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 $1,000 per year.

Deadline for Fall 2020 applications to be announced soonClick here to submit an application.

Application Details

Eligibility: All PSD constituents

Application Period: Fall quarter (October 1st 2019 to November 15th, 2019)

Duration: 1 year

Grant amount awarded: Up to $1000 with the goal of funding 15 projects per year (3 to 4 per quarter)

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
  • Costs 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