FLAGS Awards

Deadlines to apply Friday, October 21, Monday, October 24, 2016 for fall and Friday, February 3, 2017 for spring.

Faculty may apply for course development grants at any time. 

FLAGS (Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies) awards are available to Yale faculty, graduate students, and professional school students. Grants are made in support of research, publication, and course development. Funding may support such items as travel to archives; transcription of interviews; acquisition of inaccessible books, microfilms, or other materials (with the understanding that such materials will ultimately be offered to Sterling or another library within the university); assistance in research and manuscript preparation; publication subvention; and approved experiments in basic science, medicine, nursing, psychology, and public health. FLAGS does not fund conference participation or presentation.

Individual awards range from $500 to $5,000. Original receipts are necessary for reimbursement; no meals are covered. FLAGS funds cannot provide reimbursement for expenses already incurred. Award monies are available for one year after the grant has been awarded. After one year, a request for an extension for the grant must be filed. Applicants who seek additional funding for a previously supported project must state how the money already received has been used in order to justify the continuation of support. Applicants are responsible for knowing all University policies and procedures related to the conduct of research as they apply to their proposed project.

To apply, please complete the online FLAGS Application.

The following will be required:

  1. A description of the work for which funding is needed (at least one, but not more than four double-spaced pages). This description should be sure to offer a specific explanation of the overall project to which the research will contribute and a sense of the scholarly works on which you rely and to which you are primarily responding. Successful proposals usually include a clear section structure that demarcate an introduction to the subject you are researching; a description of the relevant historiography; a sense of the argument you hope to make; and a specific explanation of the relationship between the support you are requesting and your ability to make this argument.
  2. An itemized budget and description of the need for support (including the description of any other financial support solicited for this project); estimated airfare should be included as a PDF (scan of a printout is acceptable) from travel-related service like Egencia, Orbitz, Travelocity, etc.; estimated hotel costs should be included as a PDF (scan of a printout is acceptable) from a hotel or hotel discounter website. The FLAGS committee will comment on this budget, often recommending cheaper options if they know ones are available. Try to be sensible and cost-effective in your decisions.
  3. The name of one person (normally a Yale faculty member) who will write a letter of recommendation. Reference writers should send their letters directly to Linda Hase and should comment on the applicant’s project and ability to carry it out successfully.
    Applications from current Yale faculty members do not require a letter of recommendation.
  4. A home address, e-mail address, and phone number

Any questions? Email Linda Hase. Announcement of the awards will be made three to four weeks after the application deadline.