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Application for Funding from the Prindle Institute for Support of an Ethics-Related Event

How to Apply:

Apply using our online funding request form below. We look forward to receiving your proposals.

Guidelines and Deadlines:

DePauw faculty and staff may apply to receive funding for ethics-related projects from The Prindle Institute. Proposals are reviewed and final decisions are made by our Advisory Committee. The kinds of projects that we fund are widely varied. Funding could be used to:

  • bring a speaker to campus

  • host a meal and discussion

  • Host a dialogue group that meets several times throughout the semester or year

  • Develop an ethics related course

  • Fund faculty-student collaborative research

We offer funds on a cycle model so that all proposals come in and are reviewed at the same time. We hope this will ensure fair and equitable access to funding opportunities, rather than favoring proposals that simply come in first.

We’ll consider funding requests three times each year. Projects should require funds no earlier than four weeks after the application deadline. Here are the cycles.

Fall Cycle (typically for projects in late Fall or early Spring)
Deadline: September 27
Decision: October 7

Winter Cycle (typically for projects in early Spring or Summer)
Deadline: January 15
Decision: February 7

Spring Cycle (typically for projects in the summer or early Fall)
Deadline: April 15
Decision: May 7

Funding a Speaker:

Because there are so many visiting speakers through the academic year, the advisory committee will be more cautious in funding speaking events. We ask that that some reflection go into how a speaking event might be made more meaningful and impactful before submitting it to the advisory committee.

Here are some specific things to keep in mind when drafting proposals to fund bringing speakers to campus.

To receive funding, a speaking event must be planned in consultation with the public occasions committee. This will help minimize conflicts with other campus events, identify potential partner groups that would increase campus impact, and ensure that the event isn’t too similar to an event that has already been planned for later that semester.

Speaking events that bring in more campus partners (e.g. bringing in the other academic centers, honors and fellows programs, or student groups) have a higher likelihood of receiving funding.

Speaking events that integrate the speaker's work into the curriculum in someway are encouraged. For example, if (a professor or several professors) were going to incorporate the speaker’s work into their course, that proposal would have a higher likelihood of being funded.

Course/Research Funding

In an effort to ensure that curricular and research funding aligns with broader guidelines for curricular development and research, the advisory committee will review these proposals but also forward them to Academic Affairs for review.

Other Ethics-Related Projects

Proposals that enrich academic life on campus with an ethics-related component that are outside the kinds of events that Prindle normally funds (e.g. inviting speakers to campus) are especially encouraged. We ask you to be creative and don’t limit yourself to the ideas outlined in the bulleted list above.

How to Apply

Apply using our online funding request form below. We look forward to receiving your proposals.

Note: It is not sufficient for Prindle funding that visitors (a) do ethically important work or (b) will present content that is ethically important. Almost all literature, poetry, art, and history, for instance, satisfy those criteria, but Prindle funding aims to support something more -- the richly integrated critical discussion of the ethical content/important work. As part of your proposal, please articulate how you see your event developing, as a (if not the) core focus, a rich, critical discussion of ethical themes.

We may share your request with other departments/programs to ask if they would require attendance or make it a punch card event.

Indicate whether sponsors are being considered, have been contacted, or have committed already (in which case, list the dollar amount committed). Support from multiple sources demonstrates that there are more campus constituencies that have a stake in the event. Because of this, we have a preference for proposals that solicit support from other campus organizations.