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Travel Grants

Updated 24 October 2021

To support travel to the annual SHOT meeting, participants can apply for travel grants, as follows.

Section A: SHOT Travel-Fund Grants

SHOT’s own grant program is open to those who are not eligible for SHOT-NSF grants, with descending priority as follows:

  1. Current SHOT International Scholars;
  2. Graduate students who are not US citizens or enrolled at a US institution;
  3. Scholars from outside the US, Canada, and Western Europe who are part of the annual meeting, without regard to their academic rank or position;
  4. Postdocs, independent scholars, temporary faculty, adjunct faculty, and part-time faculty (in all cases not more than five years past the terminal degree);
  5. Members of the field who are currently unemployed;
  6. Retired members of the society;
  7. Assistant professors not more than six years past Ph.D. conferral.

Applicants are only eligible for a SHOT travel grant when they participate in the annual meeting program in some capacity. In descending priority, the committee will consider whether an applicant is:

If you meet these criteria, please apply through the SHOT Travel Fund link above.

SHOT Travel-Fund Grants 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 considered in advance of the meeting.

Grants may range up to $750 for travel on the same continent (for example, to Milan from within elsewhere in Europe) 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.

The SHOT 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.

Section B: SHOT-NSF Travel Grants

Eligibility for SHOT-NSF money is only for people who are participating in the meeting in some way (i.e., as a presenter, chair, Society governance, etc.) _and_ who fit one of the following three categories:

  1. graduate students who are either US citizens or enrolled at US institutions, or
  2. recent PhDs (received within previous 5 years) who are either US citizens or enrolled at US institutions, or
  3. independent scholars who are either US citizens or enrolled at US institutions.

If you meet these criteria, please apply via the link posted here. It is not possible to submit applications for the 2021 meeting anymore. These grants are administered by our colleagues at the History of Science, though SHOT itself reviews the applications and determines the awards.

SHOT-NSF travel grants cover only (part) of cost of transportation to and from the conference and the cost of meeting registration. Travel grants do not cover the costs of transportation during the meeting, food, or lodging. Travel grants will be disbursed after the meeting in the form of reimbursements. Grant recipients will be responsible for filling out reimbursement forms and providing receipts for all claimed expenses – further details will come in award letters. Maximum awards: $750 for domestic travel and $1000 for international travel

Please note that recipients of SHOT-NSF travel grants will need to follow certain regulations; most important, only tickets on US-flag airlines are eligible for reimbursement, so for this grant, you MUST arrange travel on a US-flag airline!  Further details will come in the award letters. Please note that HSS and 4S and other societies run related NSF travel-grant programs, and that no person may receive more than one NSF-funded conference-travel grant per calendar year.

Section C: WITH and EDITH Travel Awards

WITH Conference Grants 2021

The Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Special Interest Group (SIG) for Women in Technological History (WITH) announces its conference grant for 2021. Designed to defray some costs associated with attending the SHOT Annual Meeting (such as lodging, meals, childcare, and other incidental expenses), the grant is open to individuals giving a paper at the 2021 conference in New Orleans, whether in person or online. The reviewing committee prioritizes both work by women-identified scholars and feminist scholarship that addresses the presence, actions, activism, and analysis of women and gender in the History of Technology. Scholars who are new to SHOT and graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply.

Awardees typically receive a check for $250 with the possibility of additional funds depending on stated need and WITH’s resources. Winners will be recognized in New Orleans at the joint breakfast of WITH and the HSS Women’s Caucus.

To apply, please send 1) a cover letter that incorporates a brief abstract and explains how your application fulfills the grant criteria, a brief budget of anticipated expenses associated with your trip to New Orleans or your virtual participation, and a list of any other grants or funding that may offset these expenses, 2) evidence that your paper has been accepted by the SHOT program committee, and 3) a one page curriculum vitae.  The application deadline for the WITH Conference Grant 2021 has passed. It is not possible to submit applications for the 2021 meeting anymore.

