Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund
Provost announces the FY 2004 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 and is designed to support initiation
of new seminar series that emphasize interdisciplinary
research and scholarship. 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 approximately $10,000 (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.
to the Provost's Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund should
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.
names and affiliations of the principal faculty (no
more than 4) proposing the seminar with a two page
CV on each.
names and affiliations of others who will be major
participants in the seminar.
suggested set of criteria or goals by which success
of the seminar program can be evaluated.
detailed proposed budget for the first year of the
seminar. The budget may be dedicated to honoraria,
travel, and other directly associated expenses, but
entertainment should be kept to a minimum. Also, co-funding
from Departments, Schools, or other sources should
be documented and will increase the credibility of
application should be sent electronically as one MS
Word document without images to firstname.lastname@example.org,
by Friday, April 25, 2003. A committee will
review the applications and funded proposals will
be announced in May.
--Neal Nathanson, Vice
Provost for Research
Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 25, March 18, 2003