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Dean's Colloquia and Symposia Funds

If you are a Ph.D. student and have an idea you’d like to share with the broader intellectual community, you may want to apply for funding to create a student-led colloquium or symposium. The Graduate School Dean’s Office supports a number of initiatives and programs for graduate students and faculty through the: 

Additionally, you can get funding to connect with others for:

For any questions about Colloquia or Symposia funding, please contact Dean Richard Sleight.

Colloquia

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

Some focus on a particular field of study; others address the intersection of multiple disciplines and provide a forum for those at the University who might otherwise never interact. The Dean’s Fund currently supports more than 30 student colloquia, many of which renew their funding annually and are an integral part of Yale’s academic community. You are welcome to participate in an existing colloquium or create a new one. Organizing a workshop, seminar, or colloquium will give you practical experience in developing and administering academic series and events.

To qualify for support, student-organized research workshops, working groups, seminars, and colloquia must hold at least four meetings per term. Please note that departmental activities formally related to degree requirements cannot be supported by the Dean’s Fund.

Notice: Fall 2020 applications and applications for a full year of colloquia support must be for remote colloquia only.  In-person colloquia will not be funded.  The maximum honoraria for a non-Yale speaker is $200.  A decision concerning in-person colloquia applications for the spring 2021 term will be made prior to the opening of the spring application.

Deadlines:

  • Fall Term Award Deadline: September 15 (up to $500)
  • Spring Term Award Deadline: January 20 (up to $500)
  • Academic Year Award Deadline: September 15 (up to $1,000)

To apply, please fill out the online application at http://gsas.yale.edu/deans-fund-research-workshops-seminars-colloquia. Applicants should also have a recommendation letter from their faculty adviser/sponsor sent to GSASadministrativedean@yale.edu.

Note: If you are proposing a new series to be supported by the Dean’s Fund, your DGS needs to send an email to Dean Richard Sleight evaluating the merits of the proposal 

and detailing the planned involvement of faculty members.

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 in their fields of study.

By running a symposium, you will forge connections with peers both at Yale and at other institutions and gain valuable practical experience in developing and administering an academic event.

The Graduate School offers grants of up to $1,000 for student-organized symposia.

Notice: Fall 2020 symposia applications must be for remote symposia only.  In-person events will not be funded.  The maximum honoraria for a non-Yale speaker is $200.  A decision concerning in-person symposia applications for the spring 2021 term will be made prior to the opening of the spring application.

Award Deadlines:

  • For symposia occurring in the fall term: September 15
  • For symposia occurring in the spring term: January 20

To apply,  please fill out the online application at http://gsas.yale.edu/deans-fund-research-workshops-seminars-colloquia. Applicants should also have a recommendation letter from their faculty adviser/sponsor sent to GSASadministrativedean@yale.edu.

Note: If you are proposing a new symposium to be supported by the Dean’s Fund, your DGS needs to send an email to Dean Richard Sleight evaluating the merits of the proposed event and any planned involvement of faculty members in the department.