The Mind Association offers two kinds of grant to support those wishing to organize philosophy conferences in the UK and Ireland:
- Major Conference Grants: £2000 maximum typically for large multi-day events.
- Minor Conference Grants: £600 maximum, typically for smaller one-day events.
Applications are assessed in two competitive funding rounds per year. Final decisions on funding are made at the April/May and the November meetings of the Mind Exec. The deadlines for applications are March 1 (for the April/ May meeting) and October 1 (for the November meeting).
Early applications will be welcomed. Late applications will be rejected. Ex post facto applications after the award decision date will be rejected. All grant awards are conditional on the presentation of satisfactory conference reports and accounts.
Prudent use of conference-grant funds is encouraged, as it enables the Mind Association to fund more events in total. We expect organisers not to claim more of the award than they actually need, and ask that they return to us any funds that turn out to be surplus.
Funds to cover costs relating to delegates with disabilities
The sums specified above are not inclusive of any funds required to cover costs relating specifically to access to the conference for delegates with disabilities. Conference grant applicants should specify any such costs in their budget, and include in their application a clear special request for any monies needed for this purpose.
Association policy on the award of grants
- The Association only funds conferences that are open to all.
- Conference grants are normally awarded only for conferences held in the British Isles.
- The Association will only fund conferences that are thematically coherent and philosophically innovative.
- The Association funds interdisciplinary conferences, but only if they have a suitably substantial philosophical element.
- For any given Department or Institute that is due to host more than one conference in contention for a Conference Grant (Major or Minor) in any given round, the total funds available will be capped at £3000.
- Grants are assessed on their merits in each round on a one-off basis. The Mind Association does not enter into long-term funding arrangements with any recurring conference series.
- Repeater (e.g. annual) Major grant applications are capped at £1000.
- When putting the conference programme together, conference organizers should adhere to the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme and the BPA/SWIP Guidelines for Accessible Conferences, and should also use the relevant part of the application form to explain in detail how they have done so.
- When putting the conference programme together, conference organizers should ensure that early career researchers (i.e. those below the level of senior lecturer) are prominently represented.