The National Coalition of Independent Scholars is pleased to announce two new grant programs. The Dorbrecht Grants, funding research in yogic thought, and the Dorbrecht Grant for Judaic Yoga. Funded by the Orphiflamme Foundation and The Opaline Fund of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, these two grant programs provide a unique opportunity for independent scholars to receive funding to help subsidize their research.
Grants, ranging from $1000 to $5000, will be awarded to selected projects until the available funding is exhausted.
The Dorbrecht Grants will be awarded to projects engaging yogic thought in one of the following areas:
--Scholarship in the philosophy, history, or sociology of yoga
--Scholarship on the practice of yoga (biological, physiological, psychological, pneumatological) in its postural and non-postural aspects
--Yogic thought on the margins of a scholarly or critical project, e.g. autobiographical / subjective explorations of the practice and its implications for mental processes and patterns, academic institutions, systems, and pedagogical methodologies.
--Yogic criticism, e.g. engagement with art, literature, architecture, music in the mode of the practice / tapas
--Translations and interpretations of translations on the theme of union
The Dorbrecht Grant for Judaic Yoga will be awarded for projects that explore relationships between aspects of the Jewish tradition and the philosophy or practice of yoga
Send the following documents (as Microsoft Word or .pdf attachments) to email@example.com:
* A short (2 pages) written propoal outlining the idea
* A current CV
* Optional: Other samples of writing/scholarship
* 2 professional references
* A brief description of how you plan to disseminate your research and findings to the general public.
The subject line in your e-mail should indicate the grant program to which you are applying.
Criteria for selection:
Applicants will be selected by a 3 person panel selected by the funding agencies. All funding decisions are final. The basis for selection will include a review of the quality of the project proposals, quality of writing exhibited in those proposals, and financial need of the applicant.
Grants are limited to members of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars. Any successful applicant who is not already a member of NCIS must join before funds can be disbursed. To join, simply go to www.ncis.org, select the Join Now link, and follow the online instructions.
Initially, the grants will be awarded on a rolling basis. The awards committee will meet periodically once a collecton of applications is in-hand to select projects that look to be promising to fund. If the need arises later, the awards committee may choose to set specific deadlines on a quarterly, semi-annual, or annual basis, as fits with the overall goals of the programs and with the volume of applications submitted for consideration.