The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) is pleased to announce the 2013 Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies. Funded through the generosity of the late Professor Zola’s colleagues at Brandeis University, this annual award recognizes excellence in research and writing that shares the values and commitment to disability studies exemplified by Irving K. Zola’s life and scholarship.
- The Zola Award is given to an emerging scholar in disability studies. A typical nominee completed a Ph.D. within the past seven years and does not yet have tenure. However, applications will also be accepted from independent scholars with or without degrees and those who received their degrees earlier but only recently moved into the area of disability studies. Emerging scholars who work in non-academic settings are also welcome to apply. Anyone who is currently enrolled in a graduate degree program or who has less than seven years of career experience in the field of Disability Studies is eligible to apply.
- The research submitted must be relevant to disability studies, which we define broadly to include the examination of concepts and values related to disability in all forms of cultural representation throughout history, as well as analyses which deepen our understanding of the personal and social dimensions of the lived experience of disability.
- In a given year, an applicant may submit only one paper for consideration.
- Past awardees are not eligible to apply.
- Individuals who submitted papers unsuccessfully in past years may apply again.
The winner will receive:
- a financial award of $350;
- conference registration for the SDS 2013 conference;
- an opportunity to present his or her work at the SDS 2013 conference;
- publication of the winning piece in Disability Studies Quarterly
- the possibility of a public presentation at Brandeis University; and
- a certificate of recognition.
All manuscripts must be submitted by February 1, 2013. The 2013 recipient of the award will be announced on or around April 15.
To be considered for the competition, all manuscripts must adhere to the following criteria:
- its overall length must not exceed 30 pages (double spaced, 12 point font);
- citations should follow the formatting appropriate for the author’s field of study;
- it must be written in English;
- it must be available in alternative formats (e.g., large print, Braille, audiotape) upon request of the Awards Committee;
- it must have content reflecting on a topic relevant to disability studies;
- it must be written by a single author who is also primarily responsible for the research described.
- it must not have been previously published.
Materials sent via USPS should be sent as registered mail to Executive Office, Society for Disability Studies, 107 Commerce Centre Drive, Suite 204, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA.
Award criteria can also be found at disstudies.org. Send questions about either the Senior Scholar or Zola Award to: firstname.lastname@example.org .