The Isa and Avi Mehta Graduate Student Research Fund in WGSS Grant Application

Created through the generosity of Kavita Patel, Class of 1998, this fund provides research support for graduate students in the WGSS Certificate Program.  Students may apply for up to $5,000 in support for research related to their work in the Certificate, including dissertation research.  Supported expenses may include travel to archives; transcription of interviews; acquisition of inaccessible books or other materials (which may ultimately be offered to the Yale Library; assistance in research.  Applications will be accepted twice a year, in February and October.  The next application deadline is February 14, 2020.  

Original receipts are necessary for reimbursement and applications for expenses already incurred will not be considered.  Award monies are available for one year after the grant has been awarded.  After one year, a request for an extension for the grant must be filed.  Applicants who seek additional funding for a previously supported project must state how the money already received has been used in order to justify the continuation of support.  

To apply, please complete this application; the following will be required:

  1. A description of the work for which funding is needed (one to four double-spaced pages).  This description should offer a specific explanation of the overall project to which the research will contribute and a sense of the scholarly works on which it relies.  Successful proposals usually include:  an introduction to the subject you are researching; a description of the relevant literature; a sense of the argument you hope to make; and a specific explanation of the relationship between the support you are requesting and your ability to make the argument.
  2. An itemized budget and description of the need for support (including the description of any other financial support solicited for this project); airfare and hotel costs should be included as PDFs (include travel website estimates).
  3. The name of one person (normally a Yale faculty member) who will write a letter of recommendation.  Reference wirters should send their letters directly to wgss@yale.edu and should comment on the applicant’s project and ability to carry it out successfully. 
  4. A home address, email address, and phone number.

The next application deadline is February 14, 2020.  Announcement of the award will be made three to four weeks after the application deadline.

(You must be enrolled in the WGSS Graduate Certificate Program to qualify for this travel fund grant.)
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