Event Funding & Support Requests

We organize workshop series, graduate student reading groups, and classroom visits  in order to advance research, teaching, and community-building in History Department at Stanford University. In addition, we provide funding for workshops, conferences, and stand-alone events organized by History faculty in collaboration with other Stanford units.

To request funding or nominal (no-cost) co-sponsorship for your Stanford event, please review the information below and submit your request at this link

Funding Request Categories & Application Deadlines:

  • History Department Events: The Department provides funding, logistical support, and staff time for the following types of events. Three types of events are supported:  
    • Workshop Series are led by History Department faculty members and usually in collaboration with History graduate students. They bring together Stanford History affiliates to present and discuss their ongoing research. Sessions may include presentations by external speakers. Workshops are expected to meet at least 3 times per academic year. The Department provides logistical support and/or up to $5,000. Application deadline: June 15
    • Graduate Student Reading Groups are led by History graduate students in close consultation with the History faculty members . Through the sessions, participants deeply engage with a particular topic and forthcoming/recent publications. Faculty and graduate students from other departments may participate in the reading groups; due to funding restrictions, majority of participants should however be comprised of History graduate students. Reading groups are expected to meet at least 3 times per academic year. The Department provides up to $2,000 (to cover reading materials, catering costs, and/or honoraria). Organizers are encouraged to utilize digital resources that are available for free via the Stanford Libraries. Application deadline: June 15
    • Classroom visits bring a guest lecturer to enrich the intellectual breadth of a History Department course. The Department provides up to $250 per lecturer.  Application deadline:  At least three months prior to the proposed event date.
  • Co-sponsored EventsThe Department provides funding for the following types of Stanford events. Event organizers work with other Stanford units or Stanford Conference Services (more info) on the event organization (such as logistical arrangements, financial reimbursements, general event coordination).
    • Workshops/Conferences bring together multiple speakers for a one-day or longer event.  The Department provides up to $2,000.  Application deadline: At least three months prior to the proposed conference date.
    • Stand-alone Events or Other Academic Events bring an external speaker for a one-time speaking engagement. The Department provides up to $500. Application Deadline: At least three months prior to the proposed event date.
  • Nominal Co-sponsorship  can be requested for events organized by Stanford units and have relevance to the research & teaching conducted in the department. The Department circulates the event information to its affiliates without providing further logistical and financial support. Application Deadline: At least two weeks prior the event date.

Review Process & Expectations from the Organizers:

A committee comprised of History faculty members and staff review the applications. The committee may decline to review late applications due to the budgeting and planning timelines.

Event organizers are responsible for keeping track of the expenses and balancing the proposed budget in collaboration with the department's Finance Manager and Events & Communications Coordinator. They will also manage the group mailing lists (as applicable), and will provide clear supporting documentation to process the event expenses.

Due to budgetary constraints, applicants are encouraged to secure funding from other Stanford units and/or to use their faculty research accounts (as applicable) to cover anticipated costs.