ASR Grants & Awards

2017 Ralph A. Gallagher Travel Grant Competition

Grant Objective and Requirements:

Gallagher Travel Grants are awarded annually by ASR to members of the Association living outside the U.S. and graduate student members who seek funds to help defray the cost of staying at the ASR conference hotel to attend the Annual Meeting and to present their research.  International scholars traveling from a long distance may also request funds to help cover the cost of airfare.  Typically, a total of $6,000 is available to be awarded annually, and this amount is usually distributed among several of the leading applications in the year’s competition.  At the time of application, applicants must be members of the Association for the Sociology of Religion who will commit themselves to staying at the conference hotel a minimum of 2 nights and to participating in the entirety of the meeting.  Grant recipients may also be called upon to serve as a convener of a session other than the one at which they will present their paper.

Application Procedure:

Applicants should submit a single MS Word or PDF document containing their CV, an extended abstract of 1,000-1,500 words, a statement of their financial need, and evidence that they could afford to actually come to the meeting should a Gallagher Travel Grant be awarded (e.g., a letter from their institution indicating that their institution will partially subsidize the cost of the trip).  Applicants needing to acquire travel visas to travel to the United States may also wish to provide the names and addresses of their visa processing centers so that, in the event that they receive one of the Gallagher Travel Grants, a copy of the award letter can be sent directly to the visa processing centers.

All applications must be in English and submitted electronically as a single MS Word or PDF document to Jean Beaman, Chair of the International Liaison Committee, at by April 15, 2017, with copies also sent to the Executive Officer, Rachel Kraus, at, and the Program Chair, Di Di, at  Initial award decisions will be made shortly thereafter, providing international scholars with sufficient time to obtain their travel visas.

Evaluation Criteria and Grant Distribution Process:

The International Liaison Committee evaluates the applications of both graduate students and international members based on the quality and contribution of their papers.  The Committee gives priority to graduate students coming to the conference from outside the larger region where the conference is located (under the assumption that they will have higher travel costs) and to international applicants who have a research and publication record.  This committee then submits its recommendations to the Program Committee (i.e., the President, the Executive Officer, and the Program Chair), which makes the final decisions about allocating the funds.  In the past, recipients of these Gallagher Travel Grants have received between $250 and $500 off of the cost of their hotel rooms, but the International Liaison Committee may recommend awards between $500 and $1,000 in cases where the prospective grantee is traveling a long distance, is traveling from a lesser developed country (e.g., one listed in Category C of the World Bank’s classification of world economies), and/or promises, based on the quality of his/her paper, to make a significant contribution to the conference program.   No one receives Gallagher moneys in advance of the conference; instead, Gallagher Travel funds are applied to each applicant’s hotel bill at the time they check out from the hotel, or in the case where airline flights are subsidized, through a reimbursement after receipts are presented to the Executive Officer.