Funds for Interdisciplinary Seminar Design: March 21

The Provost announces a seminar fund to stimulate the creation of interdisciplinary discussions and connections that could grow into lasting cooperative intellectual efforts and perhaps programs.

This fund will provide financial support for up to three years for seminars based on new intellectual groupings. To be eligible for funding, seminars must draw on faculty scholars from at least two schools. Seminars that include Penn graduate or undergraduate students will be particularly welcome as will seminars with participation from the non-academic community outside the University.

The fund will provide each seminar with a grant of $10,000 to $25,000 (depending on documented need) a year for up to three years. Funding in the second and third years is subject to success in the previous years. Success is defined as growing attendance, publications, general visibility and other evidence of intellectual progress. Each proposal must contain criteria by which its success can be judged.

Applications to the Provost's Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund should contain

  1. the seminar title;
  2. a brief description (no more than five pages) of the intellectual area of the seminar and of how the suggested new connections will advance the subject
  3. names and affiliations of the principal faculty (no more than four) proposing the seminar, with a two-page c. v. on each;
  4. names and affiliations of others who will be major participants;
  5. a suggested set of criteria or goals by which progress of the seminar can be established; and
  6. the proposed budget for the first year of the seminar.

The original and 10 copies of the completed application should be in at the office of the Vice Provost for Research, 212 College Hall/6381, by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 21, 1997. A committee will review the applications and funded proposals will be announced by mid May.

-- Ralph D. Amado, Vice Provost for Research

Humanities Proposals: May 5

Each year the Humanities Coordinating Committee of the School of Arts and Sciences dispenses funds to make possible Faculty Seminars in the Humanities. Funding requests for 1997-98 are now invited. Preference will be given to University of Pennsylvania-based faculty seminars and groups that do not have access to other sources of funding. These funds are not meant to replace or supplement normal budgets for departmental colloquia.

To qualify, each application should include

  1. a description of the seminar's purpose and how it is both interdisciplinary and humanistic;
  2. a list of faculty participants;
  3. an outline of the proposed program for 1997-98;
  4. a statement on any other funding sources (and amounts) available to the seminar;
  5. a detailed outline of the seminar budget (required).

The available funds will be divided evenly among those seminars that are approved. Judging from past years, allocations are anticipated to fall in the range of $800 to $900 per seminar. Funds are normally for payment of honoraria and travel expenses for outside speakers, refreshments following lectures, and related publicity costs.

Proposals should be received in 16 College Hall/6378 (Graduate Division of Arts and Sciences) by Monday, May 5, 1997. For more information call: Tracey Turner, 898-8101.

-- Lance Donaldson-Evans, Chair, Humanities Coordinating Committee


Volume 43 Number 22
February 18, 1997

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