SAAP Grant Program

Are you a graduate student seeking to present on American philosophy at non-SAAP conference? Or perhaps someone with ideas for how to advance SAAP's international awareness or outreach using research, or travel or some other project? Or perhaps you've got a project which might ameliorate some of the intellectual, philosophical, or cultural boundaries between SAAP and other groups?
If any of these things are true, take a look at the SAAP Grant Program page which specifies the kinds of activities which can apply for funding, as well as how to apply. That section is here: http://american-philosophy.org/about.htm#grants
For further information or submission of proposals should be submitted, contact Bill Myers, Treasurer, SAAP at Bill Myers

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About SAAP

On this page, you'll find the society's statement, links to the Society's History, Officers, Constitution and Bylaws, and a list of Grants, Awards and Prizes presented annually.

Society Officers

Click on the following link for a list of officers.

Society History

Here (PDF, download) is a history of SAAP written by Beth J. Singer, Professor Emerita of the Philosophy department of Brooklyn college, City University of New York.

Society Bylaws are here

Here are the Bylaws for SAAP (in .doc format)

Society Statement

The purposes of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy are:

  • To promote interest and research in the history of American Philosophy
  • To encourage original, creative work in the spirit of that tradition
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas on American Philosophy

Awards and Prizes at the Annual Conference

There are now six awards and prizes given at the annual SAAP meeting. A list of past winners is here.

• Herbert Schneider Award
This award recognizes a career-long achievement of "distinguished contributions to the understanding of American Philosophy."
Herbert Schneider Award Recipients (.doc file)
Douglas Greenlee Prize
This is awarded to the best paper presented at the annual meeting by either a graduate student or a person holding a Ph.D. for no more than five years. Eligible submitters should make explicit mention in their submission that they wish to be considered for the prize.
Ila and John Mellow Prize
This award recognizes excellence in advancing the American philosophical tradition toward the resolution of current personal, social and political problems. The Ila and John Mellow Prize of $250 is offered to the person whose paper is judged to be the best in:
-- developing the treasure house of methods and ideas beyond the stage they are found in the classical works of American philosophy, or
-- relating these ideas and methods to contemporary issues with a view to enhancing our understanding of current problems or our ability to resolve them.

The Prize is offered in the memory of Ila and John Mellow, parents of Shirley Mellow Lachs, whose sound common sense made them the embodiments of the practical philosophy of America, and is made possible through the generosity of John and Shirley Lachs.
• Joseph L. Blau Prize
This prize ($350) is offered to the author of the paper that makes the most significant contribution to the history of American Philosophy from colonial times to the recent present. The Blau Prize is made possible through the generosity of Professor Peter Hare.
• The Jane Addams Prize
The Jane Addams Prize recognizes excellence in feminist scholarship in American philosophy. It is awarded to the best paper presented at the annual meeting on issues in feminist thought as they occur in American philosophies, including their intersections with race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, (dis)ability and age, etc.The prize is open to panels as well as regular paper presentations. In order to be considered for the prize as a panel, please submit the complete papers of all the panelists.
• The Inter-American Philosophy Award
The Committee on Inter-American Relations will present the Inter-American Philosophy Award to the best submitted paper concerning Latin American, Latino/a, or indigenous philosophies across the Americas that is presented at the Annual Meeting. The Award includes a cash prize, and the winning paper will be published in The Inter-American Journal of Philosophy.

A list of past award winners can be found here: http://www.american-philosophy.org/prizes.htm

SAAP Grant Program

The Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Grant Program

Consistent with its mission and contingent upon available funding, the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (SAAP) announces a grant giving program whose general purpose is to fund the expansion of SAAP into broader areas while yet maintaining the community values that have long characterized the society. This program seeks to reward creativity, especially those who can work towards bringing together people from different perspectives. We are striving for genuine pluralism, one that goes beyond lip service. We are, in a manner of speaking, looking to maintain our one while welcoming the many.

More specifically, we are inviting proposals of three sorts:

  1. Projects that will internationalize the society. This may includes grants for research, for travel, or for any type of project that either carries American philosophy to international perspectives, or brings international perspectives to American philosophy.
  2. Projects that will cross boundaries and that in general will lessen the natural insularity that is common to groups such as ours. These grants are intended to promote pluralism “on the home front.”
  3. Projects that support graduate student research in American philosophy. Graduate students are welcome to apply for funds, for example, to present papers on American philosophy at other conferences.

Depending upon the scope of the proposed project, these grants could serve as a good source for seed money to seek further funding.

Grant seekers need not be members of SAAP, though the grant itself must be one that is in accordance with our general mission of advancing American philosophy. Though it would certainly be preferred, it is not required that the grant recipient participate in our annual meeting. We do require, however, that upon the completion of the grant project, a report will be submitted to the SAAP Board of Directors.

All proposals for funding must include:

  1. A detailed description of the event or program with specific emphasis on its ability to not only advance American philosophy, but to do so in a manner consistent with the stated goals of this program. This should include description of how the event or program will have significance and impact that lasts beyond the event or program itself.
  2. A complete budget, including all projected expenses and all projected revenues and their sources.
  3. An explanation of how the results of the project will be reported to SAAP’s Board of Directors. This may be a simple written report, a finished product, or a session at the annual meeting.
Preference will be given to grant seekers who have either already been granted other funds, or will be seeking other funds (i.e., using the SAAP grant as seed money.) SAAP does not expect to be the sole source of funding.

Grants will typically range from $500 to $1000, though those amounts could vary depending upon the nature of the proposal. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the President of SAAP in consultation with the Society’s Board of Directors. The Society’s Treasurer serves as an ex officio member of that committee.

These grants are made possible through the proceeds of the Herbert W. Schneider and the Peter H. Hare Endowment Funds.
Proposals should be submitted via email to Bill Myers, Treasurer, SAAP at bmyers@bsc.edu.

SAAP Graduate Student Travel Grants

The Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy gladly supports travel expenses for graduate students who get selected for the program for our annual meeting. The following PDF document has an explanation and application form which can be sent to Bill Myers, Membership Director.

SAAP Application for Graduate Student Travel Grant.rtf (.RTF file)

How To Make A Request For SAAP Co-Sponsorship Of Other Events In American Philosophy

Consistent with its mission and contingent upon its available resources, SAAP seeks to co-sponsor programs and events that advance American philosophy. Toward that end, SAAP accepts proposals from its members in good standing. Proposals should be directed via e-mail to Bill Myers, Treasurer, SAAP, at bmyers@bsc.edu and will be evaluated in a timely manner by SAAP’s Grant Committee.

All proposals must include:

  1. A detailed description of the event or program with specific emphasis on its ability to advance American philosophy. This should include description of how the event or program will have significance and impact that lasts beyond the event or program itself.
  2. A complete budget, including all projected expenses and all projected revenues and their sources.
  3. An explanation of how the members of SAAP can and will be involved in the planning of the event or program, and how members of SAAP can participate in the event or program itself.

Please note: The amount of award is dependent upon the availability of funds. Generally, awards for co-sponsorship are limited to $2000. Larger grants will be considered for extraordinary opportunities, contingent, of course, on the availability of funds.

Past Awards:

$2000 for the 2007 Royce/James Conference at Harvard

$500 for graduate student presenters at the Royce/James Conference

$300 for this fall’s William James Graduate student Conference at Yale in honor of John E. Smith

$500 for the 2007 Summer Institute in American Philosophy