Scholars with higher travel expenses may be able to piece together funds from the WITH Conference Grant with a SHOT Travel Grant or conference grants offered by other Society SIGS and should feel free to apply for multiple applicable grants.

Committee Members:

Julie Cohn, University of Houston
Whitney Laemmli, Carnegie-Mellon University
Alan Meyer, Auburn University
Corinna Schlombs, Rochester Institute of Technology

EDITH Conference Support Awards

The Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Special Interest Group Exploring Diversity in Technology’s History (EDITH) announces its conference grant program for 2021. The EDITH Conference Support Awards are designed to defray costs associated with participating in the SHOT annual meeting, typically lodging, meals, and other incidental expenses. Eligibility is
open to individuals giving a paper at the 2021 SHOT annual meeting in New Orleans.

EDITH was founded in 2012 with the dual aims of supporting scholars and scholarship currently underrepresented in the history of technology and at SHOT. EDITH works toward incorporating insights from the fields of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and disability studies – and growing attention to the intersectionality of such categories – into the scholarship of the history of technology and providing an intellectual home within SHOT to a broad range of scholars.

The EDITH Conference Support Award prioritizes promoting the participation of: presenters with incomplete funding from other sources, presenters who are new to SHOT, graduate students, presenters belonging to any group underrepresented in SHOT, and scholars whose paper seeks to provoke analysis of difference, diversity, power, alterity, intersectionalities, etc. in
the history of technology. Preference will be given to those who have not received funding from EDITH in recent years.

EDITH grants typically range from $250 to $300, with the possibility of additional funds depending on an applicant’s stated need, the number of applications, and EDITH’s resources. These grants will be presented in the form of a check at the annual meeting, with recognition at the EDITH luncheon meeting.

To apply for the EDITH conference support award, please fill out the online EDITH Conference Award App Form and attach the following documents: a cover letter explaining how you will contribute to “Exploring Diversity” in SHOT; a brief budget outlining anticipated total expenses associated with your trip, including travel; an abstract of your proposed paper with evidence that it has been accepted by the SHOT program committee; and a one-page curriculum vitae. All application materials should be sent to Rachel Maines at [email protected] The application deadline is September 15, 2021 (decisions by late September). It is not possible to submit applications for the 2021 meeting anymore.

If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Maines at  [email protected], EDITH Convener Prasad Venugal ([email protected]), or EDITH Scribe Alana Staiti ([email protected]). We encourage applicants to apply for a SHOT travel grant if eligible, and/or awards offered by other Special Interest Groups (SIGs), as funding from more than one source can sometimes be combined.

For information on SIGs, see: https://www.historyoftechnology.org/special-interest-groups/

NEW, for East Asia student, 2022:

D. Kim Foundation Traveling/Research Grant: Several grants (up to $2,500 each) will be awarded annually to scholars who are traveling for short-term research projects (less than a month). All applications must include the description of the research purpose and the detailed outline of budget (travel, accommodation and library fees, if applicable). Travel must be made between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. If a recipient receives another grant, he/she must report it to the foundation. Deadline for submission: December 1, 2021.

D. Kim Foundation Conference/Workshop Grant (NEW): Several grants (up to $2,500 each) will be awarded twice a year to scholars who plan to present papers at international conferences or workshops. All applications must include the abstract (or paper), and a detailed outline of budget (transportation, lodging, and registration).  If possible, they should also include a letter from conference/workshop organizers confirming that the proposed paper or panel has been accepted.  While applications will still be considered if such confirmation is not yet available, no grant payment will be made until official confirmation of acceptance has been provided. If a recipient receives another grant, he/she must report it to the foundation.

Deadline 1 (May 1, 2021), if the meeting is held between July1, 2021 and January 31, 2022.

Deadline 2 (December 1, 2021), if the meeting is held between February 1 and June 30, 2022.

Application starts with an online form


2021 Travel Grant Committee

Paul Josephson (2018-2021) Geoff Zylstra (2021-2023)
Lee Vinsel (2021-2023) Amy Bix (ex officio)

For more information, please contact the SHOT Secretary’s office at [email protected].