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Center for Student Involvement & Leadership (CSIL)

Distinguished Lecture Fund

The Distinguished Lecture Committee seeks to promote appearances by nationally and internationally known speakers who focus on the timely discussion of regional, national, and global issues in a variety of fields. Through the Distinguished Lecture Fund, the committee supports academic and other departments that wish to bring to the MTSU campus individuals who represent a recognized level of expertise in their respective fields. The programs sponsored will represent a balance of topics pertinent to the student population of MTSU, and should be designed to elevate the campus dialogue on important current events. Preference will be given to funding the appearance of well-known speakers who can bring educational excellence to our campus. Speakers may include authors, lecturers, politicians, and other relevant individuals. These programs should generally be open to students, faculty, staff, and community members without charge.

Preference for support will be given to those applications that demonstrate collaboration between multiple departments or colleges; inclusion of attendance at the lecture and integration of the speaker’s content as a course requirement for one or more classes; and evidence of popular appeal and availability for a variety of audiences. Funding is limited each year, and all proposals may not be funded.

The committee will meet after the deadline to review all applications for the following semester. There will be a deadline each semester for applications and it will be posted on the website.

Important Forms

Distinguished Lecture Fund Dates and Deadlines

Student Activity Fee Applications are available 3 times per year. You may only request funds in the semester in which the program/event takes place. All applications must be typed and submitted by the deadline in order to be considered for funding.

Fall Applications AvailableMarch 8, 2024
Fall Applications DueApril 12, 2024
Spring Applications AvailableOctober 1, 2024
Spring Applications DueNovember 15, 2024

Distinguished Lecture Fund Reimbursement Deadlines

Distinguished Lecture Funds are by reimbursement only.  The funds are only good for the semester in which they are awarded.  All reimbursements must be submitted by the deadline of each semester in order to guarantee reimbursement. All receipts should be uploaded into the Distinguished Lecture Fund Reimbursement Request form.

Fall 2025 Reimbursement DeadlineJanuary 10 , 2025
Spring 2024 Reimbursement DeadlineMay 31, 2024

The Fall 2024 deadline is April 12, 2024.

The Spring 2024 deadline is November 15, 2023.

Interested individuals may complete the online Application for Distinguished Lecture Fund.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Jackie Victory at or 898-5812.

Center for Student Involvement & Leadership

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