PCA/ACA

PCA Endowment Grants

Background

The Endowment Fund of the Popular 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. In 2020, sixty-five scholarships will be offered to support travel to the meeting–twenty-five for graduate students ($500 each), ten for early-career faculty ($1,000 each), seven for International faculty ($1,000 each), and ten for faculty from 2-year colleges ($1,000 each). Research and travel to collection grants ($1,000) will be given to two individuals and one grant ($6,000) will go to support collection building.

Individuals who are members of PCA and in good standing may apply for only one grant in any category per yearly cycle. Applying for more than one grant in a single cycle will disqualify the applicant. Applications will open around August 10, 2019 and will close on November 1, 2019. Every effort will be made to inform applicants of the status of their applications by early January 2020. For each of the travel awards for presenting at the national conference, the grants will be able to be picked up at the conference. In the case of the Fishwick and Noverr awards, those checks will be mailed to the successful applicants after the conference is completed.

Please remember that the endowment award process is very competitive; it is not a certainty that you will receive one. Please also investigate other sources of funding to cover your conference expenses.

 

Eligibility and Application Information

You must be registered on the PCA site and be an active, paid member for the 2020 year at the time you submit your application. There are no exceptions.

Required materials and evalution criteria for all grant applications, except the Fishwick and Noverr Grants:

  • Abstract of presentation (submitted to area chair for approval).
  • A  statement about the thesis and scope of the presentation.
  • A brief discussion about the extent to which the presentation contributes to the study of Popular Culture or American Culture.
  • A statement about how this presentation will contribute to the applicant’s professional goals.
  • An abbreviated CV.*
*Except for the Douglas A. Noverr Grant, All of the grant applications will not require a full CV. The applications will ask for you to input text about your education, experience, employment, and accomplishments. It may be helpful for you to have your CV on hand as you fill out these applications.

 

CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION

Applications, with the exception of the Noverr Grant, will be evaluated on:

  • The quality of the proposal’s thesis and scope.
  • The extent to which the paper reflects on and contributes to the study of Popular Culture or American Culture.
  • The extent to which the presentation reflects the applicant’s future scholarly and professional goals.

These grants should be considered supplemental for presenting at the national conference. There are many applications received each year in each category. Applicants should  make financial arrangements to attend and present even if a grant is not awarded.

Below are the grants available for the 2020 conference. The links to the application forms are now available.

If you have any questions, please contact execdir@pcaaca.org

REMEMBER THAT YOU HAVE TO PAY YOUR 2020 MEMBERSHIP FEES IF YOU WANT TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A GRANT. You will not be able to access the application forms without doing this.

 

Michael Schoenecke Travel Grant  for graduate students and independent scholars to attend the PCA Annual Conference.

In 2020, The Endowment will award twenty-five grants of $500 each.

These travel grants are named after Michael Schoenecke of Texas Tech University, who for many years has provided dedicated leadership to the PCA/ACA organizations, national and regional,  and especially in terms of encouraging and supporting graduate student participation and hosting professional development sessions.

Applicants can be either M.A,Ph.D. level students or independent scholars. Applications are due November 1, 2019. 

Apply for the Michael Schoenecke Grant. 

 

THE JOHN BRATZEL TRAVEL GRANTS FOR ASSOCIATE AND FULL PROFESSORS TO PRESENT AT THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE

In 2020, The Endowment will award ten grants of $1000 each.

These travel grants are named after John Bratzel of Michigan State University, who was a leader in the PCA, holding virtually every office in the Association including Executive Director. He was instrumental in developing Popular Culture Associations around the world as well as professionalizing  the organization.This award encourages Associate and Full Professors to attend the conference so they might continue their research in our field, add to the robust networking opportunities at the meeting, and increase mentorship opportunities for members still early in their careers.

Applicants must have achieved the rank of Associate or Full Professor at a four-year college or university. Applications are due November 1, 2019. 

Apply for the John Bratzel Grant.

 

Peter Rollins Travel Grant- for early-career faculty to attend the PCA National Conference.

In 2020, The Endowment will award ten grants of $1000 each.

These travel grants are named after the late Peter Rollins of Oklahoma State University, who worked for many years in the nexus between Popular Culture, film, and history. He served as President of the PCA and was one of the founders of  the Southwest/Texas Regional PCA/ACA.

