Conference Presentation Grants Sponsored by ITMS
Calling all academics, graduate students, creative writers, artists, filmmakers, etc.:
If you are considering addressing aspects of Thomas Merton's life, thinking, writing, or creative work in a presentation for an academic, professional, or creative conference that is not primarily focused on Merton, you are invited to apply for an International Thomas Merton Society (ITMS) Presentation Grant to help offset up to $250 of your expenses. [This opportunity does not extend to the Merton panels for the College English Association (CEA)--but rather to other international/national/regional/local conferences.]
Here are the details:
- Proposals should consist of: 1) a summary of 150-200 words detailing the name of the conference at which your presentation will take place, the conference date and location, the intended audience, and the aspects of Merton's life or work you will address; and 2) a summary of projected expenses.
- Successful proposals will demonstrate:
- A significant explanation or discussion of some aspect of Merton's life, thinking, writing and/or artistic work.
- A connection to the theme/topic of the professional conference.
- Presentations at national/international conferences will be eligible for grants of up to $250; grants for presentations at local and regional conferences will be capped at $150. Grant amounts will be determined by the evaluation committee.
- Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, subject to availability of funds.
- Individuals submitting proposals must be members of the ITMS, or the cost of a one-year Society membership will be subtracted from their grant amount.
- Priority will be given to proposals from individuals who have not previously received a Presentation Grant.
- Final awarding of funds will occur following completion of the event, and will be dependent on receipt of a PDF of the conference program (with your name and presentation title highlighted) and receipts for relevant expenses.
Submit proposals via email to Dr. Monica Weis, SSJ, Chair of the ITMS Education Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org.