The International Comic Arts Forum (ICAF) is proud to hold each year
the John A. Lent Scholarship in Comics Studies competition. The Lent
Scholarship, named for pioneering teacher and researcher Dr. John
Lent, is offered to encourage student research into comic art. ICAF
awards the Lent Scholarship to a current student who has authored, or
is in the process of authoring, a substantial research-based writing
project about comics. (Preference is given to master's theses and
doctoral dissertations, but all students of comics are encouraged to
The Scholarship is subject to the condition that the recipient present
a half-hour talk, based on her or his research, during ICAF, held this
year September 29 - October 1 at the Center for Cartoon Studies in
White River Junction, VT. The award consists of up to US$500 in kind
to offset the cost of travel to and/or accommodations at the
conference. A commemorative letter and plaque are also awarded. No
cash is awarded.
Applicants must be students, or must show acceptance into an academic
program, at the time of application. For example, applicants for ICAF
2011 would have to show proof of student status for the academic year
2010-2011, or proof that they have been accepted into an academic
program beginning in academic year 2011-2012.
The Scholarship competition is adjudicated by a three-person committee
chosen from among the members of ICAF's Executive Committee.
Applications should consist of the following written materials, sent
electronically in PDF form:
* A self-contained excerpt from the project in question, not to
exceed twenty (20) double-spaced pages of typescript.
* A brief cover letter, introducing the applicant and explaining
the nature of the project.
* The applicant's professional resume.
* A brief letter of reference, on school letterhead, from a
teacher or academic advisor (preferably thesis director), establishing
the applicant's student status and speaking to her/his qualifications
as a researcher and presenter.
PLEASE NOTE that applications for the Lent Scholarship are handled
entirely separately from ICAF's general Call for Proposals. Students
who submit abstracts to the general CFP are welcome to apply
separately for the Lent Award.
The deadline for the next Lent Scholarship is June 10, 2011. Please
send application materials via email to José Alaniz
(firstname.lastname@example.org) of the ICAF Executive Committee.
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For more on this year's ICAF conference, see