Dean Witter Fund

The Dean Witter Fund promotes informal social faculty-student interaction and was established by a contribution from Dean Witter, founder of the San Francisco-based investment firm.

Application submissions are currently open and are reviewed for eligibility during fall, winter and spring academic terms only.

Contact Information


  • All applications are reviewed by the Council on Student Affairs and Fees (COSAF) for approval/denial.
  • An event outline and budget with projected itemized expenses will need to be submitted as part of your application.
  • Applications should be submitted at least one month prior to the event.
  • Funds are to be used for the social interaction of undergraduate students and faculty.
  • Please allow up to 3 weeks for a response to your application.
  • Student Affairs reserves the right to verify the event with the designated guests.
  • The applicant must be the person who pays for the expense and submits receipts for reimbursement.
  • All reimbursement documentation must be submitted within 5–7 business days of the event with proof of payment and itemized receipts.
  • Applicants will be reimbursed within the limits set by UCD PPM 330-80 and UC BUS-79 and a suggested tip rate of no more than 15-18% for catering/meal costs.
  • Failure to comply with the Dean Witter guidelines will result in forfeiture of funding even if request was originally approved and personal funds have been spent.
  • Failure to abide by these guidelines may jeopardize approval of future Dean Witter funding.


  • All events must include undergraduate students and at least one faculty member.
  • Eligible attendees include faculty, teaching assistants and undergraduate students.
  • Events must take place outside the regular classroom.

Ineligible Events and Expenses

Funding will not be awarded for the following:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Classroom functions (e.g., lectures, study sessions, labs, discussion sections, field trips, competitions)
  • Costs for non-UC participants
  • Departmental events
  • Events open to the public
  • Gift cards
  • Multiple applications for the same event
  • Recognition/award events
  • Recurring applications from the same class/group within the same quarter
  • Spouses, domestic partners and family members of attendees
  • Tickets for sports events or musical/theatrical performances

Submit an application