|Downloadable pdf instructions for filling out PISF forms|
|Download fillable pdf application forms for travel awards|
Mini-Grants allow us to further encourage participation in ASAO sessions by Pacific Island scholars and extend our recognition for their valuable contributions--they provide meeting registration fee waivers and a year’s membership in ASAO.
|Download fillable pdf application form for mini-grant [form for applicant]|
|Download fillable pdf application form for mini-grant [form for session organizer]|
Both travel grants and mini-grants are awarded to Pacific Islander participants who are taking an active part in one or more sessions, by serving as organizer, presenting a paper, or making a presentation in another format.
Criteria for Selection for Travel Awards
PISF application deadlines for the 2014 meeting
(Island of Hawai‘i)
Travel grant applications must be received by October 1
Notifications to Travel Awardees: November 15
Travel awards must be accepted by December 15
The PISF committee would appreciate receiving Mini-Grant applications (from participant and organizer) by November 15.
Pacific Islands Scholars Fund
Report following the 2013 Meeting in San Antonio, Texas
This year’s PISF Committee consisted of Michael Goldsmith as member at large, Ping-Ann Addo as member at large, Susanne Kuehling as representative of the Board, and myself, Judith Schachter, as chair. We had a strong initial budget this year, thanks to donations, membership allocations, a generous contribution from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation's Heaney Family Fund, and Bill Mitchell’s gift of royalties from Clowning as Critical Practice. As in previous years, when we made our decisions we also kept in mind the importance of carrying over funds into subsequent years.
We had nine applications for Travel Awards, about the same as last year but not as many as we would like. All completed applications came in on the new due date of October 1, which gave us a good amount of time to review the materials. Criteria include the applicant’s description of research interests and contribution to the session; the type of session; the strength of the session organizer(s) letters; the applicant’s previous history of funding; and, the number of PI scholars in one session requesting support. These criteria served as a guide for our decisions. We expect a large number of applicants for the meetings in 2014.
Besides the travel funding, each recipient also received (from Board funds, not the PISF fund) $US200 toward accommodations, a year’s complimentary membership in ASAO, had her/his meeting registration fee covered, and was invited to the Board Luncheon on Thursday, February 7th.
The PISF has undergone some changes: I have resigned from the position of chair. Susanne Kuehling and Maria Lepowsky will share the chair position and Ping-Ann Addo will remain on the committee.