Assistance for Graduate Students Traveling to the January 2017 Convention

The Executive Council has voted to allot funds to provide partial travel reimbursement of $400 to graduate students who are 2016 MLA members* and will travel to the January 2017 convention to attend preconvention workshops, sessions in their areas of scholarly interest, meetings with job counselors, or interviews. Graduate students are eligible to receive travel grants only once during their graduate school tenure. The council is particularly concerned with helping students who have no support for convention attendance from their institutions or other sources, who incur substantial costs for travel to and from the convention, and who have never received an MLA travel grant of any kind. Funds are available to cover a limited number of awards.

Members may apply online beginning in early September. Members are expected to request matching funds from their departments or institutions by using a letter provided by the MLA. For further information, call or write the office of programs (646 576-5141; awards@mla.org).

Since 1997, the Executive Council has invited MLA members to donate money to a professional education assistance fund that will provide ongoing support for these travel reimbursements. A space on the membership renewal form allows members to add to their dues payments a tax-deductible contribution to the fund. Graduate students who pay dues for the 2017 calendar year will be eligible to apply for travel reimbursements in 2018.

MLA members who serve on council-appointed standing committees or on the Delegate Assembly may apply for a travel grant each year of their term. Only those who meet all eligibility requirements can receive a grant. To apply for a grant, these members should write to awards@mla.org.

* The deadline to become a 2016 member is 30 November. To join or renew before the end of 30 June, click here. To join or renew for 2016 between 1 July and 30 November, e-mail membership@mla.org.