The African Studies Association is pleased to announce a new travel subsidy grant to support advocacy for international education and the humanities during these critical times. The threatened elimination of the NEH, the Executive Order on immigration, and the uncertainty of future funding for key international education programs, have prompted several major advocacy events to be organized in March of this year by academic organizations. The ASA believes it is critical for our members to be represented at these events and for the voices of the field of African Studies to be heard by representatives on the Hill as they prepare to make key decisions about funding for international education, the humanities, and higher-education as a whole.

 
The ASA will award two travel subsidies of $1000 to ASA members to facilitate their attendance at one of three advocacy events scheduled in Washington, DC, next month. These events are the NHA Annual Meeting and Advocacy Day, the Coalition for International Education Title VI/Fulbright-Hays Advocacy Conference, and the COSSA Science Policy Conference and Advocacy Day. Each event consists of a one day conference that will focus on advocacy strategies, information about federal funding, and more, as well as a day on Capitol Hill to meet with elected officials.
 
The ASA will provide the selected members with a $1000 subsidy to help cover the costs of registration, travel, and accommodation. The subsidy will likely not cover the entire amount of attending, and attendees will be responsible for any additional costs.
 
Applications can be submitted via this online form, and must be received by Friday, February 17. Deadline extended to Sunday, February 19. Successful applicants will be expected to attend the entirety of their selected conference, and to write a blog post about their experience.
 
All ASA members are encouraged to apply, but members from the following states are especially encouraged to apply, as your congressional representatives sit on key committees which determine federal funding for humanities and international education: Alaska, Alabama, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
 
If you have any questions, please contact the ASA at [email protected]