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.
Applications must include the following:
- 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.