Young Scholars and Activists Fellowship Program

The Working-Class STudies Association provides small grants to support early scholars and activists in attending our annual conferences through the WCSA Young Scholars and Activists Fellowship Program (YSAF) grant. The Fellowship’s intent is to support and encourage scholars, activists, and organizers early in their careers whose work has the potential for advancing Working-Class Studies as a field, and to help defray some costs in attending the WCSA Conference.

If you are interested in applying, please see application instructions below and send your completed application to The application form is available here 2020 Travel Grant Application.

  • Early career status is defined as being a graduate student, in the first year or two of a post-graduation academic job, or in the first year or two of a job as an activist or organizer.
  • Awardees will be chosen each year from among those whose conference proposals are accepted for presentation at the Working-Class Studies Association conference.
  • Conference attendance is required to receive the fellowship. Recipients will be reimbursed via Pay Pal or an American bank check.

To apply, please identify your career status and write a brief narrative (500 words) describing how your work contributes to the field.  Please send your application, including contact information, as a pdf to by February 20, 2020. Award notifications will be sent by April 15, 2020.

Those who would like to support this program may consider making a designated donation to our travel and/or YSAF funds. You may do so through Paypal.