Judith Yaross Lee Publication Grant in American Humor Studies

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June 30, 2020
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Film and Film History, Graduate Studies, Humanities

The American Humor Studies Association (AHSA) solicits applications for the inaugural season of its Judith Yaross Lee Publication Grant in American Humor Studies for Summer 2020. This program is designed to provide individualized attention and support for emerging scholars who would like to submit an article on humor/comedy studies for publication. Graduate students and those who earned their Ph.D. in 2020 are welcome to apply.

For graduate students, the process of planning, drafting, revising, submitting and re-revising is often one of trial-and-error, with varying levels of guidance coming from their department. The AHSA recognizes that scholars working in humor/comedy often work with advisors who are not trained in this specialty. The objective of the Judith Yaross Lee Mentorship Program is to provide tailored, expert feedback on potential scholarship and to support and build the humor/comedy studies field.  

Those selected to participate will be matched with a mentor in their area who will meet with the mentee regularly to both help plot a trajectory for publication and to provide feedback on scholarship. Projects in early stages of development will be considered—from initial conceptualization to those in the drafting phase—and should be on any aspect of American humor/comedy—broadly defined. Mentees are encouraged to submit their finished article to the AHSA’s journal Studies in American Humor but are also welcome to submit to the journal of their choosing.

The duration of the program will vary based on the state of the project at the beginning of the mentorship period, but most timelines to completion will be between three and six months. Mentees will receive a 1-year membership to the AHSA and a $100 stipend upon submission of their article.

To apply, please send a CV, an abstract of your proposed project (200-300 words), and a brief writing sample (approx. 10 pages) to ahsa.humorstudies@gmail.com. Initial review of applications will begin June 30th, 2020. 

Contact Info: 

Sam Chesters, American Humor Studies Association Governing Board Member