Reading Group Support

ISS supports reading groups in order to encourage and allow faculty and graduate students to assemble on a regular basis to discuss various thematic and interdisciplinary areas of interest. Topics should be related to the social sciences, but participation of faculty and students from academic disciplines outside the social sciences is welcomed and encouraged. Submissions for 2018-19 will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 21, 2018.


We offer up to $500 per reading group, which can be spent over any number of quarters during the year. For instance, a reading group could meet every week during one quarter, or the funding could be spread out over the course of the academic year. Any funds not expended by June 15, 2019, will be returned to ISS to fund future groups. 

We will create a page for each funded group at the ISS website, containing contact information and a brief description of the group's proposed activities.

Funding may be used to support visiting speakers, light refreshments, and/or other needs that further the academic goals of the group. No alcohol may be purchased with these funds.

Any faculty member or graduate student may apply. Graduate student applicants must identify a faculty sponsor, as we will be transferring the funding to that faculty member’s home department.

If you have questions about this funding opportunity, please email Vicky Austin, Assistant Director of ISS, at, or call 752-1751.

Submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 21, 2018. Notifications for funding will be issued in June.