Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

Made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Mahindra Humanities Center invites all Harvard graduate students to submit a proposal to coordinate an Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference. Funding for the conference will be available up to the amount of $7,500. The conference should take place during the 2014-15 academic year.

Guidelines

  • Proposal submissions should consist of a one- to two-page description, outlining the proposed theme, structure, timeline, keynote speaker (if applicable), and well thought-out budget.
  • Conference topic should be interdisciplinary, and proposal should make the case for its innovative approaches and relevance to a range of fields.
  • Proposal should be a collaborative effort between two or more graduate students.
  • Only one panel should be scheduled at a time to maximize attendance.
  • Since this is an opportunity for graduate students to share and explore their work in a collegial environment, faculty involvement should be minimal. You are welcome to propose faculty as panel moderators or keynote speakers, though be mindful of the budgetary limitations (travel/honorarium/hotel) with the latter.
  • In addition to $7,500 from the Mahindra Center, coordinators are encouraged to seek additional funding from their respective departments.
  • The Thompson Room in the Barker Center, our preferred venue for the conference, has been reserved for Friday-Saturday, April 24-25, 2015.
  • Proposals for conferences already in the development stage, but whose organizers are seeking additional funding, will not be considered.

Please send proposals to:

Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University
Attn: Sarah Razor
Warren House, Room 108
11 Prescott Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

For more information, inquire at humcentr@fas.harvard.edu. You may download examples of past graduate conference budgets and proposals here.

The deadline for submission is Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

Recent Graduate Student Conferences sponsored or co-sponsored by the Mahindra Center: