site care at a meeting. Faculty may apply for one grant within a given academic year, up to a maximum of $1,000 in funding per academic year.
Special Instructions for FAS faculty
Tenure-track FAS faculty are additionally eligible for awards from the FAS Dependent Care Fund and should apply first to the FAS fund by contacting the relevant Assistant Dean in their division (Arts & Humanities, Social Science, Science, and SEAS). The FAS DCF also has a $1,000 funding cap per scholar, per academic year. Please note that the FAS fund accepts rolling applications throughout the year. Check out the FAS faculty affairs website for more information.
DCF awards may be used in conjunction with existing benefits offered through other work/life programs, such as Care.com BackupCare, which can provide qualified caregivers in many American cities (pre-registration is required). The DCF is intended to assist all ladder faculty. Please note that for HMS/HSDM, only Quad-based faculty who are employed directly by Harvard University are eligible.
To meet the following eligibility criteria to apply for a DCF grant, you must:
Work in a benefits-eligible position. This means you must be:
AND be employed in one of the following capacities:
Title, Job Code:
|HMS Professor||(000021, 000031)|
|Associate Professor||(000151, 000152, 000191, 000192)|
|Assistant Professor||(000201, 000202, 000263, 000264)|
|Professor in Practice, GSD||(000034, 000035)|
|Associate Adjunct Professor, GSD||(000036)|
|Assistant Adjunct Professor, GSD||(000037)|
|Benjamin Peirce Fellow||(000045)|
*If you are unsure of your job code, please contact the Office of Work/Life Resources or your school's faculty affairs office.*
Faculty may apply for one grant within a given academic year, up to a maximum of $1,000 in funding per academic year. Payments to employees are treated as additional compensation and are made through the regular payroll system. DCF awards are considered taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service. Applications should be submitted via the FD&D online form. Please follow the link on the right under NEXT STEPS.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Requests should be submitted via the online form. Applications will be reviewed and provisional awards will be made on a rolling basis within 3 weeks of request date. Grant recipients must submit receipts for the DCF-funded expenses upon their return from event and prior to one of the reimbursement dates (see below).
Please send receipts to:
Dependent Care Fund
Office of Work/Life
Attn: Natalie Beaumont-Smith
124 Mt Auburn Street, 3rd floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
AWARD PAYMENT PROCEDURE AND SCHEDULE
DCF awards are paid when receipts are submitted and payment is made in the form of a paper check to the recipient's home.
For travel that occurs after July 1, 2013 and before June 30, 2014 receipts must be received by the Office of Work/Life by June 15, 2014 in order for timely processing. Receipts received after this date will be accepted by prior arrangement only.
A note on reimbursement payments:
The Dependent Care Travel Fund is a reimbursement program – you will only be reimbursed up to your award amount OR your total costs if these are less than your award. The maximum award is $1,000 in any academic year.
Once you have submitted your receipts to the Office of Work/Life for review, a paper check will be sent to your home. Program reimbursement payments are considered additional compensation. This addition to your regular wages will be taxed at a higher percentage and represents amounts withheld for federal income taxes, FICA and FICA-HI, and Massachusetts state income taxes.
However, reimbursements from the Dependent Care Fund only will be “grossed up” to cover the expected supplemental tax withholding.
Please see the following generalized examples:
Your award is $1,000 and you submit dependent and/or care-giver airline receipts for $1,500 to the Office of Work/Life. It is approved and a payment of $1,000 is sent to payroll for processing. Your reimbursement check will be for approximately $1,000 since for DCF payments only, the required supplemental tax withholding on the payment is covered.
Your award is $1,000 and you submit additional dependent child care receipts for $500 to the Office of Work/Life. It is approved and a payment of $500 is sent to payroll for processing. Your reimbursement check will be for approximately $500, since for DCF payments only, the required supplemental tax withholding on the payment is covered. The remaining $500 can be held over for a different professional travel event in the same academic year (July 1 through June 30). A new application should be submitted.
Questions may be addressed to the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity: firstname.lastname@example.org.