IASA ANNUAL MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP AWARD FOR GRADUATE THESES

DESCRIPTION

IASA awards this annual memorial fellowship to the author of the year’s outstanding doctoral dissertation or masters thesis proposal or project in Italian American and Italian Diaspora Studies. We welcome for consideration all approaches to these fields of study. Although the dissertation or thesis may be written in English or Italian, all application materials must be in English.


ELIGIBILITY

Graduate students whose work focuses on Italian American or Italian Diaspora Studies, including but not limited to history, language, film, literature, social sciences, the arts, ethnic racial identity, etc. are eligible to apply.  Applicants must be members of IASA.

Applicants with recently completed projects must include proof of defense/completion within the calendar year before the award deadline (September 7, 2022). Applicants with projects-in-progress must, instead, include proof of project/proposal approval by their department chair or advisor.

Graduate students who do not win in a given year, but continue to work on their dissertation or thesis 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.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

1. Application materials must be in English (the project itself may be written in English or Italian)


2. Please upload the following documents in .docx or pdf format to Submittable: https://italianamericanstudies.submittable.com/forms/primary

● Cover letter: In 150 words or less, briefly describe your dissertation or 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 mailing 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.

● 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.


3. Please provide recommenders with necessary information about your application, project, deadlines, etc. in a timely fashion.


4. Recommenders must upload their letters directly by themselves in .docx or .pdf format to Submittable: https://italianamericanstudies.submittable.com/forms/primary

For any questions about the application process, please contact the Chair of the Fellowship/Award Committee, Dr. Colleen Ryan at ryancm@indiana.edu.

DEADLINE: September 7, 2022

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. Funds will be awarded at or after the conference.


IASA ANNUAL CONFERENCE TRAVEL AWARD FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

DESCRIPTION

In an effort to defray some of the traveling costs for graduate students attending the Italian American Studies Association annual conference or symposium in Italy, the association has set aside limited funds for student travel. All application materials must be in English.

ELIGIBILITY:

Full-time graduate students at any level of study whose papers have been accepted for presentation at the Italian American Studies Association conference or symposium for the year in which funds are being requested may apply. Applicants must be members of IASA. 

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.). If they do not win one year, they may reapply in subsequent for subsequent conferences. 

N.B. This is a separate application process from the Memorial Fellowship Award. 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 received; 

• Travel distance between the home institution and conference location;

• Quantity of funding secured from other sources; and

• Quality and originality of the abstract.


Please send the following documents in .doc(x) or pdf format to the Fellowship/Award Committee Chair, Dr. Colleen Ryan, at ryancm@indiana.edu

● 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 your accepted paper title, your travel plan, full budget, requested amount for the award, and proof of financial support received from the home institution or outside sources. 

● A scanned copy of your unofficial transcript as proof of your good standing. 

● A forwarded e-mail with the IASA presentation acceptance from the panel organizer.

● Conference abstract.


 For any questions about the application process, please contact the Fellowship/Award Committee, Colleen Ryan, at ryancm@indiana.edu 

DEADLINE: September 7, 2022

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Recipients of travel awards will be notified via e-mail, and the award funding will be sent in the form of a bank check by regular mail or through PayPal.




DESCRIPTION:

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. 

ELIGIBILITY:

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 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

PLEASE UPLOAD THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS IN .DOC(X) OR PDF FORMAT TO SUBMITTABLE: 

https://italianamericanstudies.submittable.com/submit/141068/iasa-annual-conference-travel-grant

● 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 ryancm@indiana.edu

DEADLINE: Sept. 7, 2022

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 (ryancm@indiana.edu) 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.