AFS Taking Applications for AFS Stipends for International Participants
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
American Folklore Society warmly encourages the attendance of
folklorists and other cultural specialists from outside the United
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.