In order to foster philosophical discussion and encourage fellowship in smaller departments and institutions, the Society of Christian Philosophers established a small grant program. The program provides up to $1500 for departments to host a well-known Christian philosopher for a lecture and discussion. (These funds can be supplemented or matched by the host institution.) Up to five such grants are available for the 2015/2016 academic year.
REQUIREMENTS AND CONDITIONS
- “Smaller” departments are defined as departments with 3 or fewer full-time philosophers on the faculty.
- Both the applicant (i.e., inviter) and lecturer (invitee) must be members of the Society of Christian Philosophers. For information on membership in SCP, visit here.
- The host department/institution is responsible for all logistics related to inviting and hosting the lecturer. Applicants are encouraged to query the potential lecturer before applying for the grant.
- Grant recipients need not provide receipts; grant funds will be disbursed upon approval of a proposed budget. The grant can be supplemented or leveraged with other institutional funds, but this is neither a requirement nor a factor in evaluating applications.
- After the event, grant recipients are required to submit a brief report (and photos, if possible) to the Executive Director of SCP in a format that can be shared with the membership in the SCP newsletter and via the SCP website.
- Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to re-apply.
HOW TO APPLY
- Applications to the lecture grant program must:
- briefly describe your department and confirm that it is a “small” department as defined above;
- identify the philosopher to be invited, with a brief description of the topic(s) to be addressed and when the event would be held (i.e., semester; specific date not required);
- indicate the format of the visit (e.g., lecture + lunch with undergraduate philosophy majors); and
- provide a proposed budget of expenses, indicating how the grant will be used (and, where applicable, how other institutional funds will be used to supplement the grant).
- The application should be submitted to Christina Van Dyke, Executive Director of the Society of Christian Philosophers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions should be directed to the same.
The application deadline for the 2016-2017 academic year is June 15, 2015. Grant announcements will be made on July 1, 2015.
Please feel free to forward this to colleagues who might benefit from this program. If they are not currently members of SCP, we hope this might encourage them to consider membership.