NCIS Grants - Submissions invited for Fall Cycle

Would you welcome funding to attend a conference, or to pay research-related expenses? If you’ve been a paid-up Full Member of NCIS for at least 18 months on 1 October (deadline for submissions for the Fall cycle) why not apply for an NCIS grant? Details of our Conference Support Grants and Research Grants can be found on this page. The deadline for the Fall cycle is 1159 EST on 1 October, and if you have any queries feel free to contact us on

Grant News

The Center for Independent Study (CIS) in New Haven has decided to disband after 40 years' service to the IS community. As part of the dissolution process, the CIS board decided unanimously to disburse remaining CIS funds (about $3,000) to NCIS in support of members' conference travel, conference registration fees, and library fees incurred to support members’ research. We are immensely grateful to CIS for their generous gesture, and delighted that we will be able to fund even more of our members.

These funds will be disbursed through our Conference Support Grants and Research Grants, and on July 23, 2017 the NCIS Board voted to add a third award cycle in the year, starting in 2018. This will allow us to support members attending summer conferences.

See below for details of how to apply for a Conference Support Grant or Research Grant.

Elizabeth Eisenstein Essay Prize

[Sponsored by NCIS and the family of Professor Eisenstein]

The Elizabeth Eisenstein Prize is awarded annually for the best academic journal article or book chapter published by a member of NCIS. The article must have been published in a peer reviewed journal or edited academic book within the last two years, and all authors must be memb​ers of NCIS, whether the authorship is single or multiple.

The prize brings the winner an honorarium of $350. Subject to the relevant permissions, the winning essay will be reprinted in The Independent Scholar.

The deadline for submissions is April 30, and NCIS members wishing to submit a published article for consideration should send a copy of the article to the Chairperson of the Awards Committee on as a PDF attachment to an email, to arrive by the stated deadline. An article may only be submitted once for the Eisenstein Prize.

The Eisenstein Prize was established in April 1993 and is named for Elizabeth Lewisohn Eisenstein (1923-2016), Professor of History at American University and the University of Michigan, and mother of Margaret DeLacy, one of NCIS’s founders, in recognition of Professor Eisenstein's long-standing support of NCIS.

NCIS Grants

NCIS Members are eligible to apply for Conference Support Grants and Research Grants, each offered twice a year.

To qualify for funding, an applicant must have been a paid-up Full Member (or preseident of an affiliate group) for a minimum of 18 consecutive months at the date of the grant award deadline. Associate members are not eligible for these grants.


  • October 1:      November Award
  • April 1:            May Award
Members will be reminded about these grants on about September 1st and March 1st each year, but applications are accepted throughout the year.

Grant award recipient announcements will be made around the November 1st and May 1st, respectively.

Let us know if you'd like to volunteer for the grant review panels held during October and/or April.

NB On July 23, 2017 the NCIS Board voted to add a third grant award cycle during the year, starting in 2018.

Members of grant review panels cannot apply for a grant, although if they do wish to apply they can do so, providing they stand down from the review panel for the relevant cycle.

Conference Support Grant

Research Grant

For more information about Conference Support or Research Grants please contact

NCIS Administered Grants

Dorbrecht Grants

Since October 2011 the Orphiflamme Foundation and the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund have provided funding for this program. Dorbrecht grants fund NCIS member research on Judaism, Yoga, and the intersections of these disciplines.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Paid-up Full Members and Associate Members are all eligible, and can apply as soon as they have been accepted for membership. 

Dorebrecht Grant

For more information contact

Do you require fiscal administration for a grant?

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