Manuscript Review Program
The Oakley Center annually sponsors and organizes up to six one-day manuscript review sessions to provide specialized feedback to those faculty members in Divisions I and II who are preparing monographs or other similarly large academic works prior to submission for publication. Please note that this program is open to Williams faculty only and review sessions are granted by application only. For full details and applications instructions, please read the program guidelines.
The Oakley Center sponsors research seminars each year that involve a semester- or year-long commitment to convene regularly (8-10 meetings total) at the Oakley Center to engage with scholarship or creative work around a particular subject, and/or share work in progress. The number of participants typically ranges from five to ten. If circumstances are appropriate, however, it is possible to organize a year-long seminar that meets as many times but at less frequent intervals. The Center is open to hybrid proposals that combine discussion with the circulation of research papers by participants.
Seminar applicants should submit proposals to the Administrative Director. The deadline for receipt of seminar applications for fall 2021 is May 15; proposals for spring semester 2022 are due by October 15, 2021, or can be submitted by the May deadline. Each seminar should be proposed and managed by one or two organizer(s) and may include up to eight other participants. The organizer(s) may request a supplementary budget of up to $1800 to advance the goals of the seminar--e.g., by bringing to campus a scholar with relevant expertise for a lecture or workshop. (Although such seminar-related events may be held at the Oakley Center on a space-available basis, organizers are expected to manage their own budget and handle logistics themselves.) If the group plans activities that may overrun the $1800 supplemental funds, the organizer(s) may apply for additional funding once the initial budget has been spent. The deadlines for such requests are October 15 for fall seminars, and March 15 for spring and year-long seminars. This additional funding is not guaranteed, but every effort will be made to offer some assistance when the Center budget allows it.
Research Seminar proposals should be 1-2 pages in length and should describe the topic of the group and identify key questions, explain why the topic is important, address the means by which the group will investigate relevant theme(s), include a bibliography, and list some of the people who are most likely to attend. The proposal should also include a budget for supplementary funds and an explanation of how they will be used. At the conclusion of the seminar, a summary and evaluation will be submitted by the organizer(s) to the Center.
Please note: The Center places highest priority on Research Seminars that explore new methodologies or fields of study and which incorporate participants from a range of disciplines or areas of expertise. Proposals largely focused on curricular or pedagogical questions in established departments/programs will be accorded lower priority when ranking proposals.