Faculty Awards

The Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund

The Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund supports faculty in organizing on-campus conferences, workshops, and seminar series on international topics in their fields of interest. Preference will be given to focused workshops on topics directly related to the current research interests of the convening faculty member. Please note that several considerations have been made due to the COVID-19 outbreak, details for which follow below. Should conditions affect the 21-22 award cycle on-campus, we will let recipients know. 

Kempf funds are decided during the Spring term for activities to be held during the following academic year. Please look ahead and plan adequately for 2021-2022 so that the full range of requests can be thoroughly evaluated.

The maximum amount that can be awarded is $18,000. 

In recent years, the MacMillan Center has received requests for funding from the Kempf Fund for approximately twice the amount of funds that the Kempf endowment generates each year. Given that most applications we receive are excellent, that unfortunately leaves us unable to fund all the meritorious proposals we receive. Priority will be given to those who have not been funded recently, and to those whose proposals seem especially timely and pressing for our faculty’s scholarship. We encourage a mix of disciplines and perspectives, especially interdisciplinary and inter-area work.

Note: If you have received Kempf funds in the last cycle, your chances of receiving funding will be lower this time around. Furthermore, apply only if you are sure you will be able to execute your event in the next year. Do not apply if you plan on being on leave or sabbatical. We hold the competition every year, so you can always apply next year.

Requests for Kempf funding for activities to be held during the 2021-2022 academic year should be made no later than March 16, 2021.  Email any questions to macmillan.communications@yale.edu.

Please complete the application through the online portal here.

Kempf Fund Guidelines for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

1) Kempf funds may be used for international conferences, workshops, colloquia, and seminar series held at Yale, more specifically “all necessary expenses of selecting and inviting speakers, paying stipends, transportation and maintenance, and arranging, announcing and conducting of such conferences and publishing their papers and essential proceedings.” Kempf funds may not be used to support off-campus events or travel to such events.

2) It is advisable but not required that you submit your proposal in cooperation with a Council, Committee or Program of The MacMillan Center, in which case you should include their letter of support. The MacMillan Center will also consider proposals that are not strictly tied to one MacMillan Center unit. The MacMillan Center will not consider proposals primarily from students who are organizing an event with some degree of faculty support.

3) If you do not receive the full amount of your request from the MacMillan Center-allocated Kempf funds, please do not approach the Provost’s Office for additional funds.  On the other hand, both the MacMillan Center and the Provost’s Office urge you to supplement your Kempf application with other funds, including funds from outside Yale.

4) If you are awarded Kempf funds, it is your responsibility to monitor the expenditure of the funds, and you alone are responsible for over-expenditures. Kempf funds that you are awarded but do not use due to change of plans, overfunding, etc., will revert to the MacMillan Center. If you are awarded Kempf funds, your award letter will provide information concerning the appropriate acknowledgements, publicity, accounting, etc. All questions regarding the monitoring and finances of your award should be submitted to the MacMillan Center’s Business Office at macmillan.finance@yale.edu.

COVID-19 Considerations: 

In light of continuing Covid-19 related restrictions both on and off campus, the MacMillan Center is allowing Kempf Fund recipients from academic year 2019-20, and academic year 2020-21 to extend the use of these funds into academic year 2021-22. If you have not done so already but would like to request the deferment of your existing Kempf award—approval is not automatic– please fill out this form. 

Funds that have already been used cannot be replenished, so any arrangements made in advance should be refundable when possible.

If you applied for the 2020-21 academic year, and deferred in anticipation of disruptions due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you need not resubmit all your materials, but please note this in question 7 with your proposed timeline.