Funding Ethics-Related Projects

Funding in support of an ethics-related project or event

It is not sufficient for Prindle funding that the project or event involves (a) ethically important work or (b) content that is ethically important. Almost all literature, art, and history, for instance, satisfy that criteria. Prindle funding aims to go beyond supporting work that is intrinsically 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.┬áPlease carefully review the guidelines below. If you’ve read the guidelines and still have a question, contact Linda Clute (lclute@depauw.edu).


Our Advisory Committee reviews proposals and makes final funding decisions. The kinds of projects we fund are widely varied. Examples include, but are not limited to:

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

Funding Cycles and Deadlines:

Mason Zayid taking a selfie with a DePauw student on stage
Comedian and disability rights activist Maysoon Zayid with DePauw students after a Prindle-funded lecture

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

Funding Cycles:

Fall Cycle (provides funds for projects in late 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

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

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

Funding a Speaker:

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 go into how a speaking event before submitting it to the advisory committee:

  • To receive funding, a speaking event must be planned in consultation with the public occasions committee. This will help minimize conflicts with other campus events, identify potential partner groups, and ensure that the event isn’t too similar to another DePauw event.
  • Speaking events that bring in more campus partners (e.g. other centers, 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.

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:

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

Application Form

Visit Us.


2961 W County Road 225 S
Greencastle, IN 46135
P: (765) 658-4075



Monday - Friday: 8AM - 7PM
Saturday-Sunday: closed

Monday - Friday: 8AM - 5PM