Inclusive Climate Grants

The PSD Inclusive Climate Grants offer funding to support PSD constituents in the development of an effort that will advance diversity and/or positively impact the climate of the PSD. The project must support the PSD EDI mission and vision by enhancing inclusion in the PSD broadly or locally in specific units. We invite all PSD students, faculty and OAA’s, postdocs, and staff to develop proposals for up to a year’s worth of activities, with budgets up to $2,000 per year.

2021-2022 applications are open and the submission deadline is April 30, 2021Click here to submit an application.

Application Details

Eligibility: All PSD constituents

Application Period: February 15 to April 30, 2021, for programs beginning Fall Quarter 2021.

Duration: 1 academic year

Grant amount awarded: Up to $2000 with the goal of funding 10 projects per year 

Examples of allowable expenses:

  • Expenses supporting hosting a conference, workshop, seminar, or symposium
  • Speaker honoraria | Travel cost for speakers or inclusion based programs that are non-speaker centric

Examples of unallowable expenses:

  • Normal operating funds for units/RSOs
  • Dissertation research or personal travel costs

Proposal Criteria

Successful applicants will demonstrate how their projects will advance the EDI mission and vision of the Physical Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. This could include:

  • New programming to increase diversity and/or impact inclusion for PSD cohorts
  • Programming that addresses one of the key focus areas in the University’s initiative (Infrastructure – People – Community – Climate)
  • Projects that can be fully executed within 9 months of the award date
  • Projects that demonstrate additional funding efforts (i.e. the prior or current pursuit of additional funding)

Advertising Acknowledgement

We reserve the right to highlight programs or projects funded by this program on the PSD’s website and /or social media accounts. Any advertisement created for events funded by this initiative should include a statement disclosing the source of financial support (e.g. funding provided by the Physical Sciences Division Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.)

Project Completion

We will follow up with awardees 6-9 months after disbursement to review the outcome of the project. Awardees will submit a statement describing:

  • How they used the funds
  • Actual cost of their project
  • Number for attendees who attended events/programs
  • Whether the applicant (s) believe that the program succeeded. Why or why not?
  • How success was measured

Returning Unused Funds

Any unused project funds at the end of the project must be returned to the PSD

Sample of Past Funded Projects

  • Mathematics Department Lunchtime Ado with Female Speakers Series: This grant funded lunchtime talks with women guest speakers to the department, attended by women students, postdocs, and OAAs. Over lunch the experience of women in mathematics is discussed. 2-3 times a quarter.
  • Hands-on Electronics Workshop for Women and Non-binary Students: This grant funded a workshop intended to help women and non-binary students gain confidence and exposure to hardware and electronics, representative of subfields in Physics and Computer Science that are stereotyped as male. Participants used tools like microcontrollers and soldering to create a fully working wearable interactive device. This was offered during Ada Lovelace Week.
  • Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity in Astronomy (IDEA): This grant funds a group of graduate students and postdocs who meet bi-weekly to discuss ideas and host events related to EDI. Activities include a mentoring program, obtaining financial support for students, and supporting first-generation, low-income, and URM students in the classroom. Specifically, funds were used to supplement honoraria for presenters of workshops on inclusive mentoring and supporting women and gender minorities of color in the department.
  • ATLAS Hadronic Final State Forum: This grant funded ASL interpreters for a workshop style meeting to push the frontier of jets, substructure, and other physics potentials of ATLAS. Through collaboration, innovation, and the open sharing of ideas, this forum seeds projects that will contribute to the greater success of broader ATLAS. Four days in December.