AEN is now accepting applications for micro-grants for the 2020-21 academic year!

Micro-grants are available to AEN members in amounts of up to $4,000 during the 2020-21 academic year. Grants are aimed to support AEN members who wish to develop educational or professional development initiatives for their campus that further AEN’s mission. Initiatives may be aimed at exploring relevant topics in Israeli history, society, and culture; critically assessing BDS claims and arguments; discussing issues related to campus free speech and academic freedom; and educating about contemporary forms and expressions of antisemitism. For example, AEN members have used micro-grants to organize symposia on contemporary Israel, bring prominent speakers on academic freedom and free speech to campus, develop coursework on Zionism and Israel, subvent publications on BDS and anti-Zionism in the academy, and host relevant film festivals and lecture series.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, micro-grant funds may not be used in connection with any in-person activity, event or gathering, until further notice.

Instead, grants may be used toward:

  • Hosting virtual speakers, panels, conferences, and performances;
  • Professional development activities, such as developing online courses or seminars for students or fellow faculty;
  • Promoting scholarly or research exchanges with Israeli faculty and institutions (that avoid duplication with currently existing programs);
  • Selective subventions to assist publication of academic work relevant to AEN’s mission; and
  • The purchase of books, journal subscriptions, software, and/or other materials to assist with relevant research and writing projects

We will be pleased to work with members, at their request, to develop relevant programming.

If you are interested in applying for a micro-grant, please fill out the application below with as much specific information about your initiative as possible (target date, desired invitees, etc.). What are you attempting to accomplish, and how does that align with AEN’s mission?

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. All AEN members are welcome to apply for micro-grants, although priority will be given to those who have not previously applied. While grant awards will be made to AEN members, disbursement of funds should be arranged through a university department or program.

Each AEN member receiving support is required subsequently to submit a brief one-page final report 1) narrating the activities supported, 2) describing how the grant funds were used, and 3) evaluating the outcomes or achievements the initiative created, including its impact on students and faculty. Failure to do so will bar future micro-grant support.

For questions regarding the micro-grants program, please contact AEN Executive Director Miriam Elman.


Microgrants Application

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