Travel Grants


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Annual Conference CSA 2020 Travel Grants

Call for Applications

For the 45th Annual Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) in Georgetown, Guyana from June 1-5, 2020, the CSA is able to offer a limited number of travel grants, aimed at assisting the following applicants:

  • Category A: Young graduate Ph.D. students (35 years or younger). Priority is given to those residing and working in the Greater Caribbean (insular and continental), but applications are also welcome from candidates from the rest of the world.
  • Category B: Full-time scholars with institutional affiliation who do not have access to any funding from their institutions or countries. Priority is given to those residing and working in the Greater Caribbean (insular and continental), in particular under-resourced Caribbean nations. This category is also open to applications from artists and writers from under-resourced Greater Caribbean nations, with a relevant proposal to the conference program.
  • Category C: Retired and independent outstanding applicants with no institutional affiliation and from under-resourced Greater Caribbean nations.

The aim of this grant is to assist current and potential members who do not have access to any funding from their institutions or countries, and who will not be able to attend the conference without funding. We ask applicants to consider carefully the requirements, selection criteria and restrictions mentioned in this call for applications.

Candidates can apply for either of the two types of grants: partial (an amount to help cover the participation in the conference) and full (an exceptional grant covering airfare, accommodation and per diem). In all cases, the number of awarded grants will depend on the limited budget available and mainly on the donations made by the members and institutions during the (pre-)registration process.

All travel grant awardees will be expected to be in attendance at the  conference and to volunteer a few hours of their time to assist the organizing committee onsite during the conference.

The grant application is personal and must include the following items:

  1. Title and abstract of the paper or other proposal sent to the Program Committee. If the applicant is part of a pre-organized panel, the general details on the panel (title, names of other presenters and titles of their papers) should also be indicated.
  2. Acknowledgement from the Program Committee of receipt of your abstract submission.
  3. Summarized Curriculum Vitae (not more than 2 pages) with emphasis on the current teaching, research, or artistic activities, as well as publications or exhibitions.
  4. Applicant´s personal statement of why they should be awarded the grant. This is

a summary of what they will bring to the conference; what CSA means for them professionally; where the applicant’s particular presentation fits into their research/teaching/artistic experience, and future projects; in this statement, candidates must specify whether they seek partial or full funding; they must indicate whether they have previously received a grant from CSA and for which conference;

  1. Signed declaration clearly indicating applicant’s employment status (title, position, responsibilities, part-time or full-time position);
  2. If applying for full funding, applicants should submit an additional personal statement about the non-availability of funding from an institution, association, or foundation for conference travel. For applicants in Category B (above), this statement should also be signed by an institutional authority (e.g., a Faculty Dean).

Applications should be sent by email in one unique PDF document named “CSA Travel Grants 2020_Name of Applicant.pdf”.

Deadline: March 31,  2020 

Email: Dr Myriam Moïse, CSA Travel Grants Chair travel.grants@caribbeanstudiesassociation.org; myriam_moise@hotmail.com

Selection Criteria

A selection committee consisting of one or more CSA members in full-standing will assign the funds and preference will be given to candidates whose abstracts or proposals demonstrate at least one of these qualities:

  1. Relevance to Conference theme (See Conference Call for Abstracts on the CSA website).
  2. Relevance of topic in terms of shaping policy and social practices in the region.
  3. Relevance in terms of promoting multi-national, multi-lingual, multi-institutional and trans-disciplinary panels.
  4. Significance and originality of topic in terms of advancing scholarship on the region.

Economic need to be reviewed case by case by the selection committee.