Taft supports public lectures on a competitive basis, in addition to the Taft Departmental Lectures, Conferences, and Commemorative event funds. The maximum award is $10,000. Applicants should coordinate with their department, taking account of planned events. Priority will be given to highly distinguished speakers who further interdisciplinary and/ or inter-departmental research productivity (e.g., publications and grant writing by faculty and students), and speakers that engage a broad community. Each grant automatically includes up to $180 in lecture support, for the purposes of a dinner or reception in honor of the guest.
Competitive lecture applications must be prospective, submitted at least ten weeks prior to the intended speaking date. Generally, the fall deadline should include applications for lectures occurring in the spring semester and the spring deadline should include applications for lectures occurring in the fall semester of the following year.
Each lecture application must be approved by the department, coordinated with other departmental events, and account for the balance and use of Taft Departmental Lectures funds.
Applicants seeking more than $2,000 must first discuss the application with the Taft Faculty Chair, for the purposes of arranging a TAFTtalk.
Conference grants provide up to $10,000, on a competitive basis, toward the cost of hosting an academic conference that is timely, interesting, and of scholarly importance to a discipline or a set of disciplines. Grants are not guaranteed for annual conferences.
The Charles Phelps Taft Research Center sponsors a program of public lectures each year. The intention is that Taft departments invite renowned speakers to give lectures that are not only of interest to specialists, but also are accessible to non-specialists. Each Taft department has a budget allocation of $3,000 for the purpose of inviting as many esteemed speakers as it desires.
For each speaker, there may be $180 available to help defray meals for the speaker, Taft faculty, and guests. The purchase of alcohol must be preauthorized by the appropriate authority (typically the Dean) and a copy of the signed preapproval form must accompany original receipts. Contact the Taft Financial Administrator concerning available funds.
Each department may allocate its funds at its own discretion. However, to ensure that lectures sponsored by the Taft Research Center reach the widest possible audience, the following policies should be observed: