Research Workshop Structure & Application
New funding award packages for Kaplan Research Workshops
$6,000 annual funding for two- or three-year, non-renewable term
Application deadline: June 7, 2021
Kaplan Research Workshops are interdisciplinary groups brought together by shared interests in a scholarly topic, comprised of faculty and graduate students from Northwestern and other local institutions. Participants convene informal discussions of research and works in progress and also present public talks and workshops with visiting scholars. Workshop conveners organize all meetings as well as any special lectures and/or events.
To view the Kaplan Institute's current (2020-2021) Research Workshops, visit https://humanities.northwestern.edu/research-and-funding/research-workshops/index.html
For 2021-2022, Kaplan has devised a new funding package to help organizers plan for annual budgeting and teaching/service commitments. Research Workshops selected for awards will receive $6,000 of annual funding for either a two- or three-year, non-renewable term.
Research Workshops should hold at least two meetings per quarter and at least one public event over the course of the year. A brief report of activities will be due to Kaplan at the end of each academic year; this will be used to confirm scope of funding for the following year.
Research Workshop budget guidelines
- Stipends for faculty conveners: up to $1,000 maximum per convener, and up to $2,000 maximum in total; these funds may only be paid into faculty discretionary accounts
- Related undergraduate courses: We ask that research workshops identify at least two undergraduate courses related to the workshop that will be offered in the years the workshop operates. The idea is that the undergraduates in these classes can help comprise event audiences, that guest lecturers might make classroom visits, etc. Up to $1,000 of this funding is available for course enhancements in these related courses
- Graduate student coordinator: At least $500 per quarter of this funding is available as a stipend for a graduate student coordinator
- Co-sponsorship funds: Any additional co-sponsorships that are obtained by a workshop must be paid out through the co-sponsoring unit—Kaplan cannot collect these funds and dispense them
How to Apply
Deadline: June 7, 2021 (Mon.)
Research Workshop applications are submitted via an online application portal (see link below). Please review all application instructions on this page prior to clicking through to the application portal, as you will not be able to save an incomplete application. Note: All application documents must be submitted in PDF format only.
- In the application portal, please complete OFFICIAL CONTACT INFORMATION and ACADEMIC INFORMATION sections.
- Under APPLICATION DOCUMENTS, please upload PDF files only for the following:
- COVER LETTER (2 page maximum)
- Statement describing the workshop focus and anticipated audience; include whether the request is for a two-year or three-year term
- Proposed activities
- List of at least two undergraduate courses that are related to the interests of the workshop
- ADDITIONAL MATERIALS (please bundle into a single PDF)
- Complete breakdown of your proposed budget of $6,000
- List of confirmed/projected funds from other departments/programs (please remember that Kaplan is not able to receive and dispense these additional funds)
- Name, department, and contact information for the Primary Faculty Coordinator
- Name, department, and contact information for the Secondary Faculty Coordinator
- Name, department, and contact information for the Graduate Student Coordinator
- COVER LETTER (2 page maximum)
Online application portal
Please upload all documents as PDFs to the online portal:
Please contact Tom Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org