Cater Society of Junior Fellows

Seminar Grant FAQs

Question:  Who can apply?  Answer:  Any full-time faculty member working with a Junior Fellow from the Cater Society.  The Junior Fellow must play a significant role in the creative work, research, writing or presentation. For example, if the faculty member wants to fund his/her costs for a conference, the Junior Fellow must also attend, and must either be the primary author whose work was overseen by the faculty member or a co-author with the faculty member.

Question:  Can I fund both a stipend and travel costs?   Answer:  Yes.  The total award cannot exceed $1300, but you can split the funds in any way that best supports the project.

Question:  Can I apply even if I am getting funds from the Faculty Travel Fund?    Answer:  Yes, as long as you are working with a Junior Fellow and the Faculty Travel funds are not overlapping in purpose with the Cater Seminar funds.

Question:  Can I apply even if I am getting funds from the Faculty Enhancement Fund?    Answer:  Yes, as long as you are working with a Junior Fellow and the Faculty Enhancement funds are not overlapping in purpose with the Cater Seminar funds.

Question:  Can I apply even if I am getting funds from the Dean’s Collaborative Grants?   Answer:  No.  The Dean’s Collaborative Grants provide ample funding for summer projects.

Question:  Where do I find the application?    Answer:  The application is located on the Cater Society of Junior Fellows Webpage under “Faculty Cater Seminar Program.”

Question:  What is the deadline for Cater Seminar awards? Answer:  The deadline will be published on the Cater website and announced via email. Once the yearly funding is spent, new project applications will be deferred to the following year.

Question:  How do I determine a stipend amount?   Answer:  Mirroring the Faculty Collaborative Grants, the cap for a faculty stipend is $300/week of collaborative work with a Cater Society Junior Fellow.  To request a stipend, submit a timeline that indicates when the work will be conducted.

Question:  How do I know if a student is a Junior Fellow in the Cater Society?   Answer:  Ask the students with whom you are working!  The student officers of the Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows also maintain a list of members on the Cater Society webpage that is updated at least twice a year.  See the “Member List” at https://www.washcoll.edu/academics/cater-society/member-list.php