Co-Funding Grants

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online through the Mary Jaharis Center's Interfolio portal. Application materials will not be accepted via email or postal mail. Required documentation.

Applications will be accepted from Nov 1, 2022–Feb 1, 2023

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Mary Jaharis Center Co-Funding Grants promote Byzantine studies in North America. These grants provide co-funding to organize scholarly gatherings (e.g., workshops, seminars, small conferences) in North America that advance scholarship in Byzantine studies broadly conceived. We are particularly interested in supporting convenings that build diverse professional networks that cross the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines, propose creative approaches to fundamental topics in Byzantine studies, or explore new areas of research or methodologies.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted between 1 November 2022 and 1 February 2023. Notifications will be made in May 2023. Late applications will not be accepted. 

Application Downloads

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Eligibility

Scholars whose primary research focuses on Byzantine studies are eligible to apply. Applicants must reside in North America and be affiliated with or a graduate of a North American institution or university. Mary Jaharis Center Co-Funding Grants will not be awarded to institutions or groups. Proposed events may have a co-organizer but grant applications must be submitted by a single individual who will assume responsibility for the grant.

Proposed events must take place in North America. At least half of the active participants should reside in North America. Co-Funding Grants are intended to support activities with a clearly defined objective and of a limited duration.

Applicants must have secured a minimum of 50% of the total projected budget before applying for a Co-Funding Grant. In-kind contributions, such as the provision of meeting space or equipment, may not be counted towards this requirement. Examples of eligible expenses include travel, accommodation, honoraria, facility rental, and AV services and technical assistance. Costs associated with catering, dinners, and equipment purchases are not eligible.

The Mary Jaharis Center is committed to developing opportunities for graduate students and early career scholars to establish themselves in the field, to understanding Byzantium as part of the larger medieval and early modern world, to promoting dialogue between Byzantine studies and other fields, and to encouraging the sharing of research as widely as possible. Preference will be given to activities that further these goals.

Evaluation

Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Significance: The extent to which the proposed gathering will further scholarship on a fundamental topic in Byzantine studies, apply a new methodology, or explore new avenues of inquiry and has the potential to impact the field beyond the narrow objective of the event.
  • Approach: The extent to which the conceptual framework and methodology are clearly presented and appropriate for the stated objective of the proposed gathering.
  • Need: The extent to which co-funding will make a significant contribution toward the realization of the proposed gathering.

Terms

  • Funds should normally be used between 1 July 2023 and 30 June 2024.
  • Names of recipients and their projects will be published on the MJC website.
  • Recipients will submit within 3 months of the conclusion of the event a final report with a reconciled budget and documentation of expenditures. The report (1000–1500 words) should describe the event, what research objectives were achieved, the size, composition, and diversity of participants and audience, how the outcomes of the gathering are being communicated to other scholars in the field, and any plans for further developing the objectives of the gathering.
  • Recipients will submit within 3 months of the conclusion of the event a brief report (400–500 words) describing the gathering and its outcomes. The report should be accompanied by visual documentation of the event. The report and images will be posted on the MJC website.
  • Recipients will acknowledge the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture in all publicity and communications (e.g., website, poster, listserv or blog announcement, program booklet).
  • Recipients will acknowledge the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture in any publications resulting from the gathering, whether an article, a book, or any other form of output. Recipients should provide the Mary Jaharis Center with full bibliographical information on any publications.
  • Recipients will be expected to host the gathering as described in their proposal. Any significant divergence from the original proposal should be reported to the Mary Jaharis Center.
  • If the gathering does not proceed, the Mary Jaharis Center will ask for funds to be returned in full.

Covid-19

The Mary Jaharis Center recognizes that the Covid-19 pandemic may continue to disrupt travel and event planning for the foreseeable future and that conditions may change quickly and unexpectedly. In light of these realities, the Mary Jaharis Center will consider applications for both in-person and virtual events. Grant recipients receiving funding for in-person events who need to alter their event plans because of the pandemic will be required to report changes to the Mary Jaharis Center and have the new event details approved.

Contact

For questions about the grant, the application process, or reimbursement, contact Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture.

A complete application includes

  • Completed online application. Application requires basic information about the proposed gathering (grant amount requested, title, date, venue); event administration and organization (individuals involved in planning, organizing, and running the event); organizing partners and funding sources (other institutions involved with organizing and funding the gathering and dollar amounts committed; other potential funding sources); concise statement of rationale and objectives (no more than 200 words); event structure (length, format, and structure of the gathering); essential bibliography (5–7 publications that focus on the central issues to be covered in the event); communication plan (event publicity and dissemination of outcomes).
  • Organizer’s full curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications.
  • If applicable, Co-organizer’s full curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications.
  • Project description of no more than 1000 words. The description should include 1) purpose and significance of the gathering, 2) structure of the convening and methodological approach, and 3) expected outcomes and steps for furthering the objectives of the event. Applicants are encouraged to review the stated evaluation criteria and address them in their application material.
  • Complete list participants. List all the individuals who have been invited to participate. Give their name, their affiliation, and field of expertise. Provide a short description of their scholarly contribution to the convening (no more than a sentence or two).
  • Budget. A detailed, realistic, complete budget for the gathering. Budgets must indicate expenditures that will be funded by the Mary Jaharis Center Co-Funding Grant and by already committed funds. Applicants must use budget template provided by the Mary Jaharis Center. Applicants are advised that a lack of budgetary detail will harm an application's chances. DOWNLOAD BUDGET TEMPLATE. Please save and upload your budget as a PDF. When exporting your budget, please check that all of the data in each cell is visible.
  • Funding commitments. Applicants should include a commitment letter from each funding source identified in the online application form. Letters should state the dollar amount committed and be written on institutional letterhead. Please combine all letters and upload as a single PDF. 

All material must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center's Interfolio portal. Detailed information about submitting your application through Interfolio can be found at this link. Late applications will not be accepted. 

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