Graduate Awards

American Studies Graduate Student Research Awards (revised September 2023)

In 2023, UConn American Studies launched the American Studies Graduate Student Research Awards, the first research awards our program has been able to offer to graduate students. With more funding for the initiative this year, we will be inviting graduate students with specialization in American Studies (particularly those in the Certificate Program) to apply for funds related to their research once again.

The rewards are up to $1000 each and can be used for research travel, indexing, copyediting, permissions costs or other publication assistance, language acquisition, or other research-related needs. Priority consideration will go to junior faculty, but the funds are certainly not limited to junior faculty. Interdisciplinary research in American Studies or an intersecting field is preferred.

To apply, send a budget, a CV, and a 250-300 word description of the project and its status to Martha Cutter at by May 15th. The description should also disclose other sources of funding for the project. Applications will be reviewed by the American Studies Executive Committee.


Past Recipients


Nicole Weatherwax, History – awarded $1000 for proposed research project to travel to Big Rapids, MI to visit the Jim Crow Museum for research on lawn jockey statues

Tolonda Henderson, English – awarded $500 to present two papers on African American children’s literature at the Children’s Literature Association Conference in June 2023

Katie Peters, Philosophy – awarded $500 to present a conference paper at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in Summer 2023 titled, “Out-Group Arrogance and In-Group Servility in Far-Right American Women.”