Faculty Grants

The University Center for Human Values invites proposals from members of the Princeton faculty (senior lecturers; assistant, associate, full professors and lecturers and research scholars on continuing appointments) for support of research, conferences and collaborative projects on subjects relating to values in public and private life.  

Please send a brief (1-2 pages) description of the project and append a budget showing the costs of the project and indicating other funds received and other sources applied to. Please note that we cannot support academic-year or summer salaries or stipends and are not in a position to offer office space. Requests should identify a Princeton faculty member and department or other unit as having overall responsibility for oversight of the project and administration of the award.   

Application deadlines for fall 2018 and spring 2019 proposals will be announced in September 2018. Please direct proposals and questions to Regin Davis, Assistant Director of the UCHV (regin.davis@princeton.edu).  

        (1) Individual research projects.

The Center offers grants up to $10,000, depending on the nature of the project, to support costs for individual projects and collaborative work with colleagues from other institutions. These might include, e.g., costs of research travel, book workshops (to discuss draft manuscripts with local and visiting colleagues), and support of travel costs of colleagues from non-U.S. institutions who would benefit from a short time in Princeton working with a Princeton faculty member or group.

        (2) Conference funding.

 The Center welcomes requests to cosponsor conferences and workshops on normative themes to be held on campus and open to participation by faculty and graduate students. Typically the Center makes small grants of from $500 to $2,000, depending on costs and centrality to the Center’s interest. We will consider larger requests (normally for not more than $10,000) for support of activities centrally concerned with questions of ethics and values, whether in historical or contemporary thought or practice. We expect that co-sponsored conferences will also be supported by other units of the University and will be administered in one of those units. This program does not support activities intended primarily for undergraduates.

        (3) Collaborative projects of small or large scale.

Costs for projects centered at Princeton or organized in collaboration with other universities and with a substantial Princeton participation devoted to exploration of ethical issues in public and private life. We will consider requests for amounts up to $50,000/year, with budgets appropriate to the ambition and scale of the project. Requests covering up to three years of support will be entertained.