Independent travel stipend to AFS deadline Feb. 22
Call for Applications
Travel Stipend for Independent Folklorists
The Independent Folklorists’ Section of the
American Folklore Society announces the availability of a travel stipend of
$1000 to attend the 2013 AFS meeting in Providence, RI. 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 their work. Support
for the award is provided by the Public Programs Section and the Independent
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
e-mail by midnight, February 22, 2013. The deadline has been set prior to the AFS presentation proposal deadline (March
31) so that awardees will know that they have travel funds before submitting
their 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 and Independent Section members after AFS proposal reviews
are complete, usually by June 1st.
qualify for the award applicants must meet the following criteria:
a member of the AFS Independent Folklorists’ Section, but not necessarily an
at least 100 miles from the meeting location.
a member who earns a significant portion of her/his income from independent
· Plan to attend the annual AFS meeting for at least
two full days as well as the business meetings of the Public Programs and the
Independent Folklorists’ Sections (where they will be acknowledged and may be
asked to briefly describe their participation).
· Be willing to submit a brief written report of his or
her participation in the AFS meeting to the Public Programs and Independent
Folklorists' sections not more than 30 days after the conclusion of
have received the award in the past two years.
willing to serve on the selection
committee the year following their award and then chair the committee the next
How To Apply:
submit the following materials in an email attachment by midnight,
February 22, 2013 to this year’s Selection Committee Chair, Laura Marcus Green,
letter of application (not to exceed three pages) with a narrative describing:
o How you will participate in the annual American
Folklore Society meeting (paper
session, poster session, panel, forum, workshop, or other event).
o Your work as an independent folklorist and
your experience and interest in public folklore;
o The approximate proportion of your income that
is derived from independent consulting work;
o The impact receiving the Independent
Folklorists’ Travel Stipend will have on your ability to attend AFS 2013;
o How you hope to benefit from attending the
meeting and what contribution your presence at the meeting will make to the
o Budget Estimate: Please estimate the travel
expenses you expect to incur (Include airfare or other transportation costs,
lodging and meal expenses, and meeting registration fees). It is understood
that the $1000 Stipend will probably not cover all expenses.
Applications are reviewed by the
stipend selection committee, which is composed of a representative from the
Public Programs Section and recent recipients of the travel award from the Independent
Folklorists' Section, according
to the following criteria:
quality and significance of the applicant’s work, as based on the narrative,
abstract proposal and résumé.
extent to which the applicant’s attendance at the AFS meetings will benefit
both the applicant and the field, especially in the area of public folklore.
· The feasibility of the budget and the
applicant’s demonstrated need of the stipend in order to attend the meeting.
The award recipient will be notified by early March
of the committee’s decision. If you have questions about the Independent
Folklorists' Travel Stipend contact 2013 Selection Committee Chair Laura Marcus
Green, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Independent Folklorists' Section gratefully acknowledges
support from the AFS Public Programs Section to facilitate participation in the
annual meeting by an independent folklorist.