Call for Applicants: Disability Research Interest Group Travel Award

The Disability Research Interest Group (DRIG) of the Society for Medical Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association is pleased to announce the inaugural DRIG Travel Award.

The DRIG Travel Award supports the participation of people with disabilities in the field of anthropological research. The DRIG believes that people with disabilities are underrepresented in our field, as both scholars and research participants, and therefore, that the disability perspective is frequently left out of anthropological knowledge production. Additionally, we recognize that traveling with a disability can be both harrowing and expensive. The scholarly community and the quality of scholarship at the AAA can be improved by supporting the careers and scholarly participation of anthropologists with disabilities. For this reason, the DRIG seeks to support the participation of emerging scholars with disabilities in the Annual Convention by offering two $100, one-time awards to offset the attendance costs at the 2015 meeting in Denver, and to honor strong emerging scholarship in Disability Anthropology.

To be considered for one of two $100 awards, please submit the following no later than October 2, 2015:

  1. An email including your name, affiliation (or independent scholar status), and contact information;
  2. A current CV;
  3. The title, abstract, and proof of acceptance for your AAA presentation for the 2015 Meeting in Denver;
  4. A statement of no more than 2 pages describing your reason for seeking this award.

Please send the application materials to Molly Bloom, with “DRIG Travel Award Application” in the subject line.

Recipients will be selected by the members of the DRIG Steering Committee, and notified by email by October 15, 2015. The awardees will be selected based on a combination of scholarly merit and need. The award will be presented in check form during the AAA annual meeting.