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Frequently Asked Questions About the ISA Travel Support Program
Travel Grants for ISA Meeting

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

  1. Who is the contact person at ASA for the ASA Travel Support Program?
    Jordan Robison is the ISA Travel Support Coordinator for 2014. He may be reached at or at, or by phone at (202) 383-9005 x334.

  2. What do I need to do to apply for an award?
    Complete the online application form. Applications are accepted only through the online application system. Also, see the Call for Applications.

  3. What is covered under the award?
    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.

  4. Can I apply for funding if I am in the U.S. on a student visa?
    No. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. are eligible to receive funding.

  5. Are joint awards made for collaborators on a paper?
    No. Awards are made only on an individual basis.

  6. Do I need to submit the application through the online system in one session?
    No, you may save a session and return to it as many times as you need. However, you must submit the final application by NOON on March 14, 2014 (12:00 pm EST)

  7. How do I know that my application has been submitted successfully?
    You will receive an email confirmation that your application has been successfully submitted. If you do not receive such a confirmation, contact Jordan Robison at

  8. When will I be notified if I won an award?
    ASA will announce awards no later than April 30, 2014.

  9. Do I need to fly to the conference on a U.S. Carrier?
    No. The NSF guidelines only specify that awards will be used to defray the costs of jet economy round-trip airfare between the awardee's home or institution and the conference site. See

  10. Can I use award money to buy an upgrade to business class ticket?
    No. Your airfare ticket/receipt must show that an economy roundtrip airfare was purchased. You will need to provide this receipt if you accept an award. See

  11. How much will grants be?
    The typical award will be approximately $1,000 for applicants travelling from the U.S.

    Amounts of awards vary, however based on factors such as the request of individual applicants (some receive support from other sources) and status (students and junior scholars receive awards at a level enabling them to travel).

    In general, the approach used to allocate funds among individual winners is to provide the widest possible base of support within the dollars available (i.e., funding to more individuals, rather than concentrating higher levels of support to fewer individuals).

  12. Can I apply for funding if I am working or studying abroad?
    Yes, if you are studying or working outside of the U.S., you may travel to the World Congress from destinations abroad (providing you fulfil other applications requirements).

  13. Are there date restrictions for arrivals and departures in Tokyo?
    While there are no date restrictions on travel to and from the World Congress, we suggest a reasonable span of time for travel. For example, arrival some days before and staying on in Japan for some days after the World Congress is acceptable.

  14. Do I need to travel directly to Tokyo from my home?
    Unless you are working or studying outside of the U.S., your airfare/ticket receipt must show Tokyo as the destination city.