Request for Proposals: Provost's Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund

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

The original and 10 copies of the completed application should be at the office of the Vice Provost for Research, 212 College Hall/6381, by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, 1999. A committee will review the applications and funded proposals will be announced in mid-May.

--Ralph D. Amado, Vice Provost for Research


Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 23, March 2, 1999

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