SPECIAL RESEARCH SUPPORT GRANTS (2020)

We recognize that, while the COVID-19 crisis has curtailed many activities, it has also led to extra expense such as buying books because libraries are closed, buying additional journal access, subscribing to learned societies and buying online training to cope with the ‘new normal.’ We have therefore decided that, exceptionally, we will award “Special Research Support Grants” in 2020 to help members offset these additional costs. We are opening these grants to all membership levels, so on this occasion Associate Members as well as Full Members may apply. 

We are offering 20 grants of up to $100 each for research-related expenses. These may be used to cover expenses such as:
- books related to your research area
- subscription to journal in your field
- journal access (eg $99 for 12mth JSTOR subscription through NCIS)
- registration fees for virtual conferences/seminars
- subscription to learned society in your field
- other (including online training)

Application must be made on the application form, and emailed to grants@ncis.org.

Conditions
- Applicant must have been an NCIS Member AT FULL OR ASSOCIATE LEVEL in good standing for the 12 months prior to 31 August 2020. 
- Intended purchases of research-related materials, or such purchases already made between 15 March and 31 August 2020 due to the crisis, may be claimed for. [NB a receipt for the purchase of the stated items will be required if the grant request is approved.]
- Only applications using the dedicated “Special Research Support Grants” application form will be considered.
- Grants will be disbursed through PayPal only. 

Application Deadline: 31 August 2020
Decision Date: 15 September.

NB These Grants available to fully vetted and paid-up NCIS MEMBERS ONLY. Following us on Facebook does not make you a member of NCIS!!

Application form

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NCIS ANNUAL Grants & PRIZES

NCIS members can apply for several forms of funding:

  • NCIS Conference Support Grants & Research Grants
  • Elizabeth Eisenstein Essay Prize
  • Pass-through grants administered by NCIS

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NCIS CONFERENCE SUPPORT GRANTS & RESEARCH GRANTS

NCIS is pleased to offer two grant mechanisms. Each grant is for up to $600 (receipts required).

Conference Support Grants are intended to help finance our members' participation in professional conferences and performances/installations.

Research Grants are intended to help finance our members' research projects. Each grant is for up to $600 (receipts required). 

Grants are awarded for upcoming conferences/performances/installations, or research activities, scheduled to occur within the 12-month period following the award decision date, and cannot be applied retroactively. 

Applications for Conference Support Grants and Research Grants are considered for award three times per year.

TO QUALIFY for either grant, an applicant must be a Full Member of NCIS (or President of an affiliated Partner Group) in good standing for a minimum of 18 consecutive months prior to the relevant grant application deadline.

NB: Associate members are NOT eligible for these grants.

Applicants must not have been awarded a Conference Support Grant OR a Research Grant during the 18 months prior to the award decision date.

Applicants may apply for both a Conference Support Grant and a Research Grant simultaneously, but only one will be awarded.

Grantees are expected to remain members in good standing for at least one year following the award decision date.

BEFORE APPLYING: Read the Conference Support Grant or Research Grant guidelines. They contain important instructions and the link to the application form.

If you have any queries feel free to contact us at grants@ncis.org.

DISBURSEMENT OF GRANTS: Grants will be disbursed through PayPal only.

NOTE: NCIS encourages each grant recipient to check with their tax advisor regarding any potential tax liability as per the laws of the recipient's country and place of domicile. US recipients can find IRS information here

         MPORTANT DATES:          Application Deadline            Decision Date

                                         
             Spring Award:                      February 1st                          March 1st
             Summer Award:                   June 1st                                  July 1st
             Fall Award:                           October 1st                            November 1st

Members will be reminded about these grants on or about January 1st, May 1st, and September 1st through social media and member mailings. Normally, applications are accepted throughout the year. 

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ELIZABETH EISENSTEIN ESSAY PRIZE

[Sponsored by NCIS and the family of Professor Eisenstein]

The Elizabeth Eisenstein Prize is awarded annually for the best academic journal article or book chapter published by a member of NCIS. The Prize brings the winner an honorarium of $350. Subject to the relevant permissions, the winning essay will be reprinted in The Independent Scholar. The Eisenstein Prize was established in April 1993 and is named for Elizabeth Lewisohn Eisenstein (1923–2016), Professor of History at American University and the University of Michigan, and mother of Margaret DeLacy, one of NCIS’s founders, in recognition of Professor Eisenstein's long-standing support of NCIS.

Eligibility:

- The article must have been published in a peer reviewed journal or edited academic book within the last two years.

- An article may only be submitted once for the Eisenstein Prize.

- All authors must be Full or Associate Members of NCIS, whether the authorship is single or multiple. 

- New members may apply - there is no requirement to have been a member for a set period of time.

- Any author awarded first place may not enter again in the year following their award, although runners up may do so. 

Submissions: NCIS members wishing to submit an article for consideration should send a copy of the published article, along with full publication details, to the Chairperson of the Awards Committee at grants@ncis.org as a PDF attachment to an email, to arrive by the stated deadline. 

Deadline: April 30 each year

DISBURSEMENT OF EISENSTEIN PRIZE MONEY will be made through PayPal only.

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NCIS-ADMINISTERED GRANTS

 

Can we help you with a third-party grant? Due to our not-for-profit status, NCIS may administer pass-through grants that require an institution. Recipients must be members of NCIS at Full or Associate level, but can apply immediately after membership has been granted.

For more information please contact us at grants@ncis.org

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