Procedures and Conditions Concerning CIPSH Subsidies to IAHR Meetings

(Adopted by the Executive Committee of the IAHR on August 12, 1999 in Brno, Czech Republic)

As a member of the Conseil international de la philosophie et des sciences humaines (CIPSH), the IAHR is entitled to apply for subsidies for two purposes: 1) expenses of meetings with scientific aims and 2) expenses incurred by the preparation or printing of publications. Subsidies are not granted for "individual work, for national projects, or for administrative purposes" (Conditions Governing the Granting of Subsidies by the CIPSH). Requests for subsidies are put forward on forms provided for the purpose by the general secretaries of the twelve member associations every two years.

CIPSH grants subsidies to three types of meetings with the following amounts as of 1997: 1) quinquennial international congresses of the major branches of study--$10,000, 2) quinquennial congresses of affiliated organizations--$5,000, and 3) triennial symposia (not more than 50 participants) or expert committee meetings (not more than 20 participants)--$4,000.

The most important condition set on subsidies for meetings is the following:

All the subsidies for international meetings are expressly intended to cover the travelling expenses of participants from economically under-privileged countries or countries far from the place of the meeting, and preferably of young scholars (Conditions...)

It is up to the officers of the recipient organizations to use the funds and to report back to CIPSH on their use. The IAHR procedure is that the treasurer and the secretary general decide, in consultation with others whenever necessary, who is to benefit from the subsidy. The treasurer takes care of the actual transactions and reports back to CIPSH. In most cases, the subsidies are insufficient, and, consequently, IAHR funds are also used to supplement the CIPSH subsidies in order to bring in one or two more persons.

The funds are used exclusively to cover ticket expenses. The general principle for determining beneficiaries of CIPSH subsidies to the IAHR is to bring in people who are key persons in the IAHR network. This means primarily members of the IAHR Executive Committee who live in countries with economic difficulties or who live very far away from the place of venue. The second group of persons that have priority are officers of IAHR affiliates, especially representatives of the International Committee of the IAHR which are usually the president and the secretary of each affiliate. Ensuring a broad participation by this latter group is essential to the democratic process of IAHR meetings. The third group of people that have priority are key persons in other respects such as potential contacts who might be willing to help establish IAHR affiliates or persons with relevant expertise in relation to a particular meeting.