Small Grants

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Small Grants for Faculty Research and Travel
Each year the ESC awards small grants (amounts are usually in the range of $500) to Affiliated Faculty to provide support for research-related expenses, conferences, translations of publications, and to help sponsor visitors who will give a public lecture at the University of Pittsburgh on a topic relevant to the center. 

The purpose of these awards is to supplement departmental or other funding, and the Center will usually ask about other sources of funding.  If an award is granted, the ESC requests that the Center be acknowledged as a co-sponsor of any lecture or activity that receives funding.  The ESC will also help publicize such co-sponsored events to students, faculty, and community members.

Application Procedure
There is no fixed deadline, and Affiliated Faculty may apply at any time during the year. Grant applications will be reviewed at the beginning of each month and applicants will be notified shortly thereafter.  Faculty should apply for an ESC Small Grant by emailing or sending a hard copy to the Director, Jae-Jae Spoon, with a copy to the Associate Director, Allyson Delnore.  Applicants should indicate the total budget for the project, other possible funding sources, and the amount requested from the ESC.

Allowable Expenses

  • Ground and air transportation to and from research site, lodging.
  • On-campus and on-site research assistance (work study, translator, etc.).
  • Copy and other duplication costs.
  • Books and subscriptions, if justifiably necessary for the research project.
  • Ground and air transportation to and from the conference or workshop site.
  • Visa expenses.
  • Lodging and meal expenses
  • Duplication of papers for use at the conference or workshop.
  • Registration fee for conference or workshop.
  • Payment to foreign national firms for services provided outside the United States

Non-allowable Expenses

  • Travel expenses for individuals other than the applicant or a University of Pittsburgh student serving as a research assistant
  • Payment to foreign national individuals for services provided outside the United States
  • Equipment
  • Any conference travel expenses if applicant does not present a paper at conference or workshop
  • Membership fees
  • Any expenses unrelated to the proposed activities.