Schoff publication 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.

  • Some or all of the publication was influenced by participation in a University Seminar; a portion of the work was presented and discussed at a University Seminar, and that discussion affected the book.


The University Seminars’ Schoff Committee considers the value of the book and its involvement with a seminar 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 will consider works by a seminar's rapporteur where the work was clearly influenced by participation in the seminar. 


The Committee can usually respond within a month. If funding is awarded, bills should be sent directly to The University Seminars as invoices. Reimbursements to the author 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 (editor)/(author) expresses appreciation to the Schoff Fund at the University Seminars at Columbia University for their help in publication.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 The 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 Vendors/Payment.

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