Call for Applications: Disability History Association Conference Award

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Disability History Association Conference Award

The Disability History Association invites applications for our Conference Award. This award is intended to help cover costs for attending virtual and in-person conferences.

Eligibility: This award is open to graduate students and contingent faculty, as well as underemployed, unemployed, or community-based scholars and artists. The DHA is particularly interested in supporting those who will receive limited or no support from other sources, including their home institutions.

Applicants must be presenting on a topic directly related to disability history.

Because conference and travel plans have been changing quickly due to Covid, the DHA is temporarily expanding the eligibility period for the Conference Award. For the Fall 2021 competition, the award can be used to help cover costs for virtual and in-person conferences attended between April 30, 2021 and March 31, 2022. Eligible conferences may be either in-person or virtual. The award may cover travel (transportation and accommodation; please note that food and per diems are not eligible), conference registration, or the cost of academic memberships required to attend the conference. Depending on demand, demonstrated need, and the availability of funds, award amounts may range from $100 to $500 (US dollars).

Criteria: Applications are adjudicated based on a combination of demonstrated financial need and the significance of conference attendance for the applicant’s career and the advancement of the field.

Application Materials: Applicants must write a letter of between 1-2 pages describing what conference they will be attending, the nature of their participation in the conference, and the significance of conference attendance for their career and the advancement of the field. They should also include a brief budget (in US dollars) indicating expected costs, and how the award will help them cover these costs. If they are applying for or have received other funds to help defray the cost of attendance, applicants should indicate this in their letter or budget.

Please submit applications to Dr. Caroline Lieffers at by September 30, 2021.

Conference award winners agree to retain receipts for their expenses for six months in case of an audit. Winners also agree to write a brief report about their conference for our website and newsletter.

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