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CES Workshop Fund

To help support regional meetings, working groups, side events at the meetings of other scientific societies, and other activities, CES invites applications from members (student members are particularly encouraged) for workshop funding. Up to USD$1,000 will be awarded for each of two application periods—7 May 2021 and 29 October 2021 (application forms are available here).

Applications will be independently judged by two members of the Executive Committee (Juliet Dunstone and Patricia Izar) as well as by the two heads of the Workshop Committee--Monique Borgerhoff Mulder <[email protected]> and Carol Ember  <[email protected]>. Should you have specific questions about the application process, please address them to Borgerhoff Mulder and Ember. 

The main criteria considered for funding are: 

1) Whether the purpose of the proposed  event is consistent with the aims of the CES. For example, events should aim to encourage the dissemination of research findings, to provide networking or training opportunities between members, or to bring cultural evolutionary research to wider or new audiences through research-based engagement activities; 

2) The workshop or event would not be able to take place without the CES’s support. Accordingly, funding would normally be allocated to new or stand-alone events that take place outside of existing meetings (including that of CES). Symposia or panels within existing meetings will not be eligible for funding;

3) Whether the workshop or event follows the principles of diversity and inclusion that are central to CES.

For more budget information, click here.

To help equalize the chances of junior and/or underrepresented applicants in receiving funding we propose to have mentors from the Executive Committee available to help you craft your proposal. Please ask us to direct you to a mentor if you would like this assistance. Fiona Jordan and Kenny Smith have agreed to serve as mentors. 

Because of uncertainties regarding the organization of events during the pandemic we invite applicants to think creatively within the specified criteria, if infection is still a concern. Possibilities might include online workshops, collaborations, training or software development, with funds expended on meeting platforms, software purchases, honoraria, graduate student support associated with the event/workshop, open access publishing fees, etc. Be innovative! And if costs are kept low we can fund multiple proposals.

Applications should be made by a dues-paying member of the society on the application form below. Events with an organising committee should nominate a lead applicant to be the correspondent. The Executive Committee will allocate funding subject to available supporting funds in the Treasury. We will aim to notify applicants as rapidly as possible.

In 2021, the deadline for the first call will be Friday 7 May 17:00 UTC (12:00 EST). It is expected that the next deadline will be 29 October 2021. You can download the application form here.

Funding will be subject to the following conditions:

  • The maximum amount that can be requested per application will be $1000USD, but we envisage dividing this among two or more workshops/events per round, so lower budgets will be looked on favourably.

  • The event must be held between 3-12 months after the application deadline.

  • Funding will be limited to reimbursement of actual expenditure on items such as room hire, travelling expenses, promotion, printing of materials, refreshments. All costs must be itemised, and receipts obtained.

  • Any promotional or event literature, including websites, should mention the support of the CES, and include a link to the CES website

  • Events are subject to a Conference Code of Conduct. A customisable pro-forma is available on the CES website, and Executive members can advise.

  • Within one month of the event, organisers will provide a one-page report to the Executive Committee, via the Secretary. This will be disseminated to CES members via the monthly newsletter and website.


Please return the application form (including CVs) as a single PDF file to the CES Secretary ([email protected]) by 17:00 UTC on the relevant date. Please copy Monique Borgerhoff Mulder <[email protected]> and Carol Ember <[email protected]>