Jerry Bentley World History Travel Grants

The grant period has passed. Please apply starting next September for the 2018 annual meeting in Washington, DC.

Jerry BentleyThe Jerry Bentley World History Travel Grants were established in 2016 by a generous donation from Bentley’s widow, Carol Mon Lee, in honor of his tireless efforts to promote the field of world history, and his signal contributions to it. A professor at the University of Hawai'i, Jerry Bentley (December 9, 1949–July 15, 2012) was one of the leading figures in the world history movement and the founding editor of the Journal of World History. The Jerry Bentley World History Travel Grants are awarded annually to support travel to the AHA annual meeting for graduate students who include world history among their major or minor fields of academic study. Grantees enrolled at a university in the state of Hawai'i will receive twice the standard grant amount. Note: Grant amounts are recommended annually by the executive director based on the fund balance and average around $200–$400. See the list of past recipients.

Eligibility

Only graduate student members of the Association are eligible to apply for the Jerry Bentley World History Travel Grants, regardless of participation in the meeting program. Preference will be given to those who include world history among their major or minor fields of academic study. Please note: No individual is eligible to receive more than one travel grant. Up to two applicants from institutions in the state of Hawai'i will receive double the standard grant amount.

Application Process and Deadline

The AHA has partnered with Interfolio to manage our research grant application process. Applying through Interfolio is FREE for applicants. When submitting an application, if you don't already have an account with Interfolio, you will be asked to set up an account and create a password, but you will NOT be charged any fee to create the account.

Applications must be submitted through Interfolio by November 1 each year. Mailed, e-mailed, or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Applications must include

  • CV (two pages maximum)
  • statement of no more than 250 words describing how the applicant would benefit from attending the annual meeting

Selection Process

A selection committee reviews applications each fall, and applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by e-mail in early December. Please, no phone calls.

Requirements

Successful applicants will be expected to write a 250-word reflection on a session they attended at the annual meeting. Reflections should not be a summary but rather a provocative and interesting reaction. Successful applicants will also be expected to give a presentation at their institution on their annual meeting experience.

Award Distribution

Grantees will receive payments after submitting travel receipts and a 250-word reflection on a session attended at the meeting.

For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.