Funding Opportunities

Funding for conference attendance:

The Critical Theory Cluster provides limited conference funding (maximum of $300) to 3-4 graduate students each year who are reading papers at conferences in areas related to critical theory.

To apply, please send the following application information to criticaltheory@northwestern.edu :

  • Confirmation that your paper has been accepted & information about the conference (name, location, description)
  • Conference dates
  • Relevance to the Critical Theory Cluster
  • Importance to your research
  • Include a brief statement explaining your connection to the Critical Theory Cluster (such as courses taken, participation in the certificate, etc)

Applications are considered on a rolling basis by a sub-committee of the Critical Theory Cluster faculty advisory board. If your application is accepted, you will work with the Critical Theory Administrator on the reimbursement process. All receipts must be presented in order to be reimbursed for the amount of funding provided. Funding can be used toward conference flight and lodging accommodation; ground transportation; reasonable meals; printing materials for conference. 


Funding for reading groups:

The Critical Theory Cluster provides limited funding (maximum of $150 per group per year) to affiliated students who organize reading groups. The funding is available to help purchase reading materials (such as ordering copies, pdfs of books, eBooks, etc.). The cluster can fund up to 7 requests per year (subject to budgetary limits).

To apply, please fill out a funding application: Critical Theory Reading Group Funding Application and submit the application to the Critical Theory Administrator, criticaltheory@northwestern.edu 

Please note, requests must meet two conditions:

  • students participating in the reading group must be affiliated to the Critical Theory Cluster, and
  • the reading materials must have some connection with critical theory broadly construed.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis by a sub-committee of the Critical Theory Cluster faculty advisory board. If your application is accepted, you will work with the Critical Theory Administrator on the reimbursement process. All receipts must be presented in order to be reimbursed for the amount of funding provided.