Faculty in Religious Education request funding for conference presentations when submitting their annual research and travel budget requests to their department chairs in August. However, opportunities to present at academic conferences sometimes arise for which faculty could not plan when submitting their annual request to their department chair. Other faculty may sometimes be able to justifiably present at more conferences in a given year than their department chair can fund with his/her available monies. (There may also be occasional circumstances in which your presence at a conference is important even if you are not presenting.)
If you find yourself in one of these situations, you are invited to complete the accompanying application form to request additional funding for an RSC–Religious Education Conference Presentation Grant. (For international conferences, you are also encouraged to apply for the Kennedy Center conference travel grant.)
As with the RSC–Religious Education Research grants, your department chair must sign and endorse your request for a Conference Presentation Grant.
While we do not guarantee that all faculty members will be able to participate in every conference they might wish to, we will work to fund as many justifiable faculty conference presentations as possible with the resources available to us.
All conferences and all conference presentations are not of equal worth. We encourage you to use wisdom as you consider your academic conference participation, considering such factors as: (1) which of your (potential) presentations in a given year have higher priority for your personal scholarly endeavors, (2) the nature and status of the conference, and (3) the “return” that will accrue to you as a scholar and to BYU if money is spent for to you participate in a particular conference, including (4) the likelihood of your presentation leading to a quality publication.
Conference Presentation Grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Submit one when the need arises.
In order to expedite your application and to minimize expenditures on airline tickets, we expect your application to be submitted as soon as you receive notification of acceptance to present at a conference, which will generally be months before the conference takes place.
For funding consideration, complete the Conference Presentation Grant application form and submit it to your department chair for review and endorsement.
Your department chair will deliver your application to the Dean’s office. All applications will be reviewed by the Associate Dean and the RSC Research Co-Directors before a final funding decision is made.
Contact Dana M. Pike (x2238) with questions or for further information.