IASA awards this annual fellowship to the author of the year’s outstanding Ph.D. dissertation or M.A. thesis proposal or project in Italian American and Italian Diaspora Studies. We welcome for consideration all approaches to these fields of study.
Graduate students whose work focuses on Italian American or Italian Diaspora Studies, past and present, in any discipline, including but not limited to culture, history, language, etc. are eligible to apply.
Applicants must be in good standing in their own home institution’s graduate program (i.e., enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program, working in a timely manner to meet degree requirements, with no history of academic probation, etc.).
Applicants with recently completed projects must include proof of defense/completion within the calendar year before the award deadline (November 1, 2020). Applicants with projects-in-progress must include proof of project/proposal approval by their department or advisor.
Graduate students who do not win in a given year, but continue to work on their dissertation or M.A. thesis project in the following year, are welcome to apply a second time.
Graduate students applying for the annual conference travel grants are contemporaneously eligible for the Memorial Fellowship Prize.
Decisions will be based on the following:
- qualifications (academic standing and pertinent subject matter);
- quality and significance of the project (research questions and methodology, articulation of problems, concepts and approach, originality of content and research);
- evidence of steady, timely progress on the project; and
- potential impact of the project on related fields of study and Italian American and Italian Diaspora Studies in general.
PLEASE UPLOAD THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS IN .DOC(X) OR PDF FORMAT TO SUBMITTABLE:
● Cover letter: In 150 words or less, briefly describe your dissertation or M.A. thesis project and your progress toward completion.
● Project description: In three double-spaced pages or less (standard 12-point font with 1-inch margins), describe the dissertation project or M.A. thesis that has either been recently completed or is currently in-progress. Clearly state the title and scope of your project. Clearly explain the significance of your research and how it contributes to the advancement of knowledge in the field of Italian American and/or Italian Diaspora Studies.
● Curriculum vitae: Document should include your current mail address, e-mail address, and telephone number and focus on publications, courses, professional activities, and awards. Maximum length not to exceed two pages.
● Unofficial transcripts: Proof of good standing, scanned as PDF, preferably.
PLEASE BE SURE YOUR RECOMMENDERS WHITELIST SUBMITTABLE.COM OR CHECK THEIR SPAM SO THAT THEY CAN BE SURE TO RECEIVE NECESSARY INFORMATION TO UPLOAD THEIR LETTERS DIRECTLY (SEPARATELY FROM YOUR DOCUMENTS ABOVE) IN .DOC(X) OR PDF FORMAT TO SUBMITTABLE.COM
● Two letters of reference: One letter should come from an academic advisor, thesis committee member, and/or dissertation director, and directly address the relevance of your project to the furthering of Italian American / Italian Diaspora Studies
For any questions about the application process, please contact the Chair of the Fellowship/Award Committee, Dr. Colleen Ryan, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE: November 1, 2020
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. The fellowship recipient will be notified via e-mail and will also be announced at the annual IASA conference. Attendance and participation in the conference are strongly encouraged.