Due to the high volume applications received annually, the Lecture Committee strongly encourages applicants to submit all proposals for 2018-19 by the November 16 deadline.
Funding from the Lecture Committee
In general, the Lecture Committee provides funding to faculty for:
Note: The Lecture Committee does not fund book tours and provides only nominal support for class visits.
Faculty are encouraged to think broadly and creatively about events that both appeal to the Smith community and fall under our funding mandate. Lectures which supplement specific courses may be scheduled during daytime class hours; however topics carrying broad appeal should be scheduled during non-class periods to enable community members to attend. All events sponsored by endowed funds must be open to the public.
Application Deadlines for 2018-2019
Friday, August 24, 2018 - Late requests for fall 2018 eventsFriday, November 16, 2018 - Requests for spring 2019 eventsFriday, January 18, 2019 - Late requests for spring 2019 eventsFriday, April 12, 2019 - Requests for fall 2019 events
The Lecture Committee upholds its published application deadlines to ensure that everyone has the best opportunity to share in the pool of resources. As always, the Committee cannot award new or additional funding after events have already taken place. While the Committee is open to helping faculty address unanticipated opportunities that arise spontaneously (i.e., a leader in your field is passing through the area and just contacted you about presenting a seminar next week), the Committee urges faculty to avail themselves of this openness only when absolutely necessary.
Preparing Your Proposal
Please be sure to provide all information requested and follow the instructions included in each section of the application. Detailed information is essential for the Lecture Committee to weigh the proposal's merits. If a particular field does not apply to your event, enter 0 or N/A. This form cannot be saved to your computer.
For more information, see the Lecture Committee Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Please note that approval of this application sets no precedent for future requests.
Note: Because only one allocation of funds from the Lecture Committee will be made, try to anticipate ALL expenses. The Lecture Committee will provide only $100 to support class visits. Applicants should consult with their Department or Program assistant on average costs of travel, lodging, meals and entertainment, publicity, and more for various types of events.
SUBMISSION DISABLED: The Total Amount Requested from the Lecture Committee must equal the Total Cost of Your Event minus your Funding from Other Sources. It does not. Please go back and check that all amounts entered are accurate. The application cannot be submitted until the math is correct.
Note: Once submitted, you will receive a copy of your application via email. A copy of your application will also be sent via email to the Chair/Director of your Department or Program. The Lecture Committee will be notified once the application is approved by the Chair/Director of your Department or Program. Applications will not be considered until the Chair/Director has approved the event.