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 for a semester project cannot exceed $2500, but you can split the funds in any way that best supports the project. The total award for summer projects cannot exceed $5000.
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, and how are awards determined?
Answer: The deadline for applications is rolling, the Cater Seminar Advisory Board evaluates grant proposals and makes awards.
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