The Commonplace Society

Berkeley College Senior Mellon Forum

Mellon Forum Undergraduate Research Grants

Mellon Forum Research Grants are available for a maximum of $500 funding toward your research project.  The application form can be accessed through the Yale Student Grants and Fellowships Database under ‘Berkeley College Mellon Senior Research Grant’. Please carefully review the requirements below before applying.


Funds are to be used toward travel, room and board while traveling, and non-durable goods (single-use items).  Any durable good purchased by the student must be given to the college, or academic department, upon completion of the project.  (For example, if a student’s research project demands some form of electronic equipment, the equipment must be left to Yale once the student is done using it.)


1. Registration, a scheduled presentation and regular attendance at Commonplace Society meetings are required in order to qualify for Mellon Forum Research Grant funds. Please confirm that you will be able to attend all scheduled meetings before applying for funds—excused absences will be approved with advance notice and approval from Commonplace Coordinator Andrew Dowe.

2. A one-page description of your planned study of research and a line-item budget must accompany each application. You will need to provide the name of the faculty advisor who will supervise your project on the application form.

3. In addition to being active members in good standing and presenting the results of the supported research/project to Commonplace Society, recipients of Mellon Forum Undergraduate Research Grants, must keep all receipts and then submit a written report of their research along with an accounting of their expenditures to the Berkeley College Office no later than April 15th. 


Please direct any questions about the application process to the Commonplace Coordinator Andrew Dowe.

Application Form

Applications for Mellon Forum Research Grants must be submitted via the Yale Student Grants Database. Search for ‘Berkeley College Mellon Senior Research Grant’.