The Law, Ethics & Animals Program (LEAP) Student Grant Program seeks to support Yale University student-led research and creative projects during the academic year and 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 projects: applications for the next round of funding will open in mid-January, 2022, with select projects eligible for fall-semester approval (see "How to Apply" for details). You can read more about the current cohort of grantees here.
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] yale.edu) with questions.
How to Apply
Applications for the next round of funding will be available in mid-January, 2022, although we will consider time-sensitive or exceptional applications on a case-by-case basis in the fall semester. Please check this webpage and sign up for the LEAP newsletter for updates. If you have any questions about applying or submitting a fall-semester application, please contact Noah Macey at noah.macey [at] yale.edu.
LEAP Student Grant recipients will be required to submit a summary of their projects (approximately 1000 words) by December 1 in the year of their award. (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.) Students will also be asked to present their project at a LEAP event during the following 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 the December following the award, 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.
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.
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.