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.
Applications must include the following:
Terms of the grant
- Name of speaker(s), lecture title(s), and date of lecture(s); and
- A short (500 word) biographical description of the proposed speaker, including their work, accomplishments, and status or profile in the field; and
- An outline of the intended activities, e.g. single lecture, seminar presentation(s), roundtable, conference keynote, etc.; and
- Expected audience (size, composition); and
- An account of how the proposed event will contribute to either the humanities, social sciences, and/or inter-disciplinary knowledge and research that benefits Taft faculty and/or students; and
- An itemized budget including honorarium, travel costs, and lodging costs. In the case of honoraria funding, explain the amount requested based on such variables as disciplinary norms, the speaker's level of experience or other factors. Honoraria in excess of $1,000 requires significant justification and generally are not funded. Requests for hosting costs should explicitly address the need for anything beyond standard support.
- Applications must justify why their current Taft Departmental Lecture balance is or is not being used for the proposed event. A department which has not yet otherwise committed its Taft Departmental Lecture funds is expected to commit at least $1,500 towards the speaker. Requests for strong interdisciplinary events do not require departmental commitment, though an account of the interdisciplinary speaker and cross-department collaboration must be provided.
- Competitive lecture grants may be combined with Taft Departmental Lectures and Taft Conference monies. Applications must include an account of such combined uses and the status of departmental lecture monies.
- For each award, up to $180 will be made available to the organizing faculty member to support hosting the visiting speaker.
- Competitive lectures that are not part of a conference program typically should be held in the Taft Center. Receiving an award does not automatically reserve lecture space; grantees must contact Taft to reserve the space.
- Grantee is responsible for working with departmental administrators and understanding the visa status for foreign or non-U.S. citizen speaker, and how this impacts payment, the rules and regulations regarding speaker travel, payments, and events cost reimbursement.
- Taft offers advertising support, provided the timely distribution of needed materials. Departments should publicize lectures in classes, and to faculty, alumni, and the general public.
- All grant funds must be expended exclusively in furtherance of the grant and all expenditures of grant funds must comply with university policies relating to financial transactions, including the Code of Conduct and, as discussed in the Code of Conduct, the ethics laws of the state of Ohio which prohibit certain private financial interests in university matters. University Rule 3361:10-17-03 (D).
- Full disclosure of non-Taft funds received for the proposed project, both inside and outside the university, is required. A Taft grant may not duplicate other funds granted for the same purpose, except when a deficit in the project budget is anticipated even with such non-Taft funds.
- Where significant deviations from the approved application occur, the grantee must notify the Taft Faculty Chair in writing and receive written approval for the changes. Failure to comply with this rule will nullify the grant and require return of the award.
- Grantee should recognize support provided by the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center.
- Publications and creative works generated by faculty organizers, as a result of the funded event(s), should acknowledge the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center.