Graduate Student Travel Scholarships

As part of our commitment to promoting the work of disability historians at all career stages, the Disability History Association (DHA) is proud to invite graduate students to apply for our semi-annual conference travel award. The award is meant to support travel to professional academic conferences and is not restricted by geographic location. The fellowship committee will award up to two graduate student applicants $250 (US) each to support attendance at conferences between September 2018 and August 2019. The Association will cover expenses in currencies other than U.S. dollars if necessary.

To apply for this scholarship, applicants should provide a one-page (roughly 250-word) letter outlining when, where, and what kind of conference they attended or plan to attend. Applicants should clearly explain their reason for wanting to attend the conference and what benefits they received or anticipate receiving from the experience, especially benefits relating to their work in disability history. For example, a candidate may have been accepted to present a paper on a disability history project 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 their own work in disability history. Please explain with as much detail and clarity as possible how the conference attendance intersects with the broad field of disability history.

This year’s award covers the period from September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019. The first deadline for applications is October 20, 2018, which covers conference attendance between September 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019. A second deadline for applications is March 1, 2019, which covers conference attendance between March 1, 2019 and August 31, 2019.

Applicants must be members of the DHA in order to receive this scholarship.

Awardees will be announced on the H-Dis listserv. In accepting the scholarship, winners commit to writing a brief reflection (500-750 words) about the conference that will be shared with our membership.

Please send applications to Professor Susan Burch:

Award Winners

2019 Graduate Student Award Winner

Gregory Carrier (University of Alberta) presented a paper entitled “Augustine and Aquinas on Modern Disability Theory” and participated in the roundtable “Medieval Disability and Pedagogy” at the 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies held in Kalamazoo, MI, May 9-12, 2019.

2017 Graduate Student Award Winner

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.” Read her report: “Passing the Hemlocks: The Power of Sharing Truths.”

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.