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Assistance for Graduate Students Traveling to the January 2016 Convention

The Executive Council has voted to allot funds to provide partial travel reimbursement of $400 to graduate students who are 2015 MLA members* and will travel to the January 2016 convention in order 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. As an alternative, members may apply by mail. Letters of application must reach the MLA by 1 December 2015 and should be mailed to the Travel Grant Program, MLA, 85 Broad Street, suite 500, New York, NY 10004-2434. Each letter should include complete contact information and a brief statement by the student indicating whether he or she is receiving external support for travel to the convention. 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;

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 2016 calendar year will be eligible to apply for travel reimbursements in 2017.

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

* The deadline to become a 2015 member is 30 November. Online enrollment was available through 31 July. To join or renew for 2015 between 1 August and 30 November, please e-mail


© 2015 Modern Language Association. Last updated 09/09/2015.