Gifts to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are used to ease the financial expenses students incur in pursuit of an advanced degree as well as providing support that allows Dean Wendy Cadge to respond to urgent priorities, ignite creativity, and leverage opportunities for innovation.

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Graduate Student Professional Development Fund 

The GSAS Professional Development Fund assists PhD and MA students in all departments and in all stages of career exploration across the private sector, academia, non-profits, and government. These funds provide critical resources that enable Master’s students and PhDs the opportunity to pursue paid summer internships and applied research experiences, and supports various career shadowing, mentoring and immersion programs within a diverse range of academic and non-academic settings.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Scholarship Fund (DEIS Scholars Program)

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Scholarship Fund (DEIS Scholars Program) offers Master’s students from historically underrepresented backgrounds—including first generation college graduates—the opportunity to pursue a world-class Brandeis education in Creative Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Biotechnology.  Meet the current DEIS Scholars.

Dean's Discretionary & Innovation Fund

The Dean’s Discretionary & Innovation Fund allows the dean to innovate as well as prioritize and fund the most pressing needs of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, supporting its pioneering investigation, advancement of knowledge, and student-centered commitment to academic excellence, reverence for learning, and inclusivity. 

Graduate Student Experience Fund

Brandeis is committed to attracting the most promising students to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The Graduate Student Experience Fund supports three key items which are crucial to this goal: financial aid for Master's students, and travel and research grants. Defined by these priorities, this fund directly impacts the graduate experience at Brandeis. With sufficient support, our students serve critical roles in our labs, classrooms, and studios, enabling Brandeis to remain a leading center for research, investigation and knowledge creation.

Endowed Fellowships, Faculty Research and Program Funds

Graduate Fellowships

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is committed to raising funds for named fellowship awards for incoming and current students. These opportunities are made possible by close friends and alumni who are inspired to give our most promising scholars the opportunity to make their graduate education a reality. 

One hundred percent of our PhD students receive financial support for their education through fellowships, which is a significant commitment of university resources. Donors who dedicate generous philanthropic support to graduate fellowships create a long-term legacy for future generations of scholars and strengthen the academic standing and reputation of Brandeis University.

Faculty Research and Program Funds

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is the embodiment of a world-class research university that balances the rigor of scientific discovery and intellectual inquiry with the intimacy and personal attention of a liberal arts college–distinguishing Brandeis among its peers. Donors who partner with the academy through philanthropic sponsorship of faculty research and academic departments become engaged stakeholders in the life of the institution and enrich the learning experience for our students. Learn about our academic departments and graduate programs and meet our renowned faculty.

For more information about establishing an endowed fellowship, faculty research fund or academic program fund, please contact Susan Wulf, Senior Director of Leadership Annual Giving. Email: swulf@brandeis.edu Phone: 781-736-4045

Planned Gifts

Some of the most popular planned giving options include bequests and charitable gift annuities. These options have several advantages. They provide an opportunity to leave a personal legacy to the school, and to make a more substantial contribution to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences than annual discretionary funds allow. Planned gifts may result in favorable tax consequences or even a new source of income for you and/or your spouse or partner.

Brandeis University advisors are available to assist you in achieving your tax, estate planning, and charitable giving objectives. For further information, please contact David Chused, Assistant Vice President and Senior Philanthropic Advisor. Email: dchused@brandeis.edu  Phone: 781-736-4060.

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