Dean's Fund Guidelines
Applicants for assistance from the Dean’s Fund must be regularly enrolled Ph.D. candidates at the time of application and at the time of their proposed presentation.
Applicants must have been invited to deliver a paper that represents their own work. Giving a poster presentation, serving as a discussant or respondent on a panel, giving a job talk, etc., do not qualify for support.
Applicants must be in year of study three through the first year of DCE status. Priority in funding will be given to students in the humanities and social sciences, and to those in the natural sciences and engineering in the higher years of study (i.e. G4, G5, and first year DCE).
Please complete and submit the application form. The student's adviser must email their approval to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please email a copy of the letter of acceptance to the conference OR a copy of the conference program where your name, paper title, date and time of talk appear to email@example.com. Your application will be considered incomplete without these. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their application is complete.
Awards will be funded at cost to a maximum of $600. Students who are awarded a grant will be paid at the end of the month in their regular stipend checks. If a student is awarded less than the maximum, he or she may apply for assistance for additional trips (under the same guidelines as above), but may not receive more than the $600 maximum per academic year.
The Graduate School will, in cases where there is a departmental or other non-Graduate School contribution, consider matching that contribution, up to the $600 limit.
Requests are received, in part, on a first-come, first-served basis. Preference will be given to students in departments with limited financial resources or departments which have no funding of their own for this type of activity. Preference will be given to students in the humanities and social sciences, and to those in the natural sciences and engineering in the higher years of study (i.e. G4, G5, and first year DCE). Priority may be given to those in higher year's of study for whom the exposure is more critical.
Preference will be given to those students who have made a good-faith attempt to secure partial funding for their trips from their advisor, from departmental, or from non-departmental sources before requesting assistance from the Dean’s Fund. The Dean’s Fund will be able to assist many more students if it can cost-share expenses for paper-giving trips.