Purpose: The Dean’s Fund was created to provide opportunities for travel and professionalization for students, especially in departments that have been historically underfunded in these areas.
Eligibility: All current PhD students in the School of Humanities who are in good standing and making good progress toward degree completion. The support of PhD students in their research and professionalization endeavors is priority. While it is unlikely that comparable support will be offered to MA students, MA students may submit funding requests which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Approved Use: Funds may be used for conference, research, and professional advancement for PhD students. Preference will be given to requests for conference presentation travel, research travel, and travel to job interviews taking place at a conference. Additionally, professional development opportunities such as workshops, etc., will be considered.
Deadline: Completed applications must be submitted in advance and no later than the day before travel commences. NO exceptions. Early applications are strongly encouraged, as funding awards are not guaranteed until after review and approval. Incomplete applications will not be considered under any circumstances. Ensure your application is COMPLETE (see Application Requirements below) before submission.
NOTE: Students awaiting a conference acceptance may still apply early. The anticipated conference acceptance date must be included in the proposal.
Review and Approval Process: Applications are reviewed beginning the second day of each month. Submitted applications will be reviewed by the Office of the Dean, and final decisions will be made by the Dean and/or Associate Dean. Decision letters will be sent to each applicant no later than the 10th of each month.
Funding Amount: Students are eligible for up to $1,500 per fiscal year (July 1-June 30) once any available department funding has been awarded. Students in departments where funding for conferences and research is available, must first apply through their respective department, in accordance with its policies and timelines. We will be doing our best to meet demand, but please be aware that these funds are subject to availability.
Student budgets must be as detailed as possible and can include the following: conference registration/membership, airfare (including baggage) and/or ground transportation, lodging, and $30 per diem for meals. Budgets should not include the following: travel insurance, airline upgrades, data plans, and other incidentals.
Award Disbursement: Students awarded funding will receive their award via Check Request/Student Award1. Awards above $600 in a calendar year are considered taxable income. For domestic students, taxes are not deducted at the time of disbursement and a 1099 will be issued at the end of the calendar year. For international students, the check request is run through payroll and taxes are deducted based on the student’s country of citizenship.
Students will not be required to submit Concur reports post-travel, and do not need to provide receipts after the trip.
Summary Report: Within 30 days of return, students who have received funding must submit 1-2 paragraphs summarizing the impact of the award on their research or professional development. Students will upload their reports to the 2019-20 Summary Reports folder in Box: https://rice.app.box.com/folder/82059129866.
Reports must be titled in the following format:
LAST NAME (caps), Destination (or Conf Name), Month, Year. For example: WESTBROOK, Asian Cultures Conf, Singapore, Aug 2019.
Failure to submit this report on time will render the student ineligible for subsequent funding. See your Graduate Administrator if you have trouble uploading to Box.
Application Requirements: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY and FOLLOW THE STEPS BELOW:
1) Complete a Dean's Fund Proposal Form AY-19-20.
2) For conference presentations, combine the conference acceptance with the Proposal Form. If acceptance is pending, note the anticipated acceptance date in the Proposal Form.
3) Obtain Advisor approval via signature on Proposal Form or via email*
4) Obtain the department's Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) approval via signature on Proposal Form or via email*
5) COMBINE the completed Proposal Form WITH the Conference Acceptance AND Approvals into ONE PDF.
6) Upload ONE PDF to the Dean's Fund Online Application.
*If approvals are made via email instead of signatures, the student secures first the email approval of their Advisor and then sends the Dean's Fund Proposal Form PDF (complete with conference acceptance as appropriate) to their DGS. ALL approval emails are combined with the Dean's Fund Proposal Form (along with the conference acceptance as appropriate) into ONE PDF and then uploaded online.
Approval emails sent or forwarded to Graduate Program Administrators will NOT be accepted. The student is responsible for securing approval emails (if signatories are not available) and including them in the PDF upload.
1 In order to receive the award via direct deposit, students need to make sure, in ESTHER, that their Payroll Allocation account is also selected as their Accounts Payable Deposit account. See instructions here