Year of Why Grant Application Information
Please view the grant application guidelines below:
The Provost’s theme year encourages individual students, faculty and staff as well as departments and centers to create programming that relates to the topic in many contexts: the sciences, the humanities, social culture and policy, the arts, etc. To further this goal, the Provost’s office will sponsor a Year of Why Grants Program that will offer opportunities to create, participate in, and learn about curiosity and related fields. Applications will be evaluated based on the criteria listed below.
Penn faculty, students and staff can apply, either individually or in groups. There will be some additional funding at a higher level available for special projects—generally, larger conferences, speakers or special symposia that are co-sponsored by several Penn Schools or Centers. Examples from previous years include a presentation by Will Shortz (NY Times Crossword Puzzle Editor) celebrating the Year of Games and a day-long conference at the Penn Museum on Water and Ancient Civilizations commemorating the Year of Water.
Grant proposals will be assessed based on the quality and promise of the project and its potential to engage and involve the Penn community. We encourage multi-disciplinary and/or collaborative projects between Penn organizations and schools. Project leaders are encouraged to reach out to other schools and departments, especially to share expertise, networking opportunities, and invitation lists.
The guidelines (below) are for proposals for grants of up to $500.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Troy Majnerick, Associate Director, Office of New Student Orientation and Academic Initiatives. firstname.lastname@example.org/ 215-573-1218