Graduate Interdisciplinary Fellowship Competition Now Open

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Friday, August 18, 2023 - 11:45pm
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The Franke Program in Science and the Humanities at Yale

Franke Interdisciplinary Research Awards for Graduate Students

Academic specialization increasingly leads to isolation among scholars and the disciplines they study, resulting in misunderstanding and the erosion of common intellectual goals.  We hold that this isolation is also a barrier to research progress on interdisciplinary questions situated between traditional areas of study.  The Franke Program in Science and the Humanities is founded on the twin convictions that the fundamental questions that engage humanists must be informed by basic insights of science and that meaningful scientific inquiry in turn deepens with humanistic knowledge.

Thus, our program is pleased to announce the Franke Interdisciplinary Research Awards for graduate students.  This summer, the Program plans to select up to five interdisciplinary research projects to receive funding of $2,000 each to be held during the academic year 2023 – 2024.  We welcome proposals that advance our mission of fostering communication, mutual understanding, collaborative research, and teaching among diverse scientific and humanistic disciplines.

Research proposals are required to have two faculty members from different departments/disciplines as intellectual mentors.  Letters of recommendation will be requested from these faculty mentors for short-listed candidates.  Awardees are required to attend up to two dinners in the fall of 2023 and the spring of 2024 and present their projects.  Last year’s awardees and projects may be viewed on our Fellows page.

Please complete and submit via e-mail the following information along with your project proposal to the Program’s Assistant Director, Ty Kamp ( by Friday, August 18, 2023.

Name of Applicant and Yale Affiliation:

Title of Proposed Project:

Faculty Mentors & their fields:

Budget with brief narrative justification:

Dates for Project:

Description of Project (no more than 1,500 words):

Note that all funded projects must cite the support of The Franke Program in Science and the Humanities if outcomes from the work are published or presented.  At the completion of the work, a detailed summary of the work completed and outcomes is to be submitted to the Program.