To propose a new seminar, please complete the form below.

Before you begin, please take a moment to look at the list of all University Seminars:
http://universityseminars.columbia.edu/seminars/list-of-seminars/

If there is another seminar already on the subject you are proposing, please address this in your letter. It is possible to have multiple seminars in a particular field as long as the approach or subject matter differs enough from the existing seminar to qualify as a new seminar.

All seminars must include participants from more than one department, and from outside Columbia.  Members (from Columbia), and associate members (from elsewhere), must have PhD’s or equivalent expertise. Some seminars admit selected graduate students as guests; some do not.

Before you begin, please review the following:

 University Seminars Conference Guidelines and Procedures

Download and complete the following required forms:

Conference Budget Worksheet
Conference Funding Agreement




Schoff subvention funds can be used for indexing, translating, technical editing, illustrating, or other publication costs of manuscripts or monographs produced under the auspices of The University Seminars in the fields of economics, sociology, psychology, penology, or the behavioral sciences which have already been approved for publication. Other funds are sometimes available in other fields, including the sciences.    


Before applying, the following two conditions must be met:


  • The book or article must be accepted by a peer-reviewed academic publisher. The alternatives of self-publication and print-on-demand publication need to be justified to the Committee and may be recommended for consideration as an exceptional case by the Advisory Board.

  • Production of the publication was under the auspices of a University Seminar: meaning at least a part of it was presented and discussed at a University Seminar, and that discussion has influenced the book.


The University Seminars’ Schoff Committee considers the value of the book and the reasonableness of the budget numbers in comparison with other requests. Funding requests are subject to the following priorities:


  • Books produced entirely as a University Seminar's project, e.g., a conference or symposium.   

  • Monographs by regular University Seminar participants, including chairs and co-chairs, of which some part was presented and discussed at a University Seminar meeting.       

  • Monographs including materials presented and discussed by a speaker at a University Seminar meeting.


The Committee can usually respond within a month. If funding is awarded, bills should be sent directly to The University Seminars as invoices. Reimbursements are often impossible.


Upon publication, the University Seminars requests the following:


1.) Acknowledgement

Please acknowledge the Schoff Fund at the University Seminars in either of these forms or with similar wording:

  • “The (editor)/(author) expresses appreciation to the Schoff Fund at the University Seminars at Columbia University for their help in publication. Material in this work was presented to the University Seminar: ["NAME OF SEMINAR.”]

  • The ideas presented have benefited from discussions in the University Seminar on ["NAME OF SEMINAR.”]


2.) Archival Copies

Please send two complimentary copies of the final publication to University Seminars for archival purposes. We suggest you include this in your agreement with the publisher.


Upon acceptance, please review the University Seminars guidelines for Payment.