Grants and Awards
In the months before the annual conference, the SAA accepts applications for the following awards:
- Conference travel grants for dissertation-level graduate students.
- Conference travel grants for independent scholars and contingent faculty.
- The J. Leeds Barroll Dissertation Prize.
- The SAA Shakespeare Publics Award.
- The SAA Innovative Article Award.
For application eligibility, procedures, and deadlines, see the tabs below.
Each year, the SAA awards conference travel grants for contingent faculty and independent scholars, and for graduate students at the dissertation stage. Awardees receive $500 in travel support and remission of the conference registration fee. Students may not receive travel grants more than twice.
Applicants must be SAA members in good standing; must participate in the meeting program (by speaking in a panel, leading a seminar or workshop, or enrolling in a seminar or workshop), and must attend the full conference in person. Remote participants of Wednesday’s Pre-Conference are not eligible for receiving travel grants.
Application portals for the 2022 Travel Grants will open on 1 October 2021. The deadline is 1 November 2021.
Travel Grants for Contingents and Independents
Candidates include contingent academics—including adjunct and limited-term faculty, lecturers, instructors, and independent research scholars—who do not have access to institutional travel funding. Applicants for the Graduate-Student Travel Grants are not eligible to apply for the Contingent Faculty Travel Grants. Each application is comprised of two parts:
- A brief curriculum vitae that documents employment history.
- A letter, not to exceed 400 words, that states the conference role the applicant will undertake, describes how participation will advance the applicant’s research, and confirms that the applicant does not have access to institutional support for conference travel. You may also explain your circumstances if your status requires it.
Graduate-Student Travel Grants
Applicants must provide proof for their ABD status. The SAA will contact your dissertation advisor to verify your status and to state your department’s funding policy and practice. Applicants for the Contingent Faculty Travel Grants are not eligible to apply for the Graduate-Student Travel Grants. Each application is comprised of two parts:
- A brief curriculum vitae.
- A letter, not to exceed 400 words, that describes the student’s progress towards the degree, states the conference role the applicant will undertake, and describes how participation relates to the student’s dissertation in process. You may also explain your circumstances if your status requires it.
Deadline: 1 November 2021.