SSILA has accumulated, through earmarked donations, a small fund to assist members in need of financial assistance for travel to the annual meeting. SSILA travel awards are intended to increase participation in SSILA sessions by students and scholars from historically under-represented populations of the Americas.
Awards will be made on the basis of financial need, which should be explained in a succinct paragraph. In addition, priority will be given to those who:
- do not have a university or other institutional affiliation
- are native speakers of indigenous languages
- are the sole author of a paper or poster, or the joint author of a paper or poster whose co-author(s) will not be in attendance
- have not received this assistance previously from SSILA
Applications must be submitted at the time abstracts are due: awards will be made only to applicants whose abstracts are accepted.
Applications will be reviewed by the Travel Assistance Committee in late August and awardees notified at the same time as the acceptance of their papers. Awards will be in the form of a check that will be given to the recipients at the meeting.
Applicants requiring travel visas are urged to apply for them in a timely manner.
As a courtesy to all involved, in the event that an awardee is unable to attend the meetings, early notification should be given so that the award may be passed to someone else.