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Message from the Dean, Yale GSAS: New Conference Travel Funding

December 8, 2017

It is with great pleasure that I write to announce a substantial increase in the amount of funding available for conference travel from two new sources.

First, the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale has committed $120,000 annually to its newest program to support Yale Ph.D. students in their professional development. All Ph.D. students in the Humanities and the Social Sciences are eligible to apply for MacMillan Center International Conference Travel Grants to support their travel to recognized scholarly conferences, workshops, and meetings as a program participant. The meeting may be in the United States or abroad and the student must be on the program as a presenter, session chair, or discussant speaking on an international topic. More information about the MacMillan Center International Conference Travel Grants and the application requirements can be found on the Yale Students Grants and Fellowships Database by searching for “conference grant”.

Second, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office has generously agreed to match the funds provided by the Graduate School to double the available resources for the Graduate Student Assembly Conference Travel Fellowship, for a total of $120,000 annually. The enhanced funding will be distributed by the Graduate Student Assembly to Humanities and Social Sciences Ph.D. students presenting work on non-international topics, and to Natural Science students. The GSA will complete its December funding cycle, which is underway, and transition to a new application process for its March cycle. Details will be available shortly.

Eligibility requirements and application procedures are the same for both grants. The conference travel grants supplement funds that Ph.D. students can receive from their home department, elsewhere at Yale or from the conference if it provides travel subsidies. Grants will be awarded through a simple, need-based application process administered on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted in each of four funding cycles. Ph.D. students pre-candidacy may receive up to $500 for each conference and Ph.D. candidates post-candidacy may receive up to $750 for each conference. Payment is by reimbursement of receipts. There is no limit on the number of conferences for which a student may seek funding, as long as all other application requirements are met.

I am very grateful both to the MacMillan Center and to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office for their generous contributions. The new funding underscores their commitment to graduate education and recognizes the important role that participation in academic meetings contributes to your professional growth. I know that you join me in thanking them.

Lynn Cooley, Ph.D.
Dean, Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
C.N.H. Long Professor of Genetics
Professor of Cell Biology and MCDB