In the first year of this program (2021-2022), SCS anticipates awarding $15,000 in the form of at least 5 grants of between $1,500 and $3,000. Each applicant who is awarded a grant will also receive one year of free SCS membership.
All contingent faculty who study or teach about the ancient Mediterranean and its reception are eligible. For the purposes of this grant “contingent faculty” is defined as including any post-secondary faculty status other than tenured, tenure-track, and retired/emeritx at the time of application. This includes a variety of professional titles, contract-lengths, FTE-statuses, and benefits-eligibility statuses. Those who do not currently have a job within academia but who are actively seeking employment in line with the above are also eligible. Current graduate students are not eligible. Membership in the SCS is not required for eligibility. Those who are unsure about whether they meet eligibility requirements should contact the chair of the contingent faculty committee, Chiara Sulprizio (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The grant program includes two tracks: (a) Professional Development; and (b) Financial Assistance. Applicants will indicate whether they are applying for a Professional Development grant or a Financial Assistance grant. Applications for the financial assistance option will be assessed based on financial need, while applications for the professional development option will include some supplemental questions about the project for which the funds will be used. These responses, along with financial need, will be considered when awarding grants for professional development.
The application will be open from September 1st to December 1st, 2021. The application may be accessed here: https://forms.gle/kfZAvdaJ2rb6ztvXA. The selection committee will review applications in January and February and decisions will be announced in March of 2022. The selection committee will be made up of 3-5 members of the SCS Committee on Contingent Faculty and a number of Directors-at-large from the SCS Board.