The Graduate Council Fund provides financial support for academic, professional, and social events created by and intended for UChicago graduate students. The fund supports events that foster intellectual, professional, and social engagement across the graduate student community, targeted to both niche and broad audiences.

Funding is not guaranteed. Registered Student Organizations (RSO’s) and other organizations can only receive funding for one initiative per academic year. Applicants are encouraged to apply for funding in advance. Applications will be reviewed quarterly as long as funding remains. The Graduate Council Fund will open for applications Thursday, September 5, 2024.


  • Must be a currently enrolled, full-time graduate student from any academic division or professional school.
  • Must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
  • Must open event to all graduate students across academic units.
  • Encouraged to apply in groups, but may apply individually or as a representative for an RSO (Registered Student Organization) or other organization.
  • Must submit complete application by deadline.

Funding is INELIGIBLE for:

  • Individuals
  • Initiatives exclusive to members within a particular course, organization, group, or unit.
  • Initiatives affiliated with organizations outside of the university.
  • Initiatives that are not led by and targeted to UChicago graduate students.
  • Reimbursements for purchases associated with past events.


The Grad Council fund announces the following application deadlines and decision expectations for AY 2024–25:

  • Friday, October 4, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. [Decisions sent Monday, October 14]
  • Friday, November 1, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. [Decisions sent Monday, November 11]
  • Friday, January 10, 2025 at 5:00 p.m. [Decisions sent Monday, January 20]
  • Friday, March 28, 2025 at 5:00 p.m. [Decisions sent Monday, April 7]


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