Graduate Student Travel Scholarships

As part of our commitment to promoting the work of disability historians, DHA is proud to announce an annual graduate student scholarship to attend professional academic conferences. This award is not restricted by the geographic location or type of professional academic conference. The fellowship committee will award either two applicants $250 or one applicant $500, depending on strength of proposals and need. The Association will cover expenses to convert currencies if necessary.

To apply for this scholarship applicants should provide a one-page (roughly 250- word) cover letter outlining when, where, and what kind of conference will be attended. Applicants should clearly explain their reason for wanting to attend the conference and what benefits are anticipated by this experience. For example, a candidate may have been accepted to present a paper or may want to interview for jobs at the conference; another may want to do both or may want to learn more about subjects presented that relate to his/her/their own work. Applicants must be members of the DHA in order to receive this scholarship. The DHA membership page can be accessed here.

This year’s award covers Fall 2017 through Spring 2018. Applications may be submitted now and will be considered in a rolling admissions process. For more information on this scholarship, or to submit an application, please contact Susan Burch:

Awardees will be announced on the H-Dis listserv. In accepting the scholarship, winners commit to writing a brief article (500-750 words) about the conference for the next DHA newsletter appearing after the event.

Award Winners

2017 Graduate Student Award Winners

Leah Samples (doctoral candidate, University of Pennsylvania, US) presented a paper entitled “Moving​ ​Towards​ ​a​ ​Cure:​ ​Institutional Care,​ ​Scientific​ ​Inquiry,​ ​and​ ​Mental​ ​Deficiency​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Elwyn​ ​Training​ ​School,​ ​1945-1970” at the American Association of Educational Studies in November 2017. Her talk explored the overlaps of science, disability, and educational history.

Jacqueline Pruder St. Antoine (doctoral candidate, Eastern Michigan University, US) also presented a paper at the American Association of Educational Studies this year. Her talk was entitled “Inedible Mushrooms in the Wood: Oppressive Hierarchy in Mad Studies and EcoJustice Education.”

2016 Graduate Student Award Winner

Haley Gienow-McConnell (doctoral candidate, York University, Toronto, CA) was a featured speaker at Brock University’s (St. Catharines, Ontario) Department of History Speaker Series on October 28, 2016.

2015 Graduate Student Award Winners

Rabia Belt (doctoral candidate, University of Michigan, US), gave a paper entitled “Ballots for Bullets: Disabled Civil War Veterans and the Right to Vote.” She also presented on a roundtable on the state of the field of disability history at the Organization of American Historians conference in St. Louis, Missouri in April 2015.

Haley Gienow-McConnell (doctoral candidate, York University, Toronto, CA) will present a paper entitled “Representations of Historical Disability on The Waltons, 1936-1945, 1972-1981” at the “Rethinking Disability on Screen Symposium” in York, UK in May 2015.

Mary Mendoza (doctoral candidate, UC-Davis, US) will be giving a presentation entitled “La Tierra Pica/The Soil Bites: Hazardous Environments and the Degeneration of Bracero Health, 1942-64” at the Society for Disability Studies conference in Atlanta, Georgia in June 2015.

Congratulations to all three fine students. We can look forward to reading more about each awardee’s work and travels on this website.