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.
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.