Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Belonging at Yale Grants

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The Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning and the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM) seek to support ambitious efforts from Yale faculty to engage questions of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in scholarship and pedagogy. We invite proposals that extend beyond making a single course more inclusive and focus on broader impact on belonging within the Yale community. Proposed events—featuring invited scholars or practitioners—might include academic conferences, speaker series, film screenings, seminars, colloquia, or roundtables. Any programming should address issues of campus climate and/or institutional diversity. Collaborations between more than one school or program of the University are particularly encouraged. Please note, students should apply for the Student Grants for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging offered by the Office of the Secretary and Vice President for University Life. 

Appropriate proposals might include: multi-class curricular redesign with an emphasis on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB); or inviting a panel of experts to speak in a seminar or symposium and also meet informally with faculty and/or students to discuss DEIB within the academy. 

Examples of what might be funded through the Belonging at Yale grants for faculty include:

  • The Poorvu Center sponsors a visit from a professor of biological sciences who speaks about diversity and equity on a national level, addressing campus strategies for DEI in a lunchtime roundtable, a workshop, and visits with students in a department.

  • RITM supports a one-day symposium focusing on the work of a scholar of Latinx literature at another Ivy League university; the following morning, the department chair hosts a junior faculty breakfast with the visitor to discuss mentoring, publishing, “invisible labor,” and career advancement.

To allow us to fund a diverse array of initiatives, we only allow one grant per group per year. For those applying for a second year in a row, it must be made clear how the grant will build on the previous year’s project/event. Most grants are funded between $500 and $2500. Larger awards will be considered for particularly ambitious proposals that provide more depth than an invited speaker and lunch discussion or provide more breadth than reaching those in a single department. If you have a more ambitious project, we welcome early inquiries to discuss potential ideas by contacting us at faculty.teaching@yale.edu.

We may also be able to advise you about other available opportunities or potential collaborations. Please note: proposals that focus on innovations for an individual course rather than broader Yale community impact (up to $500) should be directed to the Instructional Enhancement Fund.

The Grants for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging are an initiative of Belonging at Yale and is a partnership with the Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life, which offers similar grant support for students and student organizations.  

Additional guidelines, including the requirement for a brief final report, will be provided to successful applicants. For additional information, please contact faculty.teaching@yale.edu.  

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To apply for funding, please click here to complete the DEIB Faculty Grant Application. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Page Last Updated: August 2023