C19 Travel Fund


In 2018, we introduced a new opportunity to participants in the C19 conference: a travel grant for conference participants with limited funds. This award is intended to expand and diversify the number of participants in the conference.


A number of travel grants of $400 each will be awarded to help defray travel costs, lodging, and other expenses for conference participants with limited travel funding available, in order to enable them to present their work at our 2020 biennial conference, “Dissent,” to be held on April 2-5, in Coral Gables, Florida. Grant recipients will also have their conference registration fees waived. The awards are intended to support contingent faculty, graduate students without access to travel funding, and other scholars for whom travel to the Coral Gables conference would present significant financial hardship. Priority will be given to early-career scholars and others who would most benefit from participation in C19 at this point in their professional lives.


After acceptance, applicants should send the following materials: an abstract of the accepted C19 paper; a statement of financial need (outlining, in brief, the reasons this award would be especially useful at this point in their careers); and a CV with full contact information. Please submit these as a single PDF document, with your last name in the document title, to Dana Luciano, selection committee chair, at dana.luciano@rutgers.edu, no later than January 15, 2020. Please use “C19 Travel Grant application” as your email header. Note: you should receive a confirmation of receipt with 48 hours of your submission. If you do not receive confirmation, please write again to confirm receipt of your application.


For 2020, we will offer two externally funded travel grants. These grants have been generously funded by the Center for Mark Twain Studies and the Research Society for American Periodicals. They will be awarded to a scholar presenting a paper on Twain studies, broadly conceived, and a scholar presenting research related to nineteenth-century periodicals, broadly conceived. If you would like to be considered for one of these grants, please make note of this on your application. The recipients of these grants will be announced in early February.

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Image: Onoto Watanna (Winnifred Eaton), Miss Nume of Japan: A Japanese-American Romance (1899)