How to Apply

2016-2017 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2016

APPLY: Please click here to fill out the application for funding.

The Carolina Seminars program invites proposals for new and continuing Carolina Seminars for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Carolina Seminars provides support for groups of scholars from UNC-Chapel Hill and other academic institutions to study complex problems and issues, bridge disciplinary boundaries, and enrich academic discourse. We particularly encourage applications that will bring together scholars and students from different backgrounds (professional, racial/ethnic, gender). In addition to logistical support, the program offers modest financial support.  Carolina Seminars should meet at least six times during an academic year.  Preference will be given to seminars that emphasize in-depth discussion of new or in-progress scholarship.

Proposals on any topic are welcome. We are particularly seeking proposals for Carolina Seminars that address one of the following two themes:
– Race
– The 21st Century University

Proposals falling within these themes may explore any facet or facets of the theme; they do not need to be comprehensive.

Support is available for Carolina Seminars in two formats: the Traditional and the Problem-Based format.  Both are described below:

TRADITIONAL FORMAT

Traditional Carolina Seminars are formed around an ongoing topic area (examples include Legal History, Climate Science, and American Indian Studies). They must be led by scholars from two different UNC departments and/or two different institutions and meet at least six times during an academic year, unless a compelling case is made for a different meeting plan. Preference will be given to seminars that emphasize in-depth discussion of new or in-progress scholarship. Traditional Carolina Seminars will receive base funding of $1,400 for the academic year, and may request additional funding for specific needs. They may be renewed annually as long as they remain intellectually vibrant, active, and in line with the program’s priorities.

PROBLEM-BASED FORMAT

Problem-based Carolina Seminars are formed around an intellectual problem or task. These seminars are expected to meet for two or three years, culminating in a specific work (publication, white paper, research agenda, grant proposal, etc.). They will receive guaranteed base funding of $3,000 per year for the duration of the proposed period. They may request additional funding for specific needs.  Problem-based seminars will not be renewed after the proposed period is complete.

DEADLINE
Applications are due no later than June 30, 2016

HOW TO APPLY
Please click here to fill out the application for funding.

Andrew J. Perrin, Director, Carolina Seminars Program
CB# 5120, 6001 Davis Library
email: carolinaseminars@unc.edu


ON-GOING – SPECIAL CALL FOR PROBLEM-FOCUSED SEMINARS: ETHICS & DIVERSITY AT UNC AND BEYOND

The Carolina Seminars Program, the Parr Center for Ethics, and the Institute of African American Research (IAAR), are sponsoring a special call for applications for problem-focused seminars focusing on ethical dimensions of diversity at UNC. This call is designed to bring the considerable intellectual and ethical talents of Carolina faculty and students to bear on urgent questions of diversity on campus.

They are expected to continue for one, two, or three years, and to produce a significant intellectual accomplishment at the end of that period. The form of that accomplishment is open, but could include:

  • Research outlines on one or more facets of diversity on campus, such as classroom practices, residential life, staff experiences, and faculty issues;
  • A research proposal to study dimensions of ethics and diversity;
  • Online tools facilitating learning or conversation;
  • Reports evaluating ethical “best practices” in one or more facets of campus diversity;
  • Essays or collections exploring ethical principles related to campus diversity.

The accomplishment(s) should be made freely available to the campus community in some form.

Seminars must be organized by faculty from two or more UNC departments, and are encouraged to include staff, undergraduate students, and/or graduate students. Preference will be given to proposals that bring together participants or ideas from significantly different backgrounds. They will receive $3,000 per year for up to three years for use in carrying out activities, as well as modest logistical support from Carolina Seminars, the Institute of African-American Research, and the Parr Center for Ethics. Proposals may be submitted through the Carolina Seminars website (http://carolinaseminars.unc.edu/application-for-funding/ ), and should include proposed co-conveners, a description of the seminar’s focus, core membership, and work plan, and rough budget. Proposals are due February 29, 2016, and funding may begin as early as March 15, 2016.

For more information, contact:
Andrew J. Perrin, Professor of Sociology and Director of Carolina Seminars, andrew_perrin@unc.edu
Russ Shafer-Landau, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Parr Center for Ethics, rssl@unc.edu
Karla Slocum, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Institute of African American Research, kslocum@unc.edu