The Norman Wait Harris Grant Competition

The Norman Wait Harris Memorial Foundation Fund is one of the University of Chicago’s oldest endowments. It was established in 1923 with a gift from the five children of Norman Wait Harris, founder of the Harris Trust and Savings Bank, in honor of their father. The purpose of the fund is to help citizens of […]

The Norman Wait Harris Memorial Foundation Fund is one of the University of Chicago’s oldest endowments. It was established in 1923 with a gift from the five children of Norman Wait Harris, founder of the Harris Trust and Savings Bank, in honor of their father. The purpose of the fund is to help citizens of the United States better understand other peoples of the world.

The Norman Wait Harris fund supports conferences, lectures, invited speakers, and other events on international topics at the University of Chicago. All activities funded by this competition must be free and open to the general public. Students, faculty, and University centers and organizations are eligible to apply for Norman Wait Harris support. The proposed activity may be a single event or a series of events.

Note that the Norman Wait Harris fund does NOT award funds for individual research projects or travel by University of Chicago students and faculty, nor for events held outside Chicago. Requests received after the deadline will not be considered.

Funding preference is given to those events that are interdisciplinary as well as to projects that are either ineligible for other sources of support or that can demonstrate multiple sources of support for project budgets exceeding $3,000.

Competition Guidelines:

  • The application period for the 2015-2016 competition has closed. 
  • The Center for International Studies awards grants of up to $3,000 in its annual spring competition, to be used during the subsequent academic year.
  • All applications should include a description of the proposed activities and their significance, as well as an event title, the (proposed) date, time, participants, and intended audience. This description must include some discussion of the international scope of the proposed activities and their benefit to a public audience.
  • Applications must include an itemized project budget as well as other sources from which financial support has been sought (and/or awarded).
  • Applications must include details and contact information for the University department, office, center or program that will administer the funds and provide administrative support for carrying out the proposed activities.
  • Previous Norman Wait Harris grant recipients are eligible to apply, but the event or activity proposed must be substantively different from previously funded activities.

 

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