The Dean of Arts Development Fund

Classroom experience is a crucial part of an undergraduate degree, but increasingly practical learning is vital to ensuring our graduates get a head start.

Supporting their ability to gain hands-on knowledge can make all the difference in their university careers as internship and research experiences are needed in our current job market. Through the Dean of Arts Development Fund (DADF) we help to create these opportunities. The DADF is the backbone of student programming and provides innovative pathways for students to gain experience before graduation.

The DADF provides essential funding for programs, such as internship awards, research internships, student advising, as well as numerous events, research projects, and publications proposed by students and faculty members.

By supporting the DADF, you provide opportunities to transform the university experience by taking learning beyond the lecture hall. 

To see a list of the 2014-2015 DADF Projects, please click here.

How to Apply for a DADF Award

Application Guidelines for Students:

  • Must be a full-time student in the Faculty of Arts
  • The Dean of Arts Development Fund does not fund individual student activities
  • Only University recognized groups are eligible 
  • Priority will be given to projects taking place in the Faculty of Arts
  • Any project that involves another McGill Faculty must show evidence that support is being received from that Faculty (this information must be included in the budget section of the application)
  • Awards range from $100-$2,000

Click here for the student application form

Application Guidelines for Faculty Members:

  • Must be a full-time faculty member in the Faculty of Arts
  • The Dean of Arts Development Fund does not fund individual faculty member activities
  • Applications are only accepted for academic conferences, workshops, and visiting speakers
  • Only University recognized groups are eligible 
  • Priority will be given to events being held at McGill
  • Funding is to be confirmed from other sources (as applications without matching funding from other sources may be unsuccessful)
  • Awards range from $100-$2,000

Click here for the faculty member application form

Deadlines: 

Applications are reviewed 4 times annually and must be received by 5pm on the date due.

  • September 2017 Meeting: Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 5, 2017
  • December 2017: Meeting: Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, November 28, 2017
  • March 2018: Meeting: Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Thursday, February 22, 2018
  • May 2018: Meeting: Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 24, 2018

Awards are made possible through the generous support of our Alumni and friends of the Faculty of Arts.

Competition Results:

A DADF administrator will inform the applicant of any decision and release the funds where applicable. Successful applicants are required to advertise the support of the Dean of Arts Development Fund. This includes the printing the DADF logo on posters and other promotional material. Recipients of funding are also required to provide a final report on the outcome of their projects/events to the Faculty of Arts Development Office within 30 days of the project's completion. Applicants who do not submit a final report may be ineligible for future funding.

How to Support the Program

Guaranteering funding for DADF each year is often challenging, thus the support of our friends and alumni is critical. If you would like to support the hands-on learning opportunities offered by the DADF, please consider doing so in any of the following ways:

Cheques can be addressed to the Faculty of Arts, McGill University, Peterson Hall, Room 218, 3460 McTavish Street. Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0E6

By telephone, please contact Joanna Gottlieb at 514-398-7204

Online, please follow this link or select our Give Now tab at the top of the page.

Please indicate your intention to support the DADF by selecting it from the drop-down menu or using the code 02102 on your cheque.