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.

Applications are due November 1, 2019. 

Apply for the Peter Rollins Grant. 

Diane Calhoun-French Travel grant For faculty at 2-year colleges to attend the PCA National Conference.

In 2020, The Endowment will award ten grants of $1000 each.

These travel grants are named in honor of Diane Calhoun-French, whose professional career has been dedicated to two-year colleges. She is the immediate past-president of the PCA and was one of the founders of the PCA in the South and continues to serve that organization in a leadership role. This PCA travel grant supports travel to the PCA National Conference by faculty working at 2-year colleges.  

To be considered for the 2-year college faculty travel grant, applicants must be employed at a 2-year college. They may be tenure-stream, non-tenure stream, or independent scholars.

Applications are due November 1, 2019. 

Apply for the Diane Calhoun-French Grant. 

THE MICHAEL AND MADONNA MARSDEN INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL GRANTS

In 2020, The Endowment will award seven grants of $1500 each.

These travel grants are named in honor of Michael Marsden and the late Madonna Marsden, who were both part of the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association from their formative years and throughout their careers. They have both been strong supporters of internationalizing the Popular Culture Association.

These travel grants, which are open to scholars at all levels, including graduate students, are intended to support travel to the national conference for individuals who are not residing in the United States, Mexico, or Canada.  Applicants should understand as well that these grants are not intended to support travel from Alaska, Hawaii, Canada or Mexico to the contiguous 48 states or vice versa. They are intended to facilitate the participation of international scholars outside of  of North America at the national meeting.  However, these travel grants are also available for North American scholars to participate in a PCA sponsored international conference.

Applications are due November 1, 2019. 

Apply for the Michael and Madonna Marsden Grant. 

Marshall Fishwick Travel Grant for academic travel to Popular Culture Studies / American Culture Studies Research Collections.

In 2020, The Endowment will award two grants of $1000 each.

These grants are named for the late Marshall Fishwick, one of the pioneers in the study of Popular Culture and American Culture; he was also one of the architects of the Popular Culture Association.

These grant opportunities are open to both international scholars and North American scholars.Those applying for a Fishwick grant must provide, in addition to the questions from other grants:

  • Identify the location of the specific Popular Culture Studies or American Culture Studies collection and its content
  • Provide a narrative statement of the overall focus, purpose, and research methodology for the planned research project
  • Provide reasons why on-site research at this collection is necessary  for the research project;
  • Indicate the specific outcomes, use or application, the research project (article, book, etc.), completion of dissertation,  curricular or course development, or exhibit.

Proposals will be evaluated on:

  • the quality of the proposed research project
  • the extent to which the project reflects and contributes to Popular Culture Studies and/or American Culture Studies
  • the proposed outcomes and usage of reseach results

Applications are due November 1, 2019. 

Apply for the Fishwick Grant.

THE DOUGLAS A. NOVERR GRANT FOR COLLECTION ENHANCEMENT OF INSTITUTIONS BUILDING POPULAR CULTURE AND AMERICAN CULTURE RESEARCH COLLECTIONS

In 2020, The Endowment will award one grant of $6000.

This grant is named for Douglas A. Noverr, who for many years led the Sports Area of the PCA and published extensively in that area. He has also served as President of the PCA, Director of the Endowment, and Director of the International PCA/ACA.

This grant is open to  both international and North American Institutions.

Applicantions must include, in addition to  the standard contact information, a narrative statement which details:

  • The overall focus, purpose, and scope of the project
  • Why  the collection to be built is significant and how it relates to Popular Culture Studies and/or American Culture Studies;
  • The projected outcomes, including identification of the target groups and how these individuals will benefit from this collection.  
  • The abbreviated CVs of the project leader and key staff.

Projects will be evaluated on

  • the quality of the proposed project
  • the extent to which the project reflects and contributes to the study of Popular Culture and/or American Culture
  • the proposed outcomes and usage of reseach results

All grant funds must be expended within an 18 month period following the award. The recipient of the award will be expected to send a brief statement (500 to 750 words) to the Endowment Director at the end of the project detailing what has been achieved.

Applications are due November 1, 2019. 

Apply for the Noverr Grant.