The Society for the History of Technology normally awards some grants to support travel to its annual meeting. The program is focused on graduate students, independent scholars, and young professionals just beginning their careers, as well as SHOT International Scholars. Eligible members residing outside the US, Canada, and Western Europe are especially encouraged to apply.
The travel fund was initiated by Hugh Aitken in 1988 and has been supported by individual SHOT members, royalties from two anthologies of articles from Technology and Culture, and generous contributions from the Dibner Fund. Additional funds come from the National Science Foundation.
Travel grant funds may be used only for travel expenses and basic conference registration. Grant funds may not be used for tours, the awards banquet, lodging, or meals. SHOT grants are not meant to cover the full cost of attending meetings; they are intended as encouragement, not a complete subsidy. Reimbursement normally will be made upon submission of travel receipts to the SHOT secretary after the meeting; in exceptional circumstances reimbursement may be made in advance of the meeting.
Grants may range up to $750 for travel on the same continent (for example, to Pittsburgh, from within elsewhere in North America) and up to $1,000 for travel from a different continent. Under special circumstances, which should be explained in the application, the committee may make a larger grant for international travel. Amounts depend in part on the number of applications, and the committee may make partial awards.
Please note that HSS and 4S also award NSF grants and that you may not receive more than one travel grant in a calendar year. We regularly receive more grant requests than we can fulfill. Submitting this application does not guarantee that you will receive a grant.
SHOT's travel grants are intended to assist younger members of the field who face the most severe constraints in finding travel support. The committee considers applicants in this order of priority:
Current SHOT International Scholars
Scholars from outside the United States and Canada and Western Europe who are part of the annual meeting, without regard to their academic rank or position
Postdocs, independent scholars, temporary faculty, adjunct faculty, and part-time faculty (in all cases not more than five years past their terminal degree)
Members of the field who are currently unemployed
Retired members of the society
Assistant professors not more than six years past their Ph.D.
All travel grant recipients must be participating in the meeting program in some capacity. In order of descending priority, the committee will consider whether an applicant is:
Giving a paper and conducting society business, including organizing a session
Giving a paper, including at a "Works-in-Progress" session
Commenting at a session and doing society business
Commenting at a session
Moderating a session and doing society business
Doing society business (serving on a committee, etc.) or moderating a session
Current SHOT International Scholars are strongly encouraged to apply for travel support even if they are not on the program.
Only current SHOT members may apply. If you are not currently a SHOT member, you may join the society or renew an expired membership. If you are unsure of your current membership status, call the Johns Hopkins University Press Journal Division at 1-800-548-1784 (U.S. and Canada only) or (410) 516-6987 (all others) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Preference will be given to those who have not received a SHOT travel grant in the past.
Application forms are available in PDF or MS Word. E-mail applications are greatly encouraged. The completed application form must be emailed to email@example.comAND the SHOT office, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, the completed form may be mailed to:
Dept. of Science, Technology, & Society
University of Virginia,
PO Box 400744
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4744 USA
Graduate students must also have their adviser send an e-mail to the selection committee at email@example.comAND the SHOT office at firstname.lastname@example.org, certifying that the student is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program.
Deadline for applications and endorsements is 15 June 2012. The Secretary will notify recipients at the beginning of August.
Colin Agur, Columbia University
Alexandra Bekasova, European University at St. Petersburg, Russia
Lynn Berger, Columbia University
Andrew Bozanic, University of Delaware
Cari Casteel, Auburn University
Christina Dunbar-Hester, New York University
Leif Fredrickson, University of Virginia
Yulia Frumer, Princeton University
Francesco Gerali, National University of Mexico
Sophie Gerber, Deutsches Museum
Katie Day Good, Northwestern University
Hansen Hsu, Cornell University
Har Ye Kan, Harvard University
Nina Lorkowski, Deutsches Museum
Simeon Maravanyika, Wageningen University
Erinn McComb, Mississippi State University
Sharrona Pearl, University of Pennsylvania
Richard Perry, Elon University
Joanna Radin, University of Pennsylvania
Lisa Ruth Rand, University of Pennsylvania
Madhumita Saha, Iowa State University
Jaume Sastre-Juan, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Matteo Serafini, University of Bologna
Ignacio Siles, Northwestern University
Darla Thompson, Cornell University
Honghong Tinn, Cornell University
Leslie Tomory, McGill University
Henry Trim, University of British Columbia
Heidi Tworek, Harvard University
Jawn Tze-hin Lim, Harvard University
Liesbeth Van der Grift, Utrecht University
Patryk Wasiak, Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam
Peter Zelchenko, University of Chicago
For more information, please contact the committee chair or, the SHOT Secretary, Bernie Carlson, 434.987.6230, email@example.com.
The Society for the History of Technology
C/O Department of Science, Technology & Society;
University of Virginia
PO Box 400744;
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4744
fax: 1.434.975.2190 (please indicate "For SHOT" on the cover page)