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Annual Meetings: Financial Support
The Society offers several forms of financial support to those planning on participating in the annual meeting.


AFS Gerald L. Davis Fund Travel Grants

In memory of folklorist Gerald L. Davis, AFS provides a limited number of grants of up to $500 each year to persons of color who want to participate in the annual meeting. Prospective applicants may be graduate students, community scholars, staff members of public folklore programs, or others who want to attend. AFS will also waive annual meeting registration fees for Gerald L. Davis Fund grant recipients.

Applications should include the following:

  • A brief curriculum vita, resume, or biography of your professional life.
  • A letter detailing your specific reasons for wanting to attend the AFS annual meeting AND the impact you expect the meeting will have on your work.
  • Your estimated expenses and the amount requested.

Supporting letters are not required. Applications received after the deadline may not be considered. Previous recipients are eligible to receive a second award, but you must apply again, and your application must be competitive. Members of AFS Cultural Diversity Committee will review the applications and select the grant recipients.

The deadline for applications is April 15. Send letters of application to Tim Lloyd at


AFS Stipends for International Participants

The American Folklore Society warmly encourages the attendance of folklorists and other cultural specialists from outside the United States.

A limited number of travel stipends will be available on a competitive basis for international scholars and practitioners at a junior level who are participating in the annual meeting program. Stipends will vary between $500 and $800, depending on the availability of funds and the number of applicants. Previous recipients of international travel awards are not eligible to apply.

The AFS particularly encourages applications from individuals who have limited or no institutional support for travel, as well as from independent scholars and freelance practitioners. Applicants should be in the early stages of their careers. Please note: this award is primarily for international scholars traveling to the meeting from abroad, rather than for international scholars already residing in North America.

To apply for a travel stipend, please send the following:

  • A letter introducing yourself and your work and describing how you will benefit from attending the AFS meeting.
  • A statement of purpose (no more than 100 words) in which you briefly outline the paper or presentation you plan to make.
  • A brief statement explaining how you will communicate your experience of the meeting to your home professional context. (The overall goal of the travel awards is to increase international communication and awareness of international issues in our field. Since the AFS has limited funding available, it is important for applicants to communicate their experience effectively to a larger professional community back home.)
  • A current curriculum vitae.

The deadline for submission of applications is March 31. Applications must be made by email. You must also submit all proposal and registration forms and information (as specified elsewhere in this Invitation for Participation) to the main AFS address by the same deadline. Please direct your inquiries and applications to Michael Dylan Foster at

We also encourage AFS members and sections to spread the word, to help identify potential applicants, to collaborate with international colleagues in the application process, or to provide or seek matching funds to complement the possible AFS award. For example, by adding a visit to your campus or a consultation at your agency, you could fruitfully expand on an international visitor’s participation in the AFS meeting. We especially welcome AFS member assistance in organizing panels that include international participants. International scholars and AFS members are invited to contact Michael Dylan Foster, chair of the AFS Committee on International Issues, to discuss ways in which they might work to expand international participation in the meeting.

AFS Student Travel Stipends

AFS will provide stipends of $300 each to selected students whose presentations are accepted for the annual meeting program. There are no additional application requirements for these stipends; your presentation proposal, if accepted, will serve as your stipend application. Decisions will be made on the basis of the quality of the proposal and geographical representation among students’ institutions. Previous recipients of these stipends are not eligible. We will notify recipients in July.


Archie Green Student Travel Awards

The AFS Public Programs Section will provide up to three awards of up to $500 each, named for folklorist and activist Archie Green of San Francisco, for students to defray costs for traveling to the meeting. The Section is interested in supporting graduate and undergraduate students who have an interest in working as public folklorists, or who have chosen an area of public folklore as a primary topic of research.

Application materials will consist of: (1) a two-page letter written by the applicant, (2) a letter of support written by a faculty member or public folklorist that describes the student’s interest in public folklore and supports the student’s plan for using the AFS meeting to further her or his interests in public folklore, and (3) a budget outlining anticipated expenses. The applicant’s letter should address her/his interest in public folklore, goals for attending the meeting, and plans for using the resources of the meeting to further her/his academic and/or professional development. Previous recipients of student travel awards are not eligible to apply.

The deadline for receipt of applications is July 1. Awards will be announced by August 1. To apply, send the above materials by email to committee chair Cliff Murphy of the Maryland State Arts Council at


Independent Folklorists Travel Stipend

The Independent Folklorists’ Section of the American Folklore Society announces the availability of a travel stipend of $1000 to attend the AFS meeting. The award will support travel costs (transportation, meeting registration, lodging and/or per diem expenses) for a member of the AFS Independent Folklorists' Section involved in public folklore to attend the annual meeting and to present her/his work. Support for the award is provided by the Public Programs Section and the Independent Folklorists’ Section.

The stipend will be awarded to a member of the Independent Folklorists’ Section who plans to submit a proposal to the upcoming annual AFS meeting program committee, and who demonstrates an interest in, and contribution to, the field of public folklore.

The deadline for submission is via email by midnight, March 1. The deadline has been set prior to the AFS presentation proposal deadline (March 31) so that the awardee will know that she/he has travel funds before submitting his/her proposal to AFS.

The award is contingent on the applicant's proposal being accepted for participation in the AFS meeting. The recipient will be announced to the Public Programs and Independents Section members after AFS proposal reviews are complete, usually by June 1st.

See the announcement of the award in the AFS Review for more information about how to apply.

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