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ISA Travel Support Program
Travel Grants for ISA Meeting
Call for Applications

XVIII World Congress of Sociology
Yokohama, Japan, July 13-19, 2014


The American Sociological Association (ASA) invites applications for travel support to the XVIII World Congress of the International Sociological Association (ISA) in Yokohama, Japan, on July 13-19, 2014. ASA received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) effective January 1, 2014, in support of travel by U.S. sociologists to this important international meeting.

Travel awards may only be used to defray the costs of jet economy round-trip airfare between the awardee’s home or institution and Tokyo (Yokohama, the site of the World Congress is less than 20 miles from Tokyo). Costs for trains, taxis, and other local travel will not be covered under this grant, nor will meals and lodging.

NSF Travel guidelines set forth in F.L. 26, "Administration of NSF Conference or Group Travel Award Grant Special Conditions," dated January 14, 2013, are applicable. See

Eligibility:  To be eligible for travel support under this grant, applicants must:

  1. Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States;
  2. Complete an online application form that provides (a) contact information and a description of: (b) a scientific paper accepted by one of the ISA program committees, and/or (c) other significant participatory roles in the organization of the Congress;
  3. Provide evidence of participation in the ISA program in the form of a confirmation letter of the acceptance of a paper, invitation letters, and so forth; and
  4. Provide a 2-page copy of their resume.

Please note: Membership in ASA is NOT a requirement for the receipt of a travel award.

Online Application Form:

See for instructions and to submit your application on to the secure website. Applications must be received by 12:00 pm EST on March 14, 2014

The online application form seeks two general types of information:

  1. Contact information and other basic information such as faculty rank, student status, or other professional position, and the amount of travel funding requested; and
  2. Materials about the applicant and the applicant’s role in the World Congress in the form of narratives on the following (to be entered as word documents): 

For paper presentations:

  1. Background and objectives of paper (maximum 100 words);
  2. International, comparative, global, or transnational implications of research being presented (maximum 100 words);
  3. Theoretical or conceptual framework (maximum 100 words);
  4. Research methods (including description of data and data collection methods) (maximum 200 words);
  5. Conclusions, scholarly or scientific merit, and implications (maximum 200 words); and
  6. Citations: (If references are cited, they must be included).

Other participating roles:

Aside from paper presentations, acceptable participation at the World Congress includes: preparing an invited address, organizing/chairing a Research Committee session, or having another governance role in the ISA. Applicants should fully describe (a) their role in the ISA World Congress, and (b) the scholarly or scientific merit and implications of their participation for the internationalization of sociology.

Statements confirming participation in the World Congress and a 2-page resume

The online form also asks applicants to upload a: (a) statement confirming their participation in the World Congress, and (b) 2-page resume.

Applicants who receive awards must sign a form agreeing to terms of the Travel Support Program, which include acknowledging the NSF travel support in any papers or publications derived from participation in the World Congress. After attending the Congress, award recipients must submit a brief report on their World Congress activities along with a copy of their airfare ticketing receipt.

Criteria for Ranking of Awards: A Selection Committee of sociological scholars will be established by the ASA Executive Office to evaluate and rank the applications for awards. In ranking applications for awards, the Selection Committee will be guided by several broad principles:

  1. The significance of the paper to be presented or the role to be played in the World Congress, including an assessment of the scientific merit of the paper as well as the degree to which the paper (or role) represents a significant contribution to the program.
  1. ASA will seek a balance in the travel awards to ensure that scholars at all levels of experience and at all types of institutions receive travel support. Recent PhDs and junior scholars (including graduate students) who show promise and productivity will be given special consideration, because they are less likely to be able to fund their own travel. The American Sociological Association has long been a leader in expanding opportunities for underrepresented minorities and women. As part of achieving balance in allocating awards, the Selection Committee will uphold these principles with respect to gender, race and ethnicity, disability status, rank, and type of institution.
  1. Preference will be given to those who have not received prior travel grants through ASA.

Questions? E-mail  Jordan Robison at Awards will be announced no later than April 30, 2014.