Alpha Kappa Delta
      The International Sociology Honor Society      
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Initiation Speaker Grant

To apply for the initiation speaker grant, download the following:

Alpha Kappa Delta will provide funds to bring a speaker to your chapter's induction ceremony. This program is meant to support grants paid to these induction ceremony speakers, especially to offset travel costs.  

Alpha Kappa Delta will approve up to $500 per academic year upon approval of an application.

Please note the amount requested may not be what you are approved for as the amount available is prorated based on the number of eligible requests received in our office.

Funds are on a first come, first served basis.  There will be no prepayment of funds. 

  • Chapters must be active and in good standing with the Executive Office in order to receive funding.
  • Only Chapter Representatives who are Voting members of AKD are eligible to apply for student travel support.
    • Voting membership runs by calendar year (January through December). Only sociology faculty members may serve as Chapter Representatives.  
  • No more than $500.00 will be granted for support per academic year.
  • Applications must be reasonable. Funding levels depend on the plausibility of applications. Payment amounts depend on the accuracy and completeness of reports.
  • We cannot fund an employee from the applying institution.
An eligible Chapter Representative completes an Initiation Speaker Grant Application
  • The request should include the name of the event, the scope of the event, the speaker’s name, contributions, qualifications, and the amount requested, all emailed by the Chapter Representative.
    • The scope of the event (number of initiates, number of guests, and importance of the occasion)  and travel costs must justify the amount requested. 
  • The amount awarded will depend on the reasonableness of the request.
  • The completed request form must be received in the AKD Office by the listed deadline. 
Send request to with an appropriate subject heading (ex. Initiation Speaker Grant Request for Le Moyne College). Requests are reviewed in the order received and are first come, first served. Applications must be received in our office before the initiation ceremony.


Fall deadline: September 25, 2019
Winter deadline: January 31, 2020
Spring deadline: February 28, 2020

Remember that funds are limited and are based on a first come, first served basis.
Funds will not be available after the spring deadline.


The AKD Office will acknowledge requests in two ways. 
  1. The office staff will reply to the emailed request indicating receipt. 
  2. The Executive Director will send an email to the Chapter Representative approving or denying an award of grant support no later than one week after the deadline.
    • If the request is approved, an AKD Initiation Speaker Grant Payment Voucher will be attached.