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.
Donate to the fund for diversity and inclusiveness.
APA members may request a grant from this fund. At this time, the maximum grant amount from 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.
Fill out the request for funding form.
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.
Donate to the Berry fund.
APA members may request a grant from this fund. Grants from the Berry Fund are determined by the committee on public philosophy.
Fill out the request for funding form.
The teaching fund provides support for philosophy teaching initiatives and programs.
Donate to the teaching fund.
APA members may request a grant from this fund. 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.
Fill out the request for funding form.
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 considered: complimentary or discounted membership and limited travel assistance for philosophers participating in the program of an APA divisional meeting. Travel support is normally limited to a maximum of $500 per person. Philosophers residing in the US and Canada are ineligible for support from this fund. Funding decisions are made by the executive director together with the committee on international cooperation.
Requests for support 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.
2017–2018 Diversity and Inclusiveness Funding
The American Philosophical Association, in keeping with its mission and goals and the association’s longstanding commitment to addressing philosophy’s serious lack of demographic diversity, will make available up to $20,000 in fiscal year 2018 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.
As the APA operates primarily in the US and Canada, programs must have a clear application to diversity in a US/Canada context. 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.
The APA normally funds projects for only one year at a time, but welcomes applications for renewal funding in subsequent years.
The board of officers will review proposals and make funding decisions in November 2017, so proposed projects should commence no earlier than January 1, 2018. Funding will be disbursed in the first half of calendar year 2018.
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 [email protected].
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.
Policy on Other Grants
The APA designs its grant programs and RFPs based on the organization's current goals and objectives, and under normal circumstances, all requests for funding are to be submitted through one of the existing funding programs. From time to time, there may be projects that, due to exceptional circumstances or needs, warrant consideration outside of these existing funding programs. To inquire about this possibility, members should contact the executive director. The final determination as to whether a project warrants consideration outside of existing funding programs will be made by the chair of the board of officers.