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Elizabeth D. Rockwell Conference Funding Program

The Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center on Ethics and Leadership at the Hobby School of Public Affairs will award $25,000 annually for a UH faculty member, a group of faculty members, or a department or college to organize a conference on some area of ethics and leadership. Preference will be given to proposals for conferences that are likely to yield articles or book publications, such as an edited book based on the conference or several articles by UH faculty members.

Applications for the EDR Conference Program will open in the spring of 2021 for awards during the 2021-22 academic year, including the summer of 2022. Applications should be submitted as one pdf to the EDR Center email address. Please write in the subject line EDR Conference Program application. Application materials should include: 1) A description of the conference theme and explanation of its importance (no more than 1,000 words); 2) The CVs of the main organizers of the conference; 3) A list of proposed participants with email verification of their preliminary interest to participate in the conference; 4) A budget including projected costs of travel, hotels, food, and honoraria or other costs (the Rockwell administrative assistant can help with these estimates); 5) The proposed dates of the conference, a rough preliminary schedule of conference events, and a statement of whether the event will be open to students, other faculty, staff, and/or community members; 6) Evidence of other funding if the budget exceeds $25,000.

Criteria for the award include 1) potential of the conference to contribute to our understanding of ethics or leadership in some field; 2) potential of the conference to increase national and international recognition of the University of Houston as a leader in ethics and leadership studies; 3) likelihood that the conference will result in some substantial publications; 4) a record of excellence by the conference organizers in an area related to the conference theme; 5) feasibility of conference.



For more information, please contact Daniel Engster at