YoP Grants

The Year of Proof Grant submission process is now live.
The Provost’s theme year encourages individual students, faculty and staff as well as departments and centers to create programming that relates to the topic in many contexts: the sciences, the humanities, social culture and policy, the arts, etc.

To further this goal, the Provost’s office will sponsor a Year of Proof Grants Program that will offer opportunities to create, participate in, and learn about proof and related fields. Applications will be evaluated based on the quality and innovation of the project and its potential to engage and involve the Penn community. We encourage multi-disciplinary and/or collaborative projects between Penn organizations and schools. Project leaders are encouraged to reach out to other schools and departments, especially to share expertise, networking opportunities, and invitation lists.

The guidelines (below) are for proposals for grants of up to $750, for which Penn faculty, students and staff can apply, either individually or in groups. There will be some additional funding at a higher level available for special projects—generally, larger conferences, speakers or special symposia that are co-sponsored by several Penn Schools or Centers. Examples from previous years include a presentation by Will Shortz (NY Times Crossword Puzzle Editor) celebrating the Year of Games and a day-long conference at the Penn Museum on Water and Ancient Civilizations commemorating the Year of Water.

  • You must be a current University of Pennsylvania student, faculty, or staff member, or a group comprised of at least 80% current University of Pennsylvania students.
  • You may apply as an individual student OR as the representative of a student organization.
  • Faculty and staff projects must engage students as the primary participants.
  • For groups that are not formally registered with the Office of Student Affairs, a sponsoring Penn department or program is required.
  • Funding will be not given for proposals submitted after the activity has taken place.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.


  • Grants are in two cycles. In cycle 1 (for Fall and Spring events), submissions are accepted from February 1 to November 1. In cycle 2 (Spring events only), submissions are accepted from December 1 to March 1.
Cycle Semester of Event

Submission Process

Grant Review 
Process Begins


1 Fall 2012 & Spring 2013 February 1, 2012 April 1, 2012 November 1, 2012
2 Spring 2013 Events ONLY December 1, 2012 December 15, 2012 March 1, 2013
  • Grants are reviewed by the Year of Proof Steering Committee, the Office of New Student Orientation and Academic Initiatives, and the Provost's Office. Notification will normally be given within 14 days of submission.
  • Requests for grants must be received a minimum of 14 days before the event. There is no funding for events that have already taken place.
  • Please note that all events must take place during the Year of Proof (September 2012 through May 2013).
  • The review committees will give priority consideration to creative proposals that emphasize scholarly inquiry and academic engagement with the theme.
  • The final project must be accessible to the entire Penn community (anyone from Penn’s campus must be able to participate and/or attend).
  • Grants can be up to $750, and may be funded in full or in part.
  • Applicants may request funding for the following project expenses: Materials, transportation, equipment, publicity, facilities, fees, and payment to professional performers or technical assistants. Requests for travel or accommodation expenses for individual applicants are rarely funded, and applicants will be encouraged to rent or borrow equipment whenever possible. Additionally, peripheral costs -- including food and beverage, reception costs, etc. -- will be considered, but are rarely funded.
  • Applicants may not request funding for: Gift certificates, gift cards, stipends for their own time or work in creating the project, or annual funding.
  • Please submit a thorough and professional application, with all questions answered including logistics, resources needed, and any details that have already been confirmed.


Troy Majnerick
Associate Director
New Student Orientation and Academic Initiatives
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