Slifka Independent Projects (SIPs)

Slifka Independent Projects (SIPs) are an opportunity for Yale students, regardless of enrollment status, to receive support to pursue projects during the 2020-2021 academic year. SIPs can be research-based, community building initiatives, art projects or internships that benefit Yale’s Jewish community.

SIPs proposals should be around one page in length and should address as least the following: 1. describe the area of study and project you are proposing 2. describe the activities you plan to include over the course of the project 3. describe how your project will impact the Yale Jewish Community.

SIPs grant recipients will get access to full or partial funding for their proposals, as well as receive mentorship and cohort-based support for their projects.

Applicants are welcome to apply for a SIPs grant for any subject or topic, with preference given to the following:

  • Ecology + Environmentalism, 
  • Visual Arts
  • Media + Filmmaking
  • Substance Abuse Prevention + Education 
  • Holocaust Education 
  • Israel Politics 
  • Israel Culture
  • Yiddish Art + Culture
  • Medical Ethics
  • Sports + Athletics

 

To apply please click here. For more information, please check out this FAQ:

SIPs FAQ

 

What is this?

Slifka Independent Projects (SIPs) is an opportunity for Yale students to explore a topic that interests them that will have a direct, tangible impact on the Yale Jewish community by their completion. Successful applicant will pursue their projects independently but with sufficient support from Slifka Center Staff and/or outside mentors as appropriate.  Collaborative projects (those that include more than one Yale student) will also be considered.

 

What do I get out of this experience?

Successful applicants will gain full or partial funding for your project as well as cohort-based support and mentorship from Slifka Staff via online platforms.

If you are interested in specific mentorship in your subject matter, we will do what we can to facilitate this relationship with our many community partners. Please indicate if you are interested in this in your application.

 

Who is eligible to apply?

All current Yale undergraduate students are eligible to apply, regardless of enrollment status (Enrolled in Residence, Enrolled Remotely, On Leave).  We hope to be able to include Graduate and Professional students at a later date. Slifka Center does not discriminate on such basis as race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact Juli Goodman, juli.goodman@yale.edu

 

When is the deadline?

September 18, 2020 at 11:59 pm

 

What if I have a topic in mind, but it isn’t listed?

All submissions that demonstrate an impact on the Yale Jewish community will be considered. Preference will be given to topics such as: 

 

  • Ecology + Environmentalism, 
  • Visual Arts
  • Media + Film-Making
  • Substance Abuse Prevention + Education 
  • Holocaust Education 
  • Israel Politics 
  • Israel Culture
  • Yiddish Art + Culture
  • Medical Ethics
  • Sports + Athletics

 

What is required?

Attendance at monthly online cohort-based, virtual check-ins and completion of the project, including the impact on the Yale Jewish Community. Slifka Staff is also available for mentorship, brainstorming, and as a general resource. 

 

What does it mean that the project must “have an impact on the Yale Jewish Community?”

Examples of demonstrable impact include, but are not limited to, a virtual symposium, art exhibit that you curate, discussion panel, or event featuring a speaker connected to your project. We encourage you to be creative and demonstrate an innovative spirit in producing palpable impact.  Your project proposal should also be realistic, reasonable and attainable. The proposed impact must follow Yale’s safety and public health guidelines, including social distancing and mask wearing. Therefore, we suggest thinking of an impact that can happen in a virtual context. A percentage of your budget will be withheld, pending the completion of the project.

 

What is the approval process for participating?

You can submit an application here. Slifka Staff may reach out to follow up with any pertinent questions regarding your proposal.

 

Do you have a sample proposal so I can get a better idea of how to write mine?

SIPs Sample Proposal

SIPs Sample Proposal 2

How do I apply?

Link to application

 

Who can I talk to if I have more questions? 

You can reach out to Assistant Director for Programming, Juli Goodman; juli.goodman@yale.edu

 

 

 

Click here to apply