Zantop Travel Award for Graduate Students
Inspired by the work of Susanne Zantop, Women in German established an award in her honor to help nurture and sustain research and publication in feminist cultural studies. The Zantop Travel Award has supported work on more than a dozen dissertations since it was established in 2002. Each year WiG grants up to two awards, each in the amount of $1500.
Graduate students who have not yet completed the Ph.D. Applicants must be WiG members with a dissertation project approved by a faculty advisor for research on a topic in feminist German cultural studies that requires travel to consult specific archives, libraries, cultural centers, or authors.
1. We seek proposals that address a significant topic with demonstrated relevance to German Studies from an approach informed by feminist cultural studies, that is, an approach that engages the intersections of gender with other relevant categories such as sexuality, class, race, citizenship, and ethnicity. In addition, we encourage proposals that further the project of rethinking German Studies along transnational lines.
2. The proposed research travel must be for the purpose of obtaining access to materials or information not accessible by other means.
3. The materials or information sought must be central to the success of the dissertation project.
4. The research plan must be feasible within the proposed time period.
5. The request for funding must be supported by a letter from a major professor (dissertation advisor or committee member).
To the student: In a statement of no more than 750 words, describe your dissertation project and explain why travel to the specified site(s) is necessary. In addition, please include the following information (required):
- a timetable
- contact information for the people or institutions you will be working with
- a one-page budget statement listing the projected cost of travel to the site
- the amount requested from WiG, and support anticipated from other sources (if any).
To the faculty member: Please address the quality and significance of the project, the importance of the research travel, and the applicant’s ability to see the project through to completion.
April 1. The Zantop Award Committee, consisting of the WiG president and two other WiG members, will consider applications and send notifications.
As soon as is feasible after implementing the award, recipients are to present a report on research results at the poster session of the WiG annual conference. Acknowledgment of the award in the dissertation and resulting publications is expected.
Submit all materials electronically to:
WiG President Beth Muellner
Beth Muellner, President
Women in German