|This award was made possible by the generous donation of David Bornblum in honor of
his father Bert Bornblum, a long-time friend of the Philosophy Department. It provides,
on a competitive basis, funds to curb the expense of professional travel for graduate
|Generally, grants should be awarded according to the following priorities:
(1) Conference presentations at a major venue (national conferences, including those within
a significant disciplinary concentration, are more significant than regional conferences)
of a primary paper.
(2) Research travel for advanced PhD students with promise of significant contribution
to their dissertation project.
(3) Other conference presentations. Commenting.
(4) Other educational or research opportunities such as language programs or work that,
while not immediately relevant to the identified dissertation area of the student,
contributes to the student's AOS/AOC.
These categories and subcategories may be thought of as providing four default ordered
priorities. However, they cannot be thought of as providing a strict lexical ordering.
Various considerations may be relevant.
Obviously, the expected benefits of presenting a paper (or commenting) at a conference
varies with the geographical and disciplinary scope of the conference, but also with
the expected quality of participants generally, the focus of the conference on an
issue, the connections and visibility that is likely to result, and like matters.
So, commenting on a paper by a prominent philosopher at a conference analogous to
our own Spindel Conference, and one focused centrally in the student's AOS would presumably
have a strong case for being funded.
Similarly, participation in certain programs at which our faculty and students have
been conspicuous and at which our students have made contacts of significance can
be given some weight, even when a student is not presenting. Here, clearly, more
advanced students may do more for themselves and for our program than less advanced
students, and clearly those presenting are likewise better placed to benefit themselves
and the program.
In view of the range and nuance of relevant considerations, students should produce
and submit a proposal. The proposal should include:
- A discussion of the range of benefits to themselves and the graduate program of their
participation in the conference, program, or course of study they propose.
- A concise budget for travel.
Proposals should also be accompanied by a letter of support by a faculty member willing
to explain the significance of the conference/program and the contribution it makes
to the student's professional profile and development.
Proposals should be submitted electronically to the Director of Graduate Studies.
Rolling Admissions and Decisions
|Proposals should be submitted at least eight weeks prior to conference travel.
A small committee of the Graduate Coordinator and Graduate Admissions Director, plus
two additional faculty members will, in consultation with the Chair, make decisions
regarding the success of funding proposals. Proposals may be rejected on the basis
of the availability of funds.