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AFS Offers Stipends for International Participants–April 22 Deadline

Wednesday, April 10, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Evangeline Mee

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

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 April 22. 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 AFS Committee on International Issues chair Leah Lowthorp 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 Leah Lowthorp, chair of the AFS Committee on International Issues, to discuss ways in which they might work to expand international participation in the meeting.

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