Funding for Conferences, Research and Language Training

All admitted Ph.D. students receive five full years of funding, including tuition, health insurance, and a generous stipend. This page contains information about additional sources of funding for conference attendance, research, and language training, as well as general information about outside funding opportunities. University rules about funding appear here, including details about how external fellowships affect Yale support.

Conference Travel Support

To support students as developing scholars, the Department will, as funds permit, provide an annual conference attendance award to currently enrolled students in years 1-6 in the PhD program. (Students in later years may be supported at the discretion of the DGS and depending on the availability of funds.) The award for conference travel will be $450 for students in their first two years, and $700 thereafter. Each student will receive no more than one travel award each academic year (July 1 to June 30).

To be eligible for an award, a student must attend an organized conference to present a paper (including in a poster session), participate in a roundtable, or serve as a discussant. Individual invited talks (e.g., participating in a seminar at another university), attendance at public lectures, symposiums, or training workshops, etc., are not supported.

Please note that award income will be reported as taxable income by Yale University, so it is the student’s responsibility to ascertain whether or not the income is taxable (see for further details).

For complete details about the program, please read the Conference Travel Award Policy. To file a request for a travel award, please fill out the Conference Travel Award Request Form.

Please note: The Graduate Student Assembly also administers a competitive Travel Fund. Please note that the GSA program has specific application deadlines.

Research Support

Students seeking financial support for their research are encouraged to review the list of programs supported by the Graduate School and the University Grants and Fellowships Database. Many students have taken advantage of the opportunities for funding supported by Yale’s MacMillan Center and the Institution for Social and Policy Studies.

There are also numerous outside sources of support for dissertation research, including the National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grants and the Social Science Research Council.

The Graduate School Health Preparation for Travel Fund will reimburse the cost of inoculations at Yale University Health Services that are required for travel outside the United States for dissertation research.

Summer Language Training Support

Yale has several sources of funding for summer language training. Two key resources are the programs overseen by the MacMillan Center and the Graduate School’s Summer Language Institute Fellowships.

(Note that there are also limited opportunities for Graduate School funding for participation in non-Language summer programs through the Summer Program Tuition Fellowships).

General Outside Funding Opportunities