Western History Disability Studies and Disabled Scholar Award, Western History Association

Hayden L. Nelson's picture
July 15, 2022
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Borderlands, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Native American History / Studies, Graduate Studies

The purpose of the Western History Disability Studies and Disabled Scholar Award is to promote the place of disability and all of the ramifications that disability, diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion have had in the history of the North American West. It is important to promote and support scholars who study this history, whether these scholars have a disability or not. To read more on the significance and vibrancy of Disability Studies, see Disability Studies and History below.

Two $500 awards, funded by independent blind historian Alida Boorn, will support two graduate students who either are working in the fields of disability studies and western history OR identify as disabled and who wish to attend the WHA conference with financial assistance. Funding from the award will assist their ability to research and present academic papers and network with other scholars at the annual WHA conferences.

Applicants should send in one pdf file to each member of the committee listed below: 1) a letter of interest, and 2) CV. Include your last name in the title of the pdf file. Applicants should request that their faculty advisor send a letter of support to each committee member.

-2022 Awards Cycle opens January 23, 2022

-2022 Award Submission (Postmark) Deadline: July 15, 2022

The WHA office sends award notifications in August.

For more information, please visit the award page: https://www.westernhistory.org/awards/disability

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The Western History Association was founded in 1961 by a group of professional and avocational historians bound by their belief in the American West as a place rich in history and deserving of further study. "Its purpose shall be to promote the study of the North American West in its varied aspects and broadest sense," read the WHA's early constitution. Today, the WHA office is located in the History Department at the University of Kansas. The association is composed of around 1,100 active members with a common mission. Learn more about the WHA Governance and Standing Committees, read the WHA Constitution & By LawsWHA Diversity Statement, and WHA Code of Conduct.  

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