To help terminal master’s and 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.
Notice: Until further notice, there is a ban on funding travel.
To discuss your situation and eligibility for the fund, contact Deputy Dean Pamela Schirmeister.
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 master’s and Ph.D. students who cannot reasonably resolve their immediate financial difficulty through fellowships, loans, or personal resources. Each funding request is eligible for an award of up to $2,000.
- The fund is open to all terminal master’s and Ph.D. students registered full-time in degree programs of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
- Funding may be used to cover things such 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, up to $2,000.
- Travel costs related to unexpected crisis or death in the immediate family.
- For additional examples concerning funding eligibility and for list of requests that have not been supported please see Summary of Emergency Fund Requests here.
- Costs must be incurred while the student is registered full-time in a terminal master’s or Ph.D. program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Costs incurred during a previous academic year are not eligible.
- The student should intend to continue in the degree program once the emergency is resolved.
- If a student is unsure about eligibility, they should contact Dean Sleight.
- Applicants should provide a brief description of the emergency situation and the amount of funding requested, including a listing of anticipated or incurred emergency expenses.
- Application materials should be submitted to GSASadministrativedean@yale.edu.
- Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis once the application is complete.
- Any information provided will remain confidential.
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.