In addition to recognizing the achievements of our most outstanding students, Colby’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is committed to promoting scholarly activity and strengthening the intellectual atmosphere of the College. We invite all eligible* students and faculty to participate in the funding programs and events listed below.

Support for invited lecturers

Colby’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa seeks proposals from chairs and directors for funding to support department/program-sponsored lectures.  Up to $500 in funds per event can be awarded and used for travel and accommodation costs, as well as modest honoraria, for visiting lecturers. Please submit a one-page proposal to the chapter’s Executive Committee at pbk@colby.edu that includes the following: (A) a description of the lecturer’s credentials and a proposed schedule for the visit, and (B) a brief narrative on the ways in which this visit would strengthen the intellectual mission of your department/program and that of the College. Departments and programs receiving these awards will be expected to acknowledge Colby’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter as a cosponsor in all advertisements and signage for the supported lecture. Proposals may be submitted at any time. Awards will be made at the discretion of the chapter officers and Executive Committee. Up to $2,000 can be awarded annually for sponsored lectures. Please e-mail chapter president Travis Reynolds with any questions.

Support for student scholarly work

Colby’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa seeks proposals from students engaged in faculty-mentored scholarly endeavors to support research activities including travel for off-campus activities necessary for the scholarly work or to professional meetings at which scholarship is presented. Up to $500 in funds per student per academic year can be awarded and used for research-related costs including travel and/or conference registration. These funds may not be used for scholarly work carried out as part of a course. Students are invited to submit a one-page proposal to the chapter’s Executive Committee at pbk@colby.edu that includes the following: (A) a brief narrative describing the scholarly work, the nature of the funding request (what research, travel, and conference costs are going to be incurred, and other sources of funding sought / obtained from other sources), and the ways in which this endeavor would strengthen the scholarly goals of the project and the intellectual climate of the College, and (B) an itemized list of the expenses that this grant would cover. Recipients of these awards will be expected to acknowledge Colby’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter as a cosponsor in all presentations and publications that result from the work described. Proposals may be submitted at any time. Awards will be made at the discretion of the chapter officers and Executive Committee. Up to $2,000 can be awarded annually for student travel. Please e-mail chapter president Travis Reynolds with any questions.

Colby Liberal Arts Symposium (CLAS) speech contest

Colby’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa sponsors an annual student speech contest as part of the Colby Liberal Arts Symposium (CLAS). Contestants deliver brief speeches addressing a topic selected by chapter officers. All Colby students are eligible to participate in this contest, the winner of which receives a $500 prize. First and second runners-up receive $300 and $100 prizes, respectively. Please have a look at the 2016 CLAS / Phi Beta Kappa speech contest here.

* Membership in Phi Beta Kappa is not an eligibility requirement for these programs.