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Project Grants

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The Prindle Institute for Ethics seeks to fund projects, events, and scholarship at DePauw University that encourage ethics education and discussion. We want to support projects about important ethical issues, but ethics content alone is not sufficient to receive Prindle Institute funding. Applications for funding must articulate how you see your project or event developing and encouraging lively, in-depth engagement with the ethical themes of your project. Please carefully review the guidelines below. If you 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 have a DePauw University-affiliated faculty, staff or student as the project lead.  If you are a student leading the project, note that you must have a faculty or staff mentor associated with the project. In a competitive funding pool priority is given to those projects that have the biggest impact on the DePauw community. 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
  • Engaging and connecting with the local K-12 community
  • Funding for faculty-student collaborative research that has a substantial ethics focus
  • Funding the dissemination and/or presentation of student research when the project has a strong tie to ethics
Don’t limit yourself to the ideas outlined in the bulleted list above! We welcome creative approaches to ethics education.  We encourage you to reach out to the our Associate Director, Emily Knuth (eknuth@depauw.edu), to discuss your ideas before you invest heavily in a proposal.

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:

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

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

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


  • Many topics and projects have ethical components. To be competitive for Prindle Institute funding, proposals must articulate how a project or event develops and encourages lively, in-depth engagement with the key ethical issues of your project. This often involves acknowledging and considering alternative perspectives on these key ethical issues.
  • In an effort to ensure that curricular development projects and research projects align with broader guidelines for curricular development and research, the advisory committee will review requests for funding such projects in consultation with Academic Affairs.
  • If a DePauw student is the project lead for a proposal, they must identify a faculty or staff mentor who will advise in the project implementation and ensure that the student meets the goals of the project and delivers a final project report.
  • There are often many visiting speakers throughout the academic year at DePauw, so the advisory committee will be more cautious about funding speaking events and will ask that you receive approval from Dean Marcus Hayes before applying for funding for a speaking event.

Application Form Next deadline: September 27, 2024

Application for Funding from the Prindle Institute Early Spring or Summer 2024 (Winter Cycle)

  • Note that the faculty/staff mentor must agree to advise in the project implementation, to ensure that the goals of the project are met, and that a final project report is delivered.

  • Partnership from multiple entities demonstrates that there are more constituencies that have a stake in the project or event. Because of this, we have a preference for proposals that are made in partnership with other campus entities.


  • List each expense along with a brief rationale for the expense.

  • Note that if the report is not submitted, the proposer will not be eligible for future Prindle Institute funding.

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