For the Pratt Institute Graduate Student Engagement Fund (GSEF), the spring deadline will be extended and the parameters guiding the uses of funds expanded.

The deadline for the spring round of grants will be extended and accepting proposals on a rolling basis through May 1st. All applications, regardless of time of receipt, will be reviewed in an expedited manner. We make this change in recognition of the fact that all of our lives have been incredibly disrupted as we are called to creatively adapt to this radically new situation.

Possible uses of GSEF funds will expand in ways that continue to address the original purposes of this support. GSEF encourages and supports the professional development and advancement of graduate students through their work on original and creative projects. The GSEF honors and focuses Pratt’s commitment to use those funds for the development of social, cultural, educational opportunities for all students.

In light of the continuing COVID-19 challenges facing New York City and the world, honoring that commitment demands new ways of thinking about the work that we do. New teaching, learning and research formats are emerging to support student success while protecting our community. Similarly, your own previous professional commitments and plans may have changed. If you were planning on submitting a proposal for a conference presentation or participation in a summer residency or internship, it is likely those occurrences will be cancelled and/or rescheduled.

We suggest that you take that energy and creativity and propose another way of accomplishing the goals you had set for yourself, whether virtually or through another mode.

For example:

  • What needs are emerging in your virtual professional world? Are priorities shifting and can you help advance them?

  • How can you use technology imaginatively, to create or participate in virtual experiences? Can you explore the use of 'materials' in new and/or virtual ways?

  • How will you use new tools and innovative processes to access and address the needs of the Pratt community?

As members of the Pratt community, we are confident you will continue to astound us with your experimentation, artistic practices, and scholarship. Our goal as the Graduate Student Engagement Fund Committee is to offer you support as we all adjust to these challenging times. Please direct inquiries to gsef@pratt.edu.

We look forward to reviewing your proposals!

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