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XVI World Congress of Sociology, Durban, South Africa, July 23-29, 2006

“The Quality of Social Existence in a Globalizing World”

Travel Grants for ISA Meeting - Applications Are Due March 31, 2006

The American Sociological Association expects to receive a $45,000-grant from the National Science Foundation to provide travel funds to U.S. sociologists to attend the XVI World Congress of the International Sociological Association (ISA) in Durban, South Africa, July 23-29, 2006. Travel support to the ISA World Congress will enable U.S. sociologists at all career stages to participate in an international conference that fosters scientific communication, research, and exchange (see Vantage Point article on page 2 of this issue). Because the ISA World Congress is convened only once every four years, it is especially important to ensure that U.S. sociologists remain a strong presence at ISA without interruption.

In addition, ASA expects to receive additional funding from the NSF Office of International Science and Engineering to support travel to the ISA specifically for U.S. sociologists who are actively collaborating with scholars in Africa so they can meet with their African collaborators while in Africa. In addition to support for travel to the ISA Congress, funding for this group of U.S. sociologists can include travel support to elsewhere in Africa to meet with their scientific collaborators before or after the ISA if such a meeting will not occur during the ISA Congress.

Travel awards will be used to defray the costs of round-trip airplane travel to the ISA on U.S. carriers. Membership in ASA is not a requirement for the receipt of a travel award.

The ASA Selection Committee will be composed of senior sociological scholars, ASA leaders, and Sally T. Hillsman, ASA Executive Officer and Principal Investigator for the grant. At least one member of the Selection Committee will have experience with collaborative scholarship with African scientists.

In ranking applications and making the general travel awards, the Selection Committee will focus on the nature and significance of the applicants’ participation in the ISA Congress. In allocating these funds, attention will be paid to ensuring broad participation and to balancing applicant qualifications so that scholars at all levels of experience will receive travel support. Junior sociologists, sociologists of color, women sociologists, and sociologists with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For travel awards for U.S. sociologists collaborating with African colleagues, applicants must be attending the ISA but do not have to be presenting a paper at the Congress, and the Selection Committee will focus on the nature and significance of applicants’ collaboration with African scientists.

Applicants for general travel support should provide: (1) a description of the paper or other participatory role in the organization of the ISA Congress; (2) a statement of the scientific potential of this activity (to the advancement of sociological work or knowledge); (3) evidence of participation in the ISA Program (e.g., a copy of a confirmation letter from a session organizer or some equivalent documentation); (4) a brief curriculum vita (not more than two pages) indicating that the applicant is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States; and (5) a travel support request, including any funding expected from other sources.

For applicants requesting travel support from the Office of International Science and Engineering, please provide: (1) a description of the scholarly work under way with African scholars; (2) a statement of the scientific potential of your attendance at the ISA Congress; (3) a brief curriculum vita (not more than two pages) indicating that the applicant is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States; and (4) a travel support request, including any funding expected from other sources.

All applicants should send six copies of the application material to ISA Travel Grants, American Sociological Association, 1307 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005. Applications must be received by March 31, 2006. Awards will be announced no later than April 30, 2006.

Consult ASA’s main homepage www.asanet.org for more details.