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Dean’s Emergency Fund

To help Ph.D. students with unexpected one-time expenses such as travel related to a death in the immediate family, temporary housing after a fire, or emergency dental surgery, the Dean's Office has set aside special funds. Everything you need to know to apply for this assistance is below.

Contact

To discuss your situation and eligibility for the fund, contact Associate Dean Richard Sleight at, richard.sleight@yale.edu.

Purpose

Developed in consultation with the Graduate Student Assembly, the Dean’s Emergency Fund enables students to continue making academic progress despite unanticipated, extreme financial hardships. The fund does not cover recurring expenses; instead, it is intended for Ph.D. students who cannot reasonably resolve their immediate financial difficulty through fellowships, loans, or personal resources. The funding is up to $2,000.

Eligibility

  • The fund is open to all Ph.D. students registered full-time in degree programs of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
  • Situations eligible for funding include such events as:
    • Temporary housing for displacement due to fire, flood, or other unforeseen circumstances
    • Emergency dental expenses (e.g., root canal). Dental emergencies may qualify for up to 50% of the unreimbursed cost.
    • Travel costs related to unexpected crisis or death in the immediate family.
  • Costs must be incurred while registered as a full-time Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Costs for a previous or future academic year are not eligible.
  • The student should intend to continue in the degree program once the emergency is resolved.
  • If you are unsure about your eligibility, we encourage to apply or to speak with Dean Sleight.

Application Process

  • Please provide a brief description of the emergency situation and the amount of funding requested, including a listing of your anticipated or incurred emergency expenses.
  • Application materials should be submitted to GSASadministrativedean@yale.edu.

Review Process

  • Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis once the application is complete.
  • Any information provided will remain confidential.

Repayment

The award does not require repayment. However, to replenish the fund and ensure that future students can receive the same benefit, we encourage awardees to donate to the fund when they are able.