Southern Historical Association Graduate Student COVID-19 Micro-grants

The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped our personal and professional lives in ways few of us would have imagined mere months before. We now work remotely as university instruction has gone online and travel has been indefinitely postponed. Graduate students, too, have been impacted by these unprecedented global events—degree milestones are conducted online, archival and library access is curtailed, and networking events are limited to the virtual realm.

In response to COVID-19, SHA's Graduate Student Council and Secretary-Treasurer's office have collaborated to create micro-grants for graduate students to write reflective pieces for our blog about their research, teaching, and lives under the shadow of the pandemic. Graduate school can be lonely and isolating under the best of circumstances and, for many, the pandemic has exacerbated these feelings. While we are sheltering in place, the blog will provide a forum for graduate students to discuss a diverse array of personal and professional experiences and will remind us all that we are not alone in this time of global disruption.

Directions: To apply, graduate students at any stage in their career (M.A. and Ph.D.) should first submit a cv and a one-paragraph pitch to manager@thesha.org. Pitches will be vetted and edited by Journal of Southern History editors and staff. We encourage creative approaches, including the use of first-person narratives, graphics, poetry, music, and other non-traditional forms. If accepted for publication, a $150 honorarium will be provided to the author. Final submissions should be no more than 1,500 words in length. The pitch deadline is May 1 with expectation of final submission by May 15. Successful applicants are expected to be members of the SHA.

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