Travel Grants

Many thanks to those who donated

to the Constance Rourke Travel Fund

and Center for Mark Twain Studies Travel Fund


American Humor Studies Association

Center for Mark Twain Studies

Mark Twain Circle of America

Penn State University Press

University of Missouri Press


Courtney Bates

Jessyka Finley

David Gillota

Maggie Hennefeld

Larry Howe

Beck Krefting

Judith Yaross Lee

Jeffrey Melton

Linda Morris

Brian O’Sullivan

Teresa Prados-Torreira

Tracy Wuster

We are excited to offer two travel grants for the conference: the “Constance Rourke Travel Grant” which is available to all graduate students, and the “Center for Mark Twain Studies Award,” which is available to all graduate students presenting on Mark Twain.

To apply:

Graduate students may apply for travel funds by including the following information with their paper, panel, and/or roundtable proposal: desire to receive travel funds, grad school name, grad school status (classwork, ABD, final year, etc.), and type of institutional support your school will provide for attending.  You do not need to apply for a specific grant–we will determine support and inform you of the decision.

We will provide funding for as many graduate students as possible, with awards to scholars available to scholars working in all areas of humor studies and Mark Twain studies.  Scholars will receive their payment at the conference.

Constance Rourke Travel Grants

Named in honor of a key figure in the early study of American humor, this travel grant is supported by individual members of the American Humor Studies Association and Mark Twain Circle in order to promote graduate student work in the fields of humor studies and/or Mark Twain studies.


Center for Mark Twain Studies Award

The Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College has generously donated $500 to be used for graduate students presenting on Mark Twain to attend the conference.  This award is one part of the Center’s goal of promoting the study of Mark Twain through endeavors like the International Conference on Mark Twain Studies, the Trouble Begins lecture series, Quarry Farm Fellowships, and the  

Donate to the Travel Grant Fund:

The AHSA and MTC need the help of established scholars to make these travel grants happen.  You can donate money when you register for the conference, or you can donate right here and now.

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Thank you to the organization that provided support for the 2018 Conference:


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