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Retired Faculty Grants

A limited amount of funds has been made available by the Provost’s Office for the purpose of providing grants for projects undertaken by members of the Boston College Association of Retired Faculty. Grants will support travel and expenses for research, lectures, conferences, education, publishing, volunteer work, or other significant activities carried out directly by the applicant. Normally a grant will be from $100 to $1,000 per person. A committee appointed by the Executive Committee of the Boston College Association of Retired Faculty will review all applications and make the awards. Each April an announcement will be made calling for proposals for research projects for the following academic budgetary year (June 1-May 31). Projects should be designed to be completed at least by the end of the academic budgetary year following the year of the award. A brief report on the outcome of the funded effort should be prepared and submitted to the President of the Boston College Association of Retired Faculty.

Applications should include the following:

·  Cover sheet

·  Description of proposed project (two pages maximum)

·  Objectives for the proposed work and its significance

·  Relationship of proposed project objectives to your longer term goals

·  Relationship to other work by you or others

·  Proposed budget (one page maximum)

·  Summary CV

Criteria of selection:

The merit of the proposal as judged by the reviewers will be the primary criterion. In addition, priority will be given to proposals that will:

·  Assist retired faculty members to sustain or redirect their careers in the areas of research, education or service or to make significant progress on important projects

·  Likely produce significant results

·  Assist in bringing existing projects to a successful conclusion

·  Reflect favorably on the University and its community of retirees.

Timing of proposal and award:

Proposals should be submitted to the President of the Boston College Association of Retired Faculty no later than April 25. Awards will be announced by the middle of May. Address proposals to: President of BCARF, Paul Spagnoli (paul.spagnoli@bc.edu).  Expense Report Receipts should be retained and submitted, up to the amount of the grant, to: Center for Centers, Fiscal and Events Specialist, 10 Stone Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. Receipts should be submitted within 1 month of when the expense occurred, and in any event by April 15. In submitting expenses, original receipts (these must include boarding passes for air travel) and a BC expense form must be submitted:  see

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and select the “Non-BC Employee Form.”

Proposals Awarded for 2017-2018:


Rosemarie Bodenheimer for “Mendelssohn & Co.: An Invented Life.”


Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner for travel expenses for the 93rd annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, Emory University, March 2018.


Dwayne Eugene Carpenter for “Conversion to and from Judaism and Islam in Medieval Spain (with a Detour to Examine Accusations of Blasphemy in Late Medieval Polemical Texts).”


Jean Mooney for “Selection and Implementation of New Reading Curriculum for St. Columbkille Partnership School.”


Alec Peck for “Behavior Management Program for Orphans with Disabilities at Jamaica Mustard Seed.”


Dennis Taylor for travel expenses for the Modern Language Association Convention, New York, January 2018.