Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Funding Opportunities

Student Symposia

The Graduate School established the Dean's Fund for Student-Organized Symposia to support graduate students who wish to plan and conduct academic conferences that address their fields of study.

Such activities offer an opportunity for graduate students to build relationships with peers working in their specialities at other institutions, as well as provide them with practical experience in developing and administering an academic event.

The Graduate School offers grants of up to $1,000 for student-organized symposia. Please direct complete proposals via e-mail to Dean Robin Ladouceur. Proposals must be received at least six months in advance of the date of the event.

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

  • Names and contact information of the students organizing the event
  • Statement of up to two pages outlining the purpose and objectives of the symposium
  • Tentative schedule listing proposed dates, location, topics, readings, panelists, speakers and activities
  • Itemized budget of planned expenses and income sought from or pledged by other sources
  • Plan for promoting conference attendance both within and outside of Yale (as appropriate) with a summary of any such activity to date
  • List of expected participants who have expressed interest in the series (both graduate students and faculty)

Students proposing an event 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 event and any planned involvement of faculty members in the department.