The Nineteenth-Century Studies Association is dedicated to helping scholars of color share their research at our annual conference. To this end, the NCSA BIPOC Scholar Travel Award recognizes the excellent work of scholars who identify as Black, Indigenous, or other underrepresented people of color. This award is given to a BIPOC scholar whose conference paper demonstrates significant ingenuity, intervention, or promise in the field of nineteenth-century studies. The committee encourages applications from scholars at every level—graduate students, junior faculty, senior faculty, and independent researchers—who work on any topic from the long nineteenth century. The winner will receive $500 to defray the cost of attending the conference at which the scholar will present their work. The award check will be presented at the conference, and the recipient will be recognized at the business meeting and in conference literature.

Entrants must be current NCSA members who identify as BIPOC. Entrants must submit a completed paper with their award application (there will be a six-week window between notification of accepted proposals and deadline for the award, so please plan ahead accordingly). Entries can be from any academic discipline and focus on any aspect of the long nineteenth century. Abstracts must be written in English or accompanied by an English translation, and must be written by a single author. Interdisciplinary papers are especially encouraged. The winner must present their paper in person at the annual conference (virtual attendance is not eligible for the award). The winning paper will be selected by NCSA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which comprises scholars of the nineteenth century from diverse backgrounds, identities, and disciplines.

Conference presenters may only apply for one conference travel award in a given year.

January 15, 2024

To Apply
Scholars who identify as BIPOC and whose paper proposal has been accepted to the conference should fill out the Travel Grant Application and submit it as directed, along with their completed paper. All submissions will be acknowledged via email.

The winner will be notified by January 31, 2024.

Wendy Castenell,
Emily August,
Diversity and Inclusion Committee Co-Chairs

Previous Recipients

Amina Gautier, Associate Professor of English, University of Miami, “‘The Renaissance of Chivalry’: Remaking Race and Rewriting History in Charles Chesnutt’s The House Behind the Cedars.”

Asma Char, University of Exeter, “The New Woman in Britain and the Arab World at the Fin de Siècle: Early Feminism in a Global Context.”