Support Yale Astronomy

The Yale Department of Astronomy pursues a wide array of activities, ranging from public outreach with the Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium to creating innovative instrumentation and obtaining observing nights with the world’s largest telescopes.  These represent an equally wide array of funding opportunities, and together with Yale’s Office of Development, we are committed to finding optimal matches between donors and initiatives.  These include naming opportunities for instruments, telescopes and programs.

To learn how you can support Yale Astronomy and its students, please contact the Chair of the Department of Astronomy, Priya Natarajan, at

The Robert F. Wing Fund for Undergraduate Research

The Robert F. Wing Fund is a current use fund to support the Department of Astronomy. It will enable undergraduate students to participate fully in the research activities of the Department. It will permit the Department’s students, including members of historically underrepresented groups, to experience the benefits of direct interaction with ground-based observational technology by supporting student travel to observatories and data-analysis skill building. The Fund will also support the cultivation of student outreach communication and presentation skills to all levels of audiences.

General Gift Giving

If you would like to give a miscellaneous gift to the Astronomy Department to use based on its needs and priorities, you can do so online through the Yale Office of Development For Humanity: The Yale Campaign and follow the steps below:

  • Select Strategic Initiatives
  • Scroll down to click on Other
  • Select Continue in the right side column
  • Type in “Miscellaneous Gifts – Astronomy” along with designation number 14358 when asked to specify area of support. 

Or, you can send a check payable to Yale University to the address below with Miscellaneous Gifts – Astronomy-14358 in the memo line.

Yale University Office of Development Contribution Processing 
P.O. Box 2038
New Haven, CT 06521-2038