Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Funding Opportunities

Student Colloquia

The Graduate School established the Dean's Fund for Research Workshops, Seminars and Colloquia to encourage ongoing dialogue between students and faculty regarding their scholarship and research.

Some of these conversations focus on a particular field of study, whereas others address the intersection of multiple disciplines and provide a forum for those at the University who would otherwise have less occasion to interact. The Dean's Fund currently supports over twenty-five student colloquia, many of which renew their funding annually and have become an integral part of Yale's academic community. This program also offers graduate students practical experience in developing and administering academic series and events.

Student-organized research workshops, seminars and colloquia that will hold at least four meetings per term are eligible for support from the Dean's Fund. Please note that departmental activities formally related to degree requirements cannot be supported by the Dean's Fund. Please direct complete proposals via e-mail to Dean Robin Ladouceur according to the following schedule:

Term Award Deadline
Fall: Up to $500
September 30
Spring: Up to $500
January 30
Academic year: Up to $1,000
September 30

The e-mail should contain the following information (MS Word or PDF attachments are acceptable):

  • Names and contact information of the students organizing the series
  • Statement of up to two pages outlining the purpose and objectives of the series
  • Plan for incorporating institutional resources, such as collections, galleries, laboratories or museums, into at least one meeting of the colloquium (e.g., a paper on a current exhibit or research project, a guest speaker from the curatorial staff, or a site visit)
  • Tentative schedule listing proposed topics, readings, panelists or speakers
  • List of expected participants who have expressed interest in the series (both graduate students and faculty)
  • Itemized budget (please note that only $250 per term may be designated for food and refreshments)

Students proposing a series to the Dean's Fund must also request that their DGS draft an e-mail to Dean Ladouceur evaluating the basic merits of the proposed series and detailing the planned involvement of faculty members in the department.