Graduate Student Travel Awards

In 2006 the Society of Dance History Scholars first offered Graduate Student Travel Grants, aimed at encouraging broad graduate student participation in its annual conference. Each year three grants will be made to graduate students to help defray the costs of attending the annual conference.


Any student member of SDHS enrolled in a graduate degree program and engaged in dance research is eligible. Students need not have a paper accepted for presentation at the conference in order to apply. Although applications from students presenting papers are encouraged, applications from students interested in attending a Working Group or simply listening and learning also are welcome. In all cases, applicants must persuade the evaluation committee that attending the conference will further their research. There is no presumption that presenting, participating in a Working Group, or simply attending is the most grant-worthy application.

Individuals are eligible to receive a Graduate Student Travel Grant only once during their graduate career. Although student members of SDHS may apply for the Travel Grant and the Selma Jeanne Cohen Prize or Gertrude Lippincott Prize in the same year, they may not accept both a travel grant and a prize in the same year.

Applicants must be current (paid-up) members of SDHS at the time of applying for the Graduate Student Travel Grant.

Guidelines and Application

In all cases, applicants must persuade the evaluation committee that attending the conference will further their research. For example, students interested in subvention to attend the 2007 conference in Paris, "Rethinking Theory and Practice," demonstrated how their research queries intersections of theory and practice and/or requires access to French or European archives and researchers.

To apply for the Graduate Student Travel Grant, please use the online Graduate Student Travel Award application form. The application deadline is 15 August, 2014.

Please contact the SDHS office for information on how you may contribute to Graduate Student Travel Grants.

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13–16 November 2014
Hosted by the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa

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