Grants

Endowment Grant History & Overview

The Endowment Fund of the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association was established in 1997 as a commitment to the long-term future of the study of American culture and popular culture in all its forms, venues, contexts, and exchanges. Since that first group of about 20 contributors made an investment in the future of the two organizations and their roles in priority research and critical inquiry, hundreds of individuals and organizations have contributed and helped increase the Endowment to its current level of about $1,000,000.

What is distinctive and special about the PCA/ACA Endowment is that it incorporates contributions of various levels and reflects a broad-based support. An endowment is the hallmark of professional academic organizations that believe their work has substantial cultural significance and impact as well as long-term implications and applications.

In 2014, approximately thirty-two scholarships ($300) will be given to support graduate student travel to the meeting and twelve ($500) to early-career faculty.  Ten scholarships ($500) will be offered to visiting international scholars.  Research and travel to collection grants ($750) will be given to three individuals and one grant ($5,000) will go to support collection building.

Endowment Goals & Donation

Please note that individuals may apply for only one grant per cycle. Those applying for more than one will be disqualified. All applications must be received by November 15th, 2014.

NOTE: We are currently revising the application forms for the Endowment Grants.  We expect these to be available no later than August 1, 2015.

Douglas A. Noverr Grant

The Douglas A. Noverr Grant for Collection Enhancement for Institutions to Build Popular Culture and American Culture Research Collections
This grant is open to both international and United States institutions. Applicants should complete the application process and submit the form below for review by Endowment Director John Bratzel, no later than November 15, 2014. Please note that applicants may apply for only one PCA/ACA grant in any given year.
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Madonna Marsden Travel Grant

The Madonna Marsden International Travel Grant
The Madonna Marsden award supports travel by individuals not resident in the United States to the national PCA/ACA meeting each year. It also supports travel by US citizens to PCA/ACA international conferences which are held every year. This grant may not be used to travel from Alaska or Hawaii to the contiguous 48 states and vice versa. People seeking funds for such travel should apply for a Schoenecke or Rollins Award.
To be considered for the Madonna Marsden International Travel Grant, please complete the application process and submit the form below for review by Endowment Director John Bratzel, no later than, no later than November 15, 2014. Please note that applicants may apply for only one PCA/ACA grant in any given year. Please also note the word limit.
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Marshall Fishwick Travel Grant

The Marshall Fishwick Travel Grant to Popular Culture Studies / American Culture Studies Research Collections
For 2012, the Endowment Board has decided to award 3 grants @ $750 each. The grant is named for the late Marshall Fishwick, one of the pioneers in the study of Popular Culture Studies and American Culture Studies who was also one of the founders of the Popular Culture Association.

This grant is open to both International scholars and United States-based academics. Applicants should complete the application form below email to the Endowment Director John Bratzel, no later than November 15, 2014. Please note that applicants may apply for only one PCA/ACA grant in any given year.
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Michael Schoenecke Travel Grant

The Michael Schoenecke Travel Grant for Graduate Students to the Conference
Applicants can be either M.A. or Ph.D. level students and should complete the application process and submit the form below for review by Endowment Director Fred Isaac, fredisaac@aol.com, no later than November 15, 2014.  Please note that applicants may apply for only one PCA/ACA grant in any given year.  Please note the word limit.
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Peter Rollins Travel Grant

The Peter Rollins Travel Grant for Early-Career Faculty to the National Conference
To be considered for the Rollins Travel Grant, applicants must have received their doctorate (PhD) within the four years prior to the national conference. They may be tenure-stream, non-tenure stream, or independent scholars. Applicants can be either M.A. or Ph.D. level students and should complete the application process and submit the form below for review by Endowment Director Fred Isaac, fredisaac@aol.com, no later than November 15, 2013. Please note that applicants may apply for only one PCA/ACA grant in any given year. Please also note the word limit.
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Please note that individuals may apply for only one grant per cycle. Those applying for more than one will be disqualified. All applications must be received by November 15th, 2014.