Call for Applications

The Law, Ethics & Animals Program (LEAP) at Yale is pleased to announce the 2020-21 Law, Ethics & Animals Program Student Grant Program. This program seeks to support Yale University student-led research and creative projects during the academic year and/or the summer, focused on advancing understanding of, drawing attention to, and/or developing strategies to address the urgent threats facing non-human animals. We invite all current Yale students to submit proposals for funding for projects.

Research and scholarly projects are encouraged, but so too are projects in other mediums (e.g., podcasts, exhibits, documentaries, building tools or platforms, etc.) that seek to advance a more humane and sustainable world in new ways.  Proposals for project funding can range from $250 to $2500. Please contact Noah Macey (noah.macey [at] with questions. 

How to Apply

The deadline for submitting a proposal is March 31, 2021. To apply, please search "LEAP" in the Yale Center for International and Professional Experience Student Grants Database. If you have any questions about applying, please write to Decisions will be made by mid-April, 2021.



Recipients of the 2020-21 LEAP Student Grant Program will be required to submit a summary of approximately 1000 words of their projects by December 1, 2021. (Please know that we’re happy to be flexible on the length of this summary and the due date for projects that require more time or space.) Students will also be asked to present their project at a LEAP event during the 2021-22 academic year, and the project summaries and/or interviews with grant recipients will be featured on the LEAP website. Depending on the format and availability of the final project work product, we may ask permission from grant recipients to also post or link to the full project itself.

Projects should be completed by December 1, 2021, though we’re happy to make exceptions and extend this completion deadline for projects that require a longer time period to complete.



Current Yale students at any level (professional, doctoral, master’s degree, undergraduate) are invited to apply. Applicants may work individually or in teams. Projects may have a faculty advisor or collaborator, but are not required to.

The funding is intended to pay for expenses needed to advance the project, such as costs associated with conducting interviews or research, purchasing access to datasets, paying for web hosting or materials, etc. Funding is not available to pay salaries for applicants. We encourage applicants working on larger projects to seek additional sources of funding.

All funding used for travel must comply with Yale University’s travel policy and guidelines. Due to the University’s COVID-19 travel restrictions and uncertainty about when the restrictions will be lifted, we cannot currently award funding for travel.


Selection Process

Proposals will be evaluated by a committee of LEAP faculty and staff. Projects will be evaluated based on the thoughtfulness, creativity, and originality of the proposed project; the clarity and quality of the application; the potential of the project to have a meaningful impact; the potential of the project to advance the applicant’s personal and professional development; and the feasibility of the project’s timeline, goals, and budget.


Payment Information

Payments will be made in advance, based on the budget submitted with the application. Please note: The University will not withhold federal or state income tax, but the grant payment is tax reportable. For grant amounts over $600 the University will issue a 1099-MISC form for the amount of your grant. Since the Law School is not and cannot be a tax adviser, it is solely recipients' responsibility to check applicable state and local tax regulations, or to consult a tax adviser to ensure compliance with such requirements.