Grants for Graduate Students' Dissertation Chapters

C.E.L.S.S. awards grants for graduate students who wish to lab or web experiments as part of their PhD Dissertation.


Applicants must be advanced doctoral students at Columbia.

Applicants must have previously obtained a graduate student seed grant from CELSS and can demonstrate that the project has high probability of becoming part of their dissertations. The proposal must have been presented at a workshop or colloquium with some faculty presence (for example, in the Economics department: a field colloquium, the Cognition and Decision Lab meeting, or the Experimental Lunch).

Applicants must show a good faith effort of obtaining funding from external sources.

Required documents

The application must include:

  1. A cover letter
  2. A paper summarizing results from the seed grant
  3. A proposed budget
  4. The applicant’s CV
  5. One faculty advisor’s endorsement, explicitly stating responsibility for mentoring the project.

The cover letter (maximum 2 pages) should outline briefly the basic rationale of the research, the question under study, and the experimental procedures and the name of the colloquium or workshop where the proposal has been presented. Please note that the length constraint will be enforced strictly.

The endorsement of the thesis adviser can be an email to the CELSS director ( The adviser needs to state explicitly that he/she (1) is familiar with the work done so far, (2) is confident that the project can produce a high-quality dissertation chapter; (3) will be responsible for following the progress of the project.


The applicant should save the required documents electronically in a single compressed folder, and send them to the lab manager at The title of the e-mail should be “Application for CELSS Funding; Dissertations” and the name of the compressed folder should be “LastnameFirstname_CelssFundingApp”.


Questions concerning this call for proposal and the use of the lab can be addressed to the lab manager at


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