Academic Events Fund

Proposals are not currently being accepted for the Academic Events Fund.

What the Fund Supports

The Academic Events Fund supports faculty who are organizing or hosting academic conferences, workshops, symposia, and seminars at The New School. Grants are awarded on the basis of available funds each year. Selections are made at the recommendation of a faculty committee representing a range of fields and areas of expertise. 

Highest consideration is given to

  • Events that are collaboratively planned by at least two faculty members based in different fields, schools, or programs or that are designed to appeal to faculty and students across the university
  • Events for which the Academic Events Fund awards would constitute supplemental or partial funding

For a list of previous grant recipients, click here.

Award Amounts

Award amounts are determined on the basis of the project budget, taking into consideration the number of awards being made and the availability of funds. The maximum possible award in 2012–2013 is $5,000.


The funding program is open to members of the full-time faculty (tenured, tenure track, extended employment track, and renewable term) as well as part-time faculty members with postprobationary, annual, multi-year, or grandparented status, as defined by the ACT-UAW contract. Visiting faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and university administrators are not eligible to apply for funding.    

What kinds of expenses are eligible?

Eligible expenses include travel, accommodations, and meals for non–New School participants. They may also include modest honoraria for non-New School participants who will play a significant role in the event. In addition, support for refreshments and/or a modest reception is allowed.

What kinds of projects are ineligible?

The Academic Events Fund does not support course development or faculty research projects. (Course development may be supported through the Innovations in Education Fund. Research may be supported through the Faculty Research Fund.)

Can a faculty member submit more than one application?

A faculty member can be listed on only one application during each Academic Events Fund competition cycle. 

Application Process

Download the application form.

Proposals should include a one- to two-page description of the event, including a description of the topic and goals and contribution to the broader academic life of the university. Appended to the description should be a list of prospective speakers and presenters, the expected date(s) of the event, and a budget.

The budget should include an estimate of the overall cost of the event and specify how much of the cost is being requested from the Academic Events Fund (keep in mind that the maximum award is $5,000). The budget must include an overall plan for funding the event, including funding sources other than the Academic Events Fund and commitments received to date. 

Please submit application materials by email to the Academic Events Fund. Use the following naming format for your file: LastName_AEFApplication 2012-13.doc.

Application Deadline

  • June 29, 2012, for all events taking place in academic year 2012-2013

Announcement of Awards

  • Mid-August 2012

Previously Funded AEF Events


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