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A. Faculty Research and Travel Funds

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  1. Eligibility: All regular full-time faculty are eligible to apply for funding.
  2. Priority of Projects
    1. First priority - Projects of research, study, performance, exhibition, other scholarly and professional activities.
    2. Second priority - Subject matter conferences, curriculum study, and other programs of academic development of individual faculty members that are not classed specifically as projects of scholarly research.
  3. Types of Expenditures Eligible for Grant Support
    1. Wages for student research assistants.
    2. Research supplies and postage.
    3. Manuscript preparations and some publication costs.
    4. Travel at cheapest air or train rate, or automobile travel if less expensive; and limited per diem.
    5. Expenses for travel to and registration fees for subject matter conferences, i.e., conferences which are devoted to improving the teaching expertise or matters central to the major scholarly activities of the applicant.
    6. Honoraria for consultants necessary to the success of the proposed project.
    7. Equipment purchases. All such equipment is the property of Knox College.
  4. Limitations on Support
    1. Funds are not available for faculty salaries or stipends, for released time for faculty, or for salaries for replacement faculty.
    2. Research/study funds are not available for the costs of attending regular professional meetings.
    3. Faculty members on terminal contracts have last priority for academic-year support and are not eligible for summer grants.
    4. Faculty in the process of completing their dissertations may not receive grants for projects other than their dissertation. Proposals will be considered for support of dissertation research.
  5. Application Procedure
    1. Application forms and instructions on submission are available online. Applications submitted to the Dean of the College should include the following items:
      1. Statement of the problem to be investigated, the significance of such research, and the proposed methods of investigation and expected timing of completion.
      2. Budget showing the details of the expected expenditures in each category, e.g., number of trips, destination, mileage.
      3. Report of research supported by previous grants, if any.
    2. Application deadlines: Applications received by October 1 will be acted upon by October 20. Any applications received later will be acted upon as received if any unobligated funds remain.
  6. Payment Procedures
    Reimbursements will be authorized by the Dean upon submission of evidence of the cost incurred. Student wages are paid through the College's payroll.


All regular full-time faculty and those with at least half-time appointments are eligible to apply for funds for travel to professional meetings. Usually travel will be paid to not more than one meeting per year; if papers are accepted for presentation at more than one national meeting, travel may be requested for a second meeting. Funds are allocated among various claimants with the following priorities:

  1. Those giving scholarly papers.
  2. Those chairing sessions, participating in panels, or the equivalent.
  3. Those who did not receive travel support in the previous year.
  4. Other attendees.

Knox will pay transportation costs, i.e., round trip fare by the cheapest regular air or rail accommodation, or by private auto if less expensive than public transportation. If funds permit, travel to international conferences may be funded.

For those giving papers at a national or a major regional meeting, Knox will also pay a stipend of $500 toward other expenses. A copy of the paper to be presented and evidence of presentation should be submitted with the request for reimbursement, as well as receipts for expenses covered by the stipend.

Application forms and instructions on submission are available online.

All faculty who anticipate attending professional meetings during the year should apply by October 1. If special opportunities arise late in the year, a request may be submitted to the Dean. Application is made to the Dean of the College.

The new system of Conference Travel Allocations (CTAs) will operate as follows:

CTAs will have two funding levels:

$1000 for a fiscal year in which a faculty member is presenting a paper or participating in the formal conference proceedings (as defined below).

$400 for a fiscal year in which a faculty member is attending, but not presenting at, a conference.

Faculty participating in international conferences will be eligible for additional allocations based on the location of the conference. Amounts will be announced each April.

Faculty presenting a paper or participating in the formal conference proceedings would also be eligible to receive an additional allocation if they have not used any conference travel funds in the preceding fiscal year. Amounts will be announced each April.

The Committee on Faculty Research will create procedures to allow funding of extraordinary cases of faculty conference travel need that do not fit within the established allocations. Such cases may include opportunities for multiple conference presentations within a single fiscal year, international conferences, discipline-specific issues, and the particular needs of junior faculty, if start-up funds have been exhausted. Funding for these special circumstances will be awarded on a competitive basis.

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