After holding conferences in Reading, Pa. (2010, 2014), Boston, Mass. (2012), and Columbia, S.C. (2016), The John Updike Society will travel abroad for the first time in in its brief history during the first week of June 2018. The 5th Biennial John Updike Society Conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade, in Serbia.
That may pose an economic hardship for some scholars, but relief is available through Schiff Travel Grants.
Thanks to a generous donation from The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation, the society will award up to four $1500 travel-to-conference grants for scholars under 40 to be able to attend the Serbia conference. Applicants need not be members at the time, but must join before grants can be paid.
In addition, up to three $1000 travel-to-conference grants will be awarded to society members needing assistance to be able to participate in the conference.
Both grants are merit- and need-based, and interested scholars should apply by November 30, 2017.
To apply, send a one-page proposal for a 15- to 20-minute paper appropriate for the conference, along with one paragraph about yourself, what grant you are applying for, and why the grant is important to you, to society president James Plath (firstname.lastname@example.org). The selection committee will make their decisions and announce successful applicants by the end of the first week of December 2017.