IASA awards this annual fellowship to the author of the year’s outstanding Ph.D. dissertation or M.A. thesis proposal or project in Italian American and Italian Diaspora Studies. We welcome for consideration all approaches to these fields of study. MA theses or PhD dissertations may be written in English or in Italian. All application materials must be in English.
Graduate students whose work focuses on Italian American or Italian Diaspora Studies, past and present, in any discipline, including but not limited to culture, history, language, etc. are eligible to apply.
Applicants must be in good standing in their own home institution’s graduate program (i.e., enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program, working in a timely manner to meet degree requirements, with no history of academic probation, etc.).
Applicants with recently completed projects must include proof of defense/completion within the calendar year before the award deadline (September 15, 2021). Applicants with projects-in-progress must include proof of project/proposal approval by their department or advisor.
Graduate students who do not win in a given year, but continue to work on their dissertation or MA thesis project in the following year, are welcome to apply a second time.
Graduate students applying for the annual conference travel grants are contemporaneously eligible for the Memorial Fellowship Prize.
Decisions will be based on the following:
- qualifications (academic standing and pertinent subject matter);
- quality and significance of the project (research questions and methodology, articulation of problems, concepts and approach, originality of content and research);
- evidence of steady, timely progress on the project; and
- potential impact of the project on related fields of study and Italian American and Italian Diaspora Studies in general.
ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE IN ENGLISH (THOUGH THE MA/PHD PROJECT MAY BE IN ENGLISH OR ITALIAN)
PLEASE UPLOAD THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS IN .DOC(X) OR PDF FORMAT TO SUBMITTABLE:
● Cover letter: In 150 words or less, briefly describe your dissertation or M.A. thesis project and your progress toward completion.
● Project description: In three double-spaced pages or less (standard 12-point font with 1-inch margins), describe the dissertation project or M.A. thesis that has either been recently completed or is currently in-progress. Clearly state the title and scope of your project. Clearly explain the significance of your research and how it contributes to the advancement of knowledge in the field of Italian American and/or Italian Diaspora Studies.
● Curriculum vitae: Document should include your current mail address, e-mail address, and telephone number and focus on publications, courses, professional activities, and awards. Maximum length not to exceed two pages.
● Unofficial transcripts: Proof of good standing, scanned as PDF, preferably.
PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR RECOMMENDERS WITH NECESSARY INFORMATION.
THEY MUST UPLOAD THEIR LETTERS THEMSELVES DIRECTLY (SEPARATELY FROM YOUR DOCUMENTS ABOVE) IN .DOC(X) OR PDF FORMAT TO SUBMITTABLE:
● Two letters of reference: One letter should come from an academic advisor, thesis committee member, and/or dissertation director, and directly address the relevance of your project to the furthering of Italian American / Italian Diaspora Studies. Both letters must be in English.
For any questions about the application process, please contact the Chair of the Fellowship/Award Committee, Dr. Colleen Ryan, at email@example.com.
DEADLINE: September 15, 2021
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. The fellowship recipient will be notified via e-mail and will also be announced at the annual IASA conference. Attendance and participation in the conference are strongly encouraged.
In an effort to defray some of the traveling costs for graduate students attending the Italian American Studies Association annual conference, the association has set aside limited funds for student travel.
Full-time graduate students at any level of study whose papers have been accepted for presentation at the Italian American Studies Association conference for the year in which funds are being requested.
Graduate students must be in good standing (i.e., fully enrolled, degree-seeking; with proof of working in a timely manner on degree requirements; no academic probation, etc.) and, if they do not win one year, may reapply in subsequent for subsequent conferences.
N.B. This is a separate application process from the Memorial Fellowship. Qualified graduate students may apply for both.
Decisions will be based on the following:
- Proof of acceptance for presentation at the upcoming IASA conference;
- Evidence of good standing and timely progress toward degree requirements;
- Previous IASA travel awards;
- Travel distance between home institution and conference location;
- Quantity of funding secured from other sources; and
- Quality and originality of abstract
● Cover letter: Please include home institution/primary professional affiliation, year and program of study, and dissertation title or details about your area of specialization. Then include the title of your accepted paper, your travel plan, full budget, requested amount for the award, and proof of financial support received from home institution or outside sources.
● A scanned copy of your unofficial transcript as proof of your good standing.
● Forwarded email with the IASA presentation acceptance from panel organizer.
● Conference abstract.
For any questions about the application process, please contact Fellowship/Award Committee, Colleen Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: TBD (based on confirmation of our next in-person conference in the US or abroad)
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Recipients of travel awards will be notified via email and the award funding will be sent in the form of a check by regular mail.
Benvenuto. Thank you for your interest in joining the Italian American Studies Association. There has never been a more important time to join IASA. Your IASA membership will benefit your career as well as your profession. Benefits of membership include access to the IASA members' database (visible to all registered members only) and access to free PDF versions of AIHA proceedings on our website.
We are pleased to offer the student membership dues rate. Please complete the student verification form (https://www.italianamericanstudies.net/cpages/membership) in order for your registration to be processed. Please note, that your registration is not complete until this form is received by IASA (email@example.com) and confirmation of your student status is emailed back to you. You can fill out the form and upload it here in submittable, so that the process for your student membership can begin.
Again, thank you for your interest and devotion to the interdisciplinary study of the culture, history, literature, sociology, demography, folklore, and politics of Italians in America.