Professional Development Opportunities
Graduate Student Travel Grant

Applications for the 2018 AERA Division J Graduate Student Travel Grant are now available. The Travel Grant provides 11 graduate students with a $300 stipend (with one stipend earmarked for an international graduate student). The application deadline is January 8, 2018 and winners will be announced on March 1, 2018. 

2018 Graduate Student Travel Grant Application

Emerging Scholars Workshop

2017 AERA Division J Emerging Scholars Workshop 

“Becoming Scholars in Trying Times: Cultivating Agency and Action in the Academy"

This workshop's participants are crafting research and scholarship in the aftermath of the U. S. presidential election of Donald J. Trump, a reality TV star who campaigned on bigotry, hate, and unachievable promises. In the popular Emerging Scholars Workshop, Division J will offer several sessions that contextualize topics related to the academic profession within the current moment of U.S. authoritarianism and uncertainty. This pre-conference workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 26 (beginning at 9 am) through Thursday, April 27 (ending at noon). 

Over the course of this workshop, participants will engage with one another, and senior scholars in the field, on such topics as: articulating and advancing career goals, pursuing critical scholarship, examining career options at different types of institutions, maximizing publication success, survival and self-care, and building a long-term career. Participants will also receive detailed feedback on their CVs, and will hear about preparing for the hiring and promotion process at different types of institutions.

This workshop is intended for doctoral students and early-career junior faculty members. If selected for participation, participants will be asked to pay a $75 participation fee, which will help defray the costs of food, workshop materials, and room rental.

All prospective applicants are asked to complete an online application which is available at the following link:

The Emerging Scholars Workshop co-chairs are James Earl Davis (Temple University) and T. Elon Dancy II (University of Oklahoma). Any questions about the workshop should be forwarded to Elon at

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