Funding Ethics-Related Projects at DePauw University

Funding ethics-related projects and events for DePauw faculty, staff and students

The Prindle Institute for Ethics seeks to fund projects, events, and scholarship at DePauw University that encourages ethics education and discussion. Our funding aims to go beyond supporting work that is intrinsically ethically important. It is not sufficient for Prindle Institute funding that the project or event involves ethically-important work or content that is ethically-important. With our funding, we aim for a deeply integrated critical discussion of the ethical content and/or important work. As part of your proposal, please articulate how you see your project or event developing an intensive, critical discussion of the ethical themes of your project. Please carefully review the guidelines below. If you’ve read the guidelines and still have a question, contact Emily Knuth (eknuth@depauw.edu).


Our Advisory Committee reviews proposals and makes final funding decisions. The kinds of projects we fund are widely varied, but must support only DePauw University-affiliated faculty, staff and/or students. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Bringing speakers to campus
  • Hosting meals and discussions
  • Hosting a dialogue group or faculty reading group that meets regularly throughout the year or semester
  • Developing an ethics-related course
  • Funding faculty-student collaborative research
  • Funding the dissemination and/or presentation of student research

Funding Cycles and Deadlines

We offer funds on a cycle model to ensure equitable access to funding opportunities. Projects and events should require funds no earlier than four weeks after the application deadline.

Funding Cycles:

Spring Cycle (provides funding for projects in summer or early Fall semester)

  • Deadline for proposals: April 15
  • Decisions announced: May 7

Fall Cycle (provides funds for projects in Fall or early Spring semesters)

  • Deadline for proposals: September 27
  • Decisions announced: October 7

Winter Cycle (provides funds for projects in early Spring semester or summer)

  • Deadline for proposals: January 15
  • Decisions announced: February 7

Course and Research Funding

In an effort to ensure that curricular and research funding aligns with broader guidelines for curricular development and research, the advisory committee will review these proposals in consultation with Academic Affairs.

Other Ethics-Related Projects at DePauw University

Proposals that enrich academic life on the DePauw University campus with an ethics-related component that are outside the kinds of events the Prindle Institute normally funds are especially encouraged. Don’t limit yourself to the ideas outlined in the bulleted list above.

Application Form Next deadline April 15, 2022

Application for Funding from the Prindle Institute Summer and Early Fall

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  • We may share your request with other departments/programs to ask if they would require attendance or make it a punch card event.
  • Please list each expense along with a brief rationale for the expense.
  • For projects that are public campus events with a speaker it is important to Indicate whether sponsors are being considered, have been contacted, or have committed already (in which case, list the dollar amount committed). Support from multiple sources demonstrates that there are more campus constituencies that have a stake in the event. Because of this, we have a preference for proposals that solicit support from other campus organizations.
  • In general, the committee prefers to fund no more than 1/3 of the cost of public events. (Particularly if the total cost of the event is high.)

Funding a Speaker

Photograph of Tarana Burke standing at a podium with a DePauw University backdrop
Tarana Burke enraptured a packed house at a Prindle Institute-funded speaking engagement

There are often many visiting speakers throughout the academic year at DePauw, so the advisory committee will be more cautious about funding speaking events. We ask that some reflection on the following considerations on funding a speaking event before submitting it to the advisory committee:

  • Speaking events that bring in more campus partners (e.g. honors and fellows programs or student groups) have a higher likelihood of receiving funding.
  • Speaking events that integrate the speaker’s work into the curriculum (e.g. using the speaker’s work in a course, or arranging for a classroom visit) have a higher likelihood of being funded. The more classes and faculty that are involved in the speaker’s event, the more likely the event is to be funded.

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