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 Travel Grants for ISA Meeting
Application Deadline: March 15, 2010

XVII World Congress of Sociology
Gothenburg, Sweden
July 11-17, 2010

The American Sociological Association has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in support of travel by U.S. sociologists to the XVII World Congress of the International Sociological Association (ISA) in Gothenburg, Sweden, July 11-17, 2010. Travel awards will be used to defray the costs of roundtrip airplane travel on U.S. carriers to the World Congress. The amounts of awards will vary, but no awardee will receive a grant in excess of the least expensive jet coach excursion fare from his/her gateway city to Gothenburg. This principle will enable the travel funds to support the highest possible number of grant recipients.

The ISA is the major international organization of sociologists, and the World Congress is therefore an important opportunity for U.S. sociologists to exchange ideas and scholarship on an international scale. 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. The ISA World Congress is convened only once every four years.

Eligibility requirements: 

To be eligible for support, you must:

  1.  Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States;
  2. Travel on U.S. flag-carriers in accordance with U.S. travel regulations (i.e., for most applicants, travel must be performed by or under a code-sharing arrangement with a U.S.-flag carrier, and tickets must bear the flight code of a U.S. based carrier. See NSF General Grant Conditions Guide, Section 10. Travel at <>); and
  3. Accepted applicants will sign a form agreeing to terms of the program and NSF rules and write a report on their ISA World Congress activities.
  4. Please note: Membership in ASA is NOT a requirement for the receipt of a travel award.

Recommendations for awards:

Will be made by the ASA Travel Grant Selection Committee, which will be composed of senior sociological scholars, ASA leaders, and Sally T. Hillsman (ASA Executive Officer and Principal Investigator). In ranking applications and making the general travel awards, the committee will focus on the nature, significance, and merit of the paper to be presented or of the role of the applicant to be played in the Congress. This includes an evaluation of the scientific contribution of the paper in the program session as well as the degree to which the paper (or role) represents a significant contribution to the program. 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 (graduate students, junior sociologists) and sociologists of color, women sociologists, and sociologists with disabilities receive travel support.


For the first time, applications for this travel support will be accepted online only. Please see <> for instructions and to submit your application on to the secure website. Applications must be received by midnight EST on March 15, 2010

The online application consists of two parts. Applicants for travel support are asked to provide:

  1. a description of the paper or other participatory role in the ISA World Congress;
  2. a statement of the scientific merit and potential of this activity (to the advancement of sociological work or knowledge);
  3. evidence of participation in the World Congress Program (e.g., a copy of a confirmation letter from a session organizer or some equivalent documentation);
  4. a brief curriculum vitae (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 for travel from other sources.


E-mail ASA at Awards will be announced no later than April 30, 2010.