Awards and Financial Support

Travel Awards

The NeMLA graduate student travel awards is open each year to M.A. and Ph.D. students who have been accepted to present at NeMLA Convention.  Evaluation is based on the quality of the student’s abstract and the relevance of their topic in their respective fields. Applicants must email their accepted abstract and a 250 word statement of the presentation’s relevance to their field to between October 15 and December 1, 2017, for the 2018 Convention in Pittsburgh

Students can expect to hear from the Graduate Caucus by mid-January. 

Graduate Student Caucus Essay Awards

NeMLA awards an annual prize to the best graduate student paper presented at any of the Convention’s sections.

The submission deadline for the 2017 period is January 15, 2018. Only papers presented at a NeMLA convention between 2015 and 2017 by a graduate student (at the time of the convention) are considered. A cash prize of $100 will be awarded at the 2018 convention and the winner will receive mentorship on revising the essay. Prize-winning essays will automatically be considered for publication by Modern Language Studies; all essays are subject to MLS’s double-blind review.

Please send submissions meeting the criteria below to the Graduate Student Caucus Committee at

Criteria for all Caucus Essay Awards

Submitted essays should be between 7,000 and 9,000 words (MLS has a 10,000 word limit, notes and works cited included) and prepared anonymously. Unrevised paper presentations are not accepted and will be returned. The author’s name, address, and academic affiliation should appear only on a separate cover sheet; DO NOT include author’s name anywhere on the paper itself. Submissions should use MLA citation style. Submissions not meeting these criteria will not be considered for an award.



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