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Elizabeth D. Rockwell Manuscript Symposium Award

The Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center on Ethics and Leadership at the Hobby School of Public Affairs will award up to $5000 to UH faculty members who wish to bring to campus scholars from other universities to comment on book manuscripts or article series that they are preparing for publication on ethics or leadership. The visiting scholars should deliver their commentary on the UH faculty members’ research in a public colloquium open to the public. Up to $2000 will be awarded for virtual colloquia. Funds can be used for honoraria, travel, food, and room reservations. The number of awards offered each year will depend on the EDR Center budget and the number and quality of proposals.

The deadline for applying for spring or summer 2022 colloquia is February 1, 2022. Applications should be submitted as one pdf to the EDR Center email address: Please write in the subject line EDR Manuscript Preparation Award Application. Application materials should include: 1) The applicant’s CV; 2) A description (no more than 1,500 words) of the book or series of articles the faculty member is working on, including a description of what has been completed and what still needs to be done, likely venues for publication, and a timeline for completion; 3) The name of one or two scholars whom they would like to bring to UH to comment on their work and an explanation of these scholars’ expertise and why they have been chosen; 4) email evidence that the scholars would be willing to come to campus and comment on the faculty member’s work; 5) A budget for the colloquium, including travel expenses, honoraria (usually $1000 per commentator), room fees, food for attendees at the colloquium, and other costs; 6) The proposed dates of the colloquium, a rough preliminary schedule of the colloquium. 7) Evidence of addition funding if the budget exceeds $5,000.

Criteria for the award include: 1) potential of the proposed book or series of articles to contribute to our understanding of ethics or leadership in some field; 2) potential of the colloquium and resulting publications to increase national and international recognition of the University of Houston as a leader in ethics and leadership studies; 3) likelihood that the colloquium will result in research publications; 4) a record of research or teaching excellence by the applicant on the colloquium theme; 5) feasibility.




For more information, please contact Daniel Engster at