The APA regularly funds projects and initiatives beneficial to the philosophical community. The types of funding available are detailed below.
Small Grant Fund
Each year, the APA's small grant fund, supported by the Eastern Division, makes up to $25,000 in grants of normally no more than $5,000 each. The board of officers considers applications for these grants each year at its fall meeting.
Learn more about the small grant fund and how to apply.
See past projects supported by the small grant fund.
The APA maintains several funds to which donors may contribute. These funds each focus on a particular issue area and fund projects or initiatives directly related to that focus.
Fund for Diversity and Inclusiveness
The fund for diversity and inclusiveness, established in 2013, supports efforts to make philosophy as a field more diverse and inclusive from the major to the professoriate. Funds go to projects that will have a demonstrable impact on the representation of and climate for women, people of color, LGBT people, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups in philosophy, with special focus on seeding new and innovative projects.
Requests for grants from this fund should be submitted to Executive Director Amy Ferrer. At this time, the maximum grant amount for the fund for diversity and inclusiveness is $1,000, and funding decisions are normally made within two weeks of application, with funds being available for disbursement immediately thereafter.
Donate to the fund for diversity and inclusiveness.
Berry Fund for Public Philosophy
The Berry fund supports the work of the APA's committee on public philosophy, whose goal is to find and create opportunities to demonstrate the personal value and social usefulness of philosophy.
Grants from the Berry fund are determined by the committee on public philosophy. Contact the chair of the committee for more information.
Donate to the Berry fund.
The teaching fund provides support for philosophy teaching initiatives and programs.
Requests for grants from this fund should be submitted to Executive Director Amy Ferrer. At this time, the maximum grant amount for the teaching fund is $1,000, and funding decisions are normally made within two weeks of application, with funds being available for disbursement immediately thereafter.
Donate to the teaching fund.
Fund for Assistance to Overseas Philosophers
The fund for assistance to overseas philosophers, established in 1987, provides support to philosophers residing in countries in which currency restrictions or other economic conditions present severe difficulties to membership in overseas professional organizations or participation in overseas scholarly meetings. Two kinds of support will be offered through the fund: complimentary membership and limited travel assistance for philosophers participating in the program of an APA divisional meeting. Philosophers residing in the US and Canada are ineligible for support from this fund.
Requests for complimentary membership via this fund should be submitted by the potential member to Executive Director Amy Ferrer. Requests should include a brief statement summarizing the economic restrictions or conditions creating difficulties for the applicant.
2015-2016 Diversity and Inclusiveness Funding
In keeping with its mission and goals and the association’s longstanding commitment to addressing philosophy’s serious lack of demographic diversity, the APA will make available up to $20,000 in fiscal year 2016 to fund projects aiming to increase the presence and participation of women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBT people, people with disabilities, people of low socioeconomic status, and other underrepresented groups in philosophy.
The board wishes to express its particular interest in supporting programs that explicitly address more than one type of diversity (e.g., gender and race/ethnicity).
Proposals totaling approximately $10,000 or $20,000 are strongly preferred, as the board of the association anticipates funding either one $20,000 project or two $10,000 projects. Proposals for $20,000 projects are encouraged to include an alternate project description and budget at the $10,000 level.
Proposals for both one-time and multi-year grants will be accepted, though one-year proposals are preferred. No proposal will be funded for longer than three years at a time.
The board of officers will review proposals and make funding decisions in November 2015, so we recommend proposed projects commence no earlier than January 1, 2016. Funding will be disbursed in the first half of calendar year 2016.
For further details, see the full request for proposals (PDF).
Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals using our standard application.
Only members may submit a grant proposal; please sign in to access the submission form.
To submit a diversity grant proposal, fill out the diversity grant proposal submission form.
Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
From time to time, the APA provides additional grants to programs and initiatives, either by individual application or in response to a request for proposals (RFP), such as the 2015-2016 diversity and inclusiveness RFP. Such grants are often larger than those funded through the small grant fund or the donor funds, and as a result are subject to more scrutiny. Projects funded in this manner have included Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI) and the Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy.
The board of officers reviews such funding requests at its fall meeting each year. In order to be considered at the fall meeting, a proposal must be submitted to the executive director by email (as a single PDF file) no later than the prior September 30. All proposals must include the following:
- Project name
- Primary contact name (must be an APA member) and contact information
- Project description
- Project goals and timeline
- Total project budget
- Total amount requested from the APA (including duration of funding, if more than one year)
- Total amount requested and received from other funding sources
- Evidence that the project coordinators are actively seeking alternate sources for future funding
- Accessibility Plan
- Evaluation plan
For more information on these grants, contact Executive Director Amy Ferrer.
Please note that, as a service to future applicants, successful proposals will be made public.
The following policies apply to all APA grants.
Preference for Seed Funding
The APA has long preferred providing short-term funding to help new and innovative projects get off the ground rather than long-term, repeat, or sustaining funding for established projects. Further, the APA does not have the financial resources to provide long-term or indefinite funding, no matter how valuable the program. As such, it is the policy of the board of officers that, in reviewing funding requests, there will be a strong preference for funding pilot projects rather than established ones. Further, no project will be funded for longer than three years at a time.
Any project or program funded by the APA must submit an annual report to the board of officers for each year in which it received funding. This report must detail what the APA’s funds supported and evaluate the program’s progress toward its goals in the preceding year. This evaluation should be based on the evaluation plan detailed in the original proposal.
No proposals will be considered for future funding unless these required evaluation reports have been received. Further, no funding proposals will be considered from any member whose past funded proposals have not submitted the required reports.
Please note that all grant reports will be made public.
All programs receiving funding from the APA must include recognition of that funding in publicity materials for that program. For more information see the APA's Grant Publicity Guidelines.
Administrative Cost Policy
The American Philosophical Association is not a federal agency. Accordingly, no grants awarded by the American Philosophical Association shall be subject to facilities and administrative costs. See the full administrative cost policy.