Graduate Travel Funding

Graduate Travel Funding

To support our SCCT graduate students in their research and conference travel, SCCT anticipates awarding several grants of $750.


1. All applications must be sent to me at no later than March 15, 2019. We anticipate announcing the awards by March 22, 2019.
2. Only one entry per person is allowed.
3. Your application must include:
a. A cover sheet that includes your name, department, rank (MA, PhD) and confirmation that you are a formally declared as SCCT minor.
b. A brief conference or project abstract (no more than 500 words).
c. A brief explanation of how this travel will further your graduate career including how it connects to your dissertation/thesis interests or declared projects (no more than 500 words).
d. A detailed budget that includes explanation of how you will use funds. Identify other funds received for this travel.
4. If you are applying for conference travel, please note:
a. You must be presenting a paper/poster at a scholarly or professional conference.

b. You may apply while awaiting acceptance from conference organizers; however, funding is contingent upon evidence of acceptance

NOTE: You do not need to have completed your coursework to apply for these funding opportunities—formally declared minors at all stages of study are eligible—but you do need to have completed the Grad Path Plan of Study. Please contact SCCT program administrator Marcia Simon with questions:


We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2019 SCCT Graduate Student Travel grants! We received many strong applications, with three applicants tying for first place:

Rachel Rosenbaum, Anthropology
Focusing on the “post-war” generation in Beirut, Lebanon, I examine how growing up in the aftermath civil war (1975-1990) and a neoliberal post-war reconstruction period shapes subjectivity and how youth organize for political change. I specifically look at micropolitical practices among activists, environmentalists, urban heritage/public space advocates, and artists in this generation who seek to interrupt the persistence of violence in everyday life through recycling objects from wartime pasts and turning them into new objects and practices that may promise non-warring futures. Funding will be used for summer research.

Susana Sepulveda, Gender and Women’s Studies
My paper, La Merma—A Punk Transnational Politics of Refusal, asks how punk expressions along the U.S.-Mexico borderlands serve as sites to refuse and critique dominant social structures. I highlight the ways La Merma, a transnationally-based punk band from the U.S-Mexico border cities of Nogales, Sonora and Nogales, Arizona, navigates relations of power through their cultural practices. I argue that the band engages a transnational politics of refusal that moves across and blurs socio-cultural and national boundaries challenging notions of home and belonging. I will be presenting this paper at the 2019 NACCS conference.

Ruben Zecena, Gender and Women’s Studies
Focusing on the 2017 Trans Gay Caravan as a form of performative political intervention, this paper proposes the concept ‘migrating like a queen’ to shed light on how trans women and gay men forge fierce relationalities to survive the gendered and sexual violence of migration. Funding will be used to present at a national conference and work with important mentors in the field.