In general the Joseph L. Peyser Endowment should not be regarded as a source of exclusive or first resort, but as a supplement to other support sources available in the university. At a minimum these sources should include, where appropriate: Faculty Research and Creative Activities Support Fund (FRACASF), Faculty Research Travel Fund, and New Faculty Research Support Fund, Graduate College Research and Travel Fund, Graduate College Dissertation Fellowship and other similar resources. The committee may also stipulate application to other sources including the Visiting Scholars and Artist program, other endowments and designated funds available to WMU faculty and graduate students.
Prior application to certain sources, and/or arrangements matching endowment funds with funds from other sources, may be required by the committee. Matching funds from external sources also may be required in cases of very large projects. In the case of applicants from outside of WMU, as provided for in Section A.1-3, funds available at the home institution of the applicant, or funds available from other federal, state, or local agencies should be considered. Obtaining matching funds is not necessarily, however, a required condition of support from the Endowment.
Application deadlines are October 15 and March 15 of each academic semester.
Subject to guidelines listed below, the endowment committee will assist faculty who participate in programs of professional associations as well as specialized conferences and seminars. Maximum grant: $1,000.
In conjunction with other university sources, notably the Faculty Research Travel Fund, the Joseph L. Peyser Endowment may support travel for up to two authorized conferences per academic year.
Support will be given to individuals who offer papers, presentations or substantial commentary, copies of which are to be presented at the time of claim for compensation.
Support also may be given to officers of national professional organizations whose focus meets the definitions outlined in section A.1-5. Officers should inform the committee about their responsibilities and of the potential for funding from the sponsoring organization. Budgetary factors also may influence these decisions.
Support is limited to three days in North America (including the Caribbean Islands), five days of travel beyond North America. Exceptions for the purpose of saving money are possible.
For those meetings that are covered, support will include basic registration fees.
Support will be granted for only the first presentation of a paper or other form of historical information.
All travel must be conducted in accordance with department, College and University regulations and reimbursement rates are those set by WMU.
Unless explicitly prohibited by a publisher, all publications, papers and written commentaries resulting from activities partly or fully supported by the endowment fund must include clearly visible acknowledgment of the Joseph L. Peyser Endowment for the Study of New France support.
Small grants are available for a variety of purposes associated with faculty research and publication, such as manuscript preparation and photocopying, inter-library loan charges, and partial support of travel to collections, etc. Minigrants are available only for research and publication purposes. Applicants are limited to one minigrant per year. Maximum grant: $1000.
Non-WMU faculty applying for support to consult the French Michilmackinac Research Collection at WMU Regional Archives can apply under this category.
Application for all but grants to travel to research collections should be made to the committee chair in the form of a letter describing the intended purpose and estimated expenses. Retroactive requests will not be honored.
Applications for travel to collections to conduct research must follow the guidelines in Appendix A.
Grants are available for research projects. They may be used for the same range of purposes supported by Faculty Research and Creative Activities Support Fund (FRACASF), and cover expenses clearly necessary for the stated research project. Funds may not be used to support the physical archaeology of sites. Maximum grant: $2,500.
Procedures for preparing and administering research grant budgets are the same as for FRACASF grants, adjusted to the special circumstances of the endowment fund. See Appendix A for appropriate proposal guidelines.
Applications involving buy-outs of assigned instructional time must be submitted by December 1 for the following academic year. In the interest of maximizing utilization of other funds available to departments, budgets should be developed in consultation with the appropriate department chair. The endowment committee encourages the use of graduate assistants in conducting research. As is the case with grants from any source, the department is not expected to absorb overhead or indirect costs associated with grant activity.
Prior, or concurrent, application to FRACASF or other funding agencies is routinely assumed by the endowment committee; failure to do so will require explanation acceptable to the committee. Unsuccessful application to other agencies does not necessarily mean denial by the Joseph L. Peyser Endowment Committee.
Within one calendar year of a research grant award, the recipient must submit to the endowment committee a written report on the status of the research. Unless expressly prohibited by a publisher, all publication resulting from endowment support must include a clearly visible statement recognizing the Joseph L. Peyser Endowment for the Study of New France.
The endowment committee evaluates research grant proposals according to the following criteria:
In exceptional cases, the committee considers proposals to acquire research collections for specific projects. Such materials become the property of University Libraries. These may include microform collections, specialized serials, databases, rare books and manuscripts. Maximum Grant: $1,000.
The committee consults closely with the Dean of Libraries or the Dean’s designated representative in evaluating proposals.
Proposals normally are expected to include arrangements for support sharing with other sources.
The endowment should be approached for research materials only, and in exceptional cases after other avenues have been exhausted.
The endowment will support professional historical work by graduate students under the same terms and conditions noted above for faculty.
Non-WMU graduate students applying for support to consult the French Michilmackinac Research Collection at WMU Regional Archives can apply under the Mini-grant category. See Faculty Grants above, under the Mini-Grants sub heading.
When resources permit, the endowment may support a graduate fellowship for a graduate student. The fellowship will be known as the Joseph L. Peyser Fellowship for the Study of New France and must be for work on New France as outlined in Section A.
The fellowship will be in the amount, and under terms and conditions, normally used by WMU in its fellowships for either M.A. or Ph.D. students.
The fellowship may be used to allow a student time to complete research and/or write his or her Masters thesis or Ph.D. dissertation without requiring any work from the student.
Appropriate departments may notify students of the endowment’s fellowship, but students must apply in writing for the fellowship. Application materials will include a cv., transcripts, samples of written work, letters of support from faculty familiar with the student’s work, and proposal for the work to be undertaken should the fellowship be awarded. The latter should be similar to the proposal format outlined in Appendix A below.
Grants are also available to support New France-related conferences or educational initiatives conducted either by WMU faculty and students or by community historical associations or other not-for-profit organizations working in affiliation with WMU. Maximum grant: $2,500.
Prior, or concurrent, application to other funding agencies is routinely assumed by the endowment committee; failure to do so will require explanation acceptable to the committee. Unsuccessful application to other agencies does not necessarily mean denial by the Joseph L. Peyser Endowment Committee.
Within one calendar year of a grant award, the recipient must submit
to the endowment committee a written report on the status of the
conference. Conference publicity, etc., must include a clearly visible
statement recognizing support from The Joseph L. Peyser Endowment for
the Study of New France.
The endowment committee evaluates conference/educational initiatives grant proposals according to the following criteria:
The Endowment will support the costs associated with bringing a distinguished scholar to WMU to lecture to students and/or the public. Maximum grant: $1,000.
When resources allow, the endowment will support fellowships for visiting scholars and lecturers. The duration of such fellowships may vary and shall be known as the Joseph L. Peyser Visiting Scholar Fellowships.
Proposals for visiting scholars must be developed in consultation with the appropriate department chair and submitted by the chair to the endowment committee. These proposals are expected to carry major outside commitments, such as Fulbright exchanges, sabbatical funding from other institutions, strong financial support from the university, etc.
For more information contact:
Chair, Joseph L. Peyser Endowment Committee
Department of History , 4301 Friedman Hall
Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5334