Below is a list of awards, fellowships, and funds available to undergraduate art-makers. Each of Yale’s Residential Colleges also offers funding, and students should contact their Head of College offices for information on fellowships and awards.

The Arts Discretionary Fund

The Arts Discretionary Fund (ADF) supports the development of exceptional and imaginative projects that are timely, relevant, and contribute to Yale College students’ artistic knowledge and technical accomplishment. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Creative and Performing Arts Awards

The Creative and Performing Arts (CPA) Awards support on-campus dramatic, musical, dance, video or film productions, literary publications, and visual art exhibitions. Awards are made through the residential colleges and applications are reviewed at the start of each semester.

Mellon Program Funds

Mellon Program funds are available for educational programs in the residential colleges, including teaching in the colleges, Mellon Senior Forums, and Undergraduate Research Grants. Each residential college has formal application process to select undergraduates for research awards. Contact your Head of College office for information.

Richter Summer Fellowships

Richter Summer Fellowships are awarded for independent study and research. Applications are due in the spring semester. Contact your Head of College office for information.

Traphagen Alumni Speakers Series

The Traphagen Alumni Speakers Series brings distinguished alumni to campus so that students may enjoy direct access to their thoughts, ideas, and experiences. Faculty, Yale College Dean’s Office staff, and registered undergraduate organizations may request funding from the Traphagen Funds. Funding is limited and it is not typically granted for routine, yearly activities.

Undergraduate Organizations Funding Committee

Undergraduate Organizations Funding Committee (UOFC) distributes funds to registered undergraduate organizations five times per semester for three types of grants: administrative, event, and publications. Be sure to read the committee’s guidelines and forms for applying.

Yale Student Grants Database

Yale Student Grants Database is the single best place to search for Yale funding and information about external awards which require application through Yale. The database is searchable by class year, keyword, or eligibility.


Other Funding Sources

Organizations led by undergraduates provide additional opportunities beyond the curriculum for personal development and growth. Click here for some of the College funding sources available to registered student organizations.