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Tuesday, December 13, 2022

ICAF Lent Award Applications Now Open

Dear graduate student comics scholars,

Please consider applying for the International Comic Arts Forum's John A. Lent Scholarship in Comics Studies. Applications are Due Tuesday, December 20th. More information below.

Dec 20 is the deadline for students in comics studies to apply for the John A. Lent Award.

John A. Lent Scholarship in Comics Studies
International Comic Arts Forum

Due Tuesday, December 20

Applications are now being accepted for the John A. Lent Scholarship in Comics Studies competition from the International Comic Arts Forum. 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 apply.)

The Scholarship is subject to the condition that the recipient present a half-hour talk, based on her or his research, during the ICAF conference in Vancouver, April 20-23, 2023. The award consists of up to US $750 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 have been students since the last ICAF was held), or show acceptance into an academic program at the time of submission. The application for the 2023 Lent Scholarship is now open. The deadline to apply is December 20, 2022. 
The Scholarship competition is adjudicated by a three-person committee chosen from among the members of ICAF's Executive Committee. To apply, please submit the following to

  • 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. The recommender can email the letter directly to

PLEASE NOTE: 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.

DR. JOHN A. LENT is one of the leading proponents of the international study of comics, and of comics research within academia. Having lectured and taught on comics and mass communications all over the world, Dr. Lent is recognized as an authority and vital resource in comics studies; he has had an incalculable impact on the lives of students, fellow scholars, and comics creators worldwide.
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