PCA/ACA

Applying for PCA Endowment Travel Grants

Individuals 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 July 1, 2018 and will close on November 1, 2018.  Every effort will be made to inform applicants of the status of their applications by early January, 2019. 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 once award decisions have been reached.

 

LINKS TO APPLICATION WEBFORMS ARE AVAILABLE BELOW

General notes about applying:

  • You must be logged into the PCA website to apply
  • ONLY APPLY FOR ONE GRANT. 
  • Applications must be submitted by November 1, 2018.
  • 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.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Required Materials  And Evaluation Criteria For All Grant Applications, Except The Fishwick and Noverr Grants

  1. Abstract of presentation (submitted to area chair for approval).
  2. A  statement about the thesis and scope of the presentation.
  3. A brief discussion about the extent to which the presentation contributes to the study of Popular Culture or American Culture.
  4. A statement about how this presentation will contribute to the applicant’s professional goals.
  5. A current CV (maximum of two pages).

Note: Statements for numbers 2, 3 and 4 should be limited to 250 words each. Applications should be provided in standard sized type faces with standard margins.

 

Criteria For Evaluation

Applications will be evaluating on:

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

Note

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.

 

Individual Grant Details

The Michael Schoenecke Travel Grants
For Graduate Students To Present At The National Conference

40 Awards To Be Made @ $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. or Ph.D. level students.

Apply for a Schoenecke Grant

 

The Peter Rollins Travel Grants
For Early-Career Faculty To Present At The National Conference

15 Awards To Be Made @ $1,000 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.

Applicants be must have received their terminal degree within the four years prior to the national conference  and can be either tenure-stream or non-tenure stream. But they must be employed as a teaching faculty member at a four-year college or university.

Apply for a Peter Rollins Grant

 

The John Bratzel Travel Grants
For Associate And Full Professors To Present At The National Conference

10 Awards To Be Made @ $1,000 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.

Applicants must have achieved the rank of Associate or Full Professor at a four-year college or university.

Apply for a John Bratzel Grant

 

The Diane Calhoun-French Travel Grants
For Faculty At Two-Year Colleges To Present At The National Conference

10 Awards To Be Made @$1,000 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.

Applicants must be employed at a two-year college. They may be either tenure-stream or non-tenure stream.

Apply for a Diane Calhoun-French Grant

 

The Michael And Madonna Marsden International Travel Grants
To Present At The National Meeting

15 Awards To Be Made @$1,500 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.

Apply for a Michael and Madonna Marsden Grant

 

The Marshall Fishwick Travel Grants
To Popular Culture Studies/American Culture Studies Research Collections

4 Awards To Be Made @ $1,000 Each

These grants are named for the late Marshall Fishwick, one of the pioneers in the study of Popular Culture and American Culture, and who was one of the founders of the Popular Culture Association.

These grant opportunities are open to both international scholars and North American scholars .In addition to the basic contact information required of all PCA grant applicants, those applying for a Fishwick grant must include the following additional information:

  1. Identify the location of the specific Popular Culture Studies or American Cultue Studies collection and its content;
  2. Provide a narrative statement of the overall focus, purpose, and research methodology for the planned research project;
  3. Provide reasons why on-site research at this collection is necessary  for the research project;
  4. 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: 1. the quality of the proposed research project; 2. the extent to which the project reflects and contributes to Popular Culture Studies and/or American Culture Studies, and 3. the proposed outcomes and use to which the research will be put.

Recipients of these awards 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 accomplished.   

Apply for a Marshall Fishwick Grant

 

The Douglas A. Noverr Grant For Collection Enhancement
Of Institutions Building Popular Culture And American Culture Research Collections

One Award Of Up To $7,500 Will Be Made

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:

  1. The overall focus, purpose, and scope of the project
  2.  Why  the collection to be built is significant and how it relates to Popular Culture Studies and/or American Culture Studies;
  3. What are the projected outcomes, including who and how individuals will benefit from this collection.   

The CVs of the project leader and key staff must be attached to the narrative.

Projects will be evaluated on: 1. the quality of the proposed project; 2. the extent to which the project reflects and contributes to the study of Popular  Culture and/or American Culture, and 3. the proposed outcome and use to which the research will be put.

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.

Apply for a Douglas Noverrr Grant