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Individual and Group Grants

YSEA gives out grants every year to support undergraduates in their STEM-related endeavors. Our two main types of grants are individual grants and group grants. Individual grants are intended to fund a research project undertaken by a single student working with a faculty supervisor. Group grants, on the other hand, are intended to fund a project undertaken by a group of students working under a faculty supervisor, such as those sponsored by Yale student organizations.

The individual and group grants are intended to fund a project that has specific objectives and can be completed within a year. In all cases, the work must be performed under the supervision of a member of the Yale faculty.

Note that if your grant application is not initially accepted, we will work with you to help bring the application up to our standards!

Another thing to keep in mind is that we accept all well-written and compelling grants! Email for grant writing support.

Grant recipients are expected to submit a report to the YSEA Undergraduate Grants Committee at the conclusion of the project. We generally ask that these submittals be suitable for publication in the Yale Scientific Magazine or the YSEA website. Note that eligibility for future grant funding is contingent on receipt of a summary at the conclusion of the project for each grant received.

Grant recipients are also expected to maintain records supporting the use of funds and may be required to provide reports of supported activities.

To apply for a YSEA grant (individual or group) please submit all materials to the YSEA undergraduate grants committee at

The application process for all grants has four required elements:

  1. Abstract of proposed activities (typically 1-2 pages). The abstract should include detail on the specific deliverables associated with the project scope, the methods to be used in developing and validating project deliverables, and other goals for the scope of work to be funded. Each grant is intended to fund a single project with a clear indication of expenses for which the YSEA Grant funds will be used. The abstract should also provide an overview of project participants including students, advisors and any outside resources. The grant application must be the original work of the applicant or group (e.g. not taken from another individual or group’s prior grant application).
  2. Itemized budget. The budget contains an itemized bill of materials for required equipment, supplies and other expenses needed to complete the project or experiment prior to the start of the next academic year. Details on the source(s) of any additional funding needed to complete the project or experiment will allow the Grants Committee to confirm viability of project scope and deliverables. Note that YSEA grant funding is not provided for teaching, travel, living expenses or general purpose equipment like computers or software.
  3. Letter of support from a faculty advisor. The letter should demonstrate the commitment of the faculty advisor to support the student efforts as described in the abstract of proposed activities and to convey the faculty advisor’s confidence that the proposed activities are practical and achievable by the student(s).
  4. Contact information for the department administrator to whom grant funds are to be sent. To facilitate correct allocation of YSEA Undergraduate Grant funds, YSEA generally coordinates disbursement through the faculty advisor’s department administrator.

We accept grant applications on a rolling basis! This means we will consider all complete grant applications regardless of what date they are submitted. However, you are encouraged to submit applications based on the following guidance:

Project StartSuggested Date to Submit By
Fall SemesterSeptember 15
Spring SemesterJanuary 15
Summer BreakMay 15

Yes! To view a list of the individuals and student groups that have received our grants in the past and their projects, click here.

You can also view select abstracts and budgets from past grant applicants here.

  • Applicants must be a current undergraduate at Yale.
  • Budget expenses cannot be used for teaching, travel, living expenses or general-purpose equipment like computers or software.
  • The work must be performed under the supervision of a Yale faculty member.

Not to worry! We have other available sources of funding for projects that may be applicable to your specific project. Contact us at with your name, affiliation to Yale, project description, and itemized budget, and we can see if we can work out the details of whether we can fund your project.

After receiving a grant application, we typically contact the applicant(s) within a week. How long it takes for us to process the grant may take up to a month. In some cases, the approval time may take longer depending on the complexity and nature of the project, as well as on available funding within the YSEA grants budget.

Note that if your grant application is not initially accepted, we will work with you to help bring the application up to our standards!

Some Words from Our Past Grantees

“YSEA is a great community to have behind you.” – Keshav Raghavan

“YSEA is unique in that it is one of the only organizations that funds projects.” – Emily Xu

“With alumni, if an applicant is excited about their project, that’s more important than why a very expensive piece is fundamental to the project.” – Ian Denzer

“Always always don’t be afraid to ask questions.” – Cage Cochran

“My advice for prospective applicants is to be sure to work with the mentor of your project… This can be extremely helpful, both in terms of learning the basics of grant writing, but in securing the YSEA grant.” – Justin Nguyen


Have a purposeful itemized budget, keep on fighting, and have the attitude of pushing through the occasional failure. Talk to people from YSEA. – Keshav Raghavan

Don’t get too caught up in technical details. Make sure to include a lot of background information. Justify expenses on the budget. – Ian Denzer

Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Get feedback from your supervisor and formulate your own ideas about the project instead of just regurgitating information. – Cage Cochran

If you have any questions, reach out to us at!