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.
To apply for a SSILA travel award, email the information requested in the Application Instructions below to the Executive Secretary by August 1.
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 or heritage learners 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
It is the responsibility of the applicant to state how they meet the award criteria.
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.
Applying for a travel award involves two steps:
- When submitting your abstract on Easy Chair, please check the box labeled “Travel Grant Application submitted”.
- Submit the following information by August 1 to the Executive Secretary:
- Your name.
- The title of the paper/poster you provide in the abstract you submitted to Easy Chair.
- A succinct description of your financial need including
- city, state, country that you would be traveling from to attend the meeting;
- estimated cost of travel, accommodation, and other expenses;
- current professional or academic status;
- number of times you have attended the SSILA meeting in the past;
- year of the most recent meeting you have attended;
- whether you are applying for funding at another institution or whether you will have support from another institution.
- any other considerations the committee should be aware of.
Awards will be made on the basis of financial need. 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.
Travel Award recipients will be notified at the same time as they are notified of the acceptance of their paper.