Perry A. and Helen J. Bond Fund for Interdisciplinary Interaction

The purpose of this endowment fund is to promote interactions among Iowa faculty and students in areas of cross-departmental strength, and to support interdisciplinary events that draw scholars from other institutions to the UI campus, both as presenters and as audience.

CLAS faculty may apply for funds to support events and programs that are consistent with the Bond Fund's purposes. Such events may include conferences, performances, lecture series, symposia, workshops, or any combination thereof. Though CLAS faculty must be among the participants (as organizers, presenters, panelists, responders, or performers), the participation of other UI faculty is welcome and encouraged.

Awards from the Bond Fund have ranged from $200.00 to $5,000.00. View a list of recent awards.


Proposals for Bond Fund awards are submitted by the DEO to Becca Tritten (  Proposals are typically considered in two cycles: those submitted by December 1 and  those submitted by May 1 of each year.  Faculty should apply for funds at least six months before the event.  

Proposals include the following elements:

  • The Bond Fund Application Form. This is a PDF that the applicant fills out online, prints, and submits to the DEO.
  • A confidential letter submitted to the Dean's Office by the DEO, with the completed application form.  The DEO letter speaks to the value of the project and indicates the support that the Department is contributing.
  • If the proposal is submitted by a faculty group, or if the proposal is being submitted jointly by two or more departments, each DEO must sign the letter and the letter must indicate the support that each department is contributing.

About Perry A. and Helen Judy Bond

The Bond Fund was established through a generous gift from Perry A. and Helen Judy Bond. Perry A. Bond (B.S. 1901, M.S. 1908, Ph.D. 1915 in chemistry) taught chemistry at Iowa from 1918 to 1948. Helen Judy Bond (B.A. 1923 in home economics) received her master's and doctoral degrees from Columbia and became chair of the Department of Home Economics at Teacher's College, Columbia University, where she taught for over 20 years.