The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) Faculty Development Travel Award recognizes the excellent work of contingent faculty. According to the AAUP, contingent faculty are part-time and full-time faculty appointed off the tenure track (including lecturers, instructors, limited-term faculty, adjuncts, and independent scholars). 

This award recognizes an outstanding paper to be presented at our annual conference by a contingent faculty member. Entrants must be NCSA members and must present their paper in person at the annual conference; the winning paper will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines. The winner will receive $500 to defray the costs of attending the conference.  Entries can be from any discipline and may focus on any aspect of the long nineteenth century (the French Revolution to World War I), must be written in English or be accompanied by an English translation, and must be by a single author. Papers that are interdisciplinary are especially encouraged.

Submission of a paper is considered affirmation that the applicant does not have access to institutional support that would defray all attendance costs. Contingent faculty with accepted proposals should submit the completed paper to the conference program chair by January 1st. Final decision regarding the award will be announced by January 15th. The award check will be presented at the conference, and the NCSA Faculty Development Travel Award recipient will be recognized at the Business Meeting and in conference literature.

To apply for the Faculty Development Travel Award, please fill out the Travel Grant Cover Sheet and email it (with your completed conference paper) to    

Previous recipients of the Faculty Development Travel Award: 

  • Awarded in 2019–Camilla Murgia, who presented “Beyond the Unknown: Exploring the Foreign through Textiles and Wallpapers in Napoleonic and Restoration France” at the 2019 NCSA conference in Kansas City.