The Smith/Carlsen Grant for graduate students offers $500 funding plus complimentary registration toward attendance at the annual 2-day ALAN Workshop. Eligible applicants must be enrolled as full-time graduate students in a program focused on English Education, Literacy Education, and/or Young Adult Literature and must not have attended an ALAN Workshop previously. Membership in ALAN is required for consideration. One Smith/Carlsen Grant will be awarded annually, and each recipient may only receive the grant once.
Applicants should complete the grant application form (download below), which includes submission of an essay of no more than 1,000 words explaining what they hope to gain by attending this year’s ALAN Workshop, how they hope to use the experience in their studies and/or research, and how this experience will forward the work of Dora V. Smith and/or G. Robert Carlsen.
Applicants should also secure a letter from their academic advisor giving support and permission for ALAN Workshop attendance if the grant is received. Applicants are also welcome to secure optional letters of support from colleagues or university faculty members.
The deadline for application submissions is October 1 of the year of the Workshop to be attended, and the recipient will receive notification by October 15.
All recipients of Smith/Carlsen Grants are required to submit by December 31 an anecdotal report of your ALAN experience, including how the books received and knowledge gained will be put to use.
Criteria for Selection
- the applicant’s commitment to studying and promoting young adult literature for and with them
- the strength of the applicant’s understanding of the work of Dora V. Smith and/or G Robert Carlsen, and the description of how that work would be forwarded through attendance at the ALAN Workshop
- the strength of the applicant’s letters of support
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About the Smith/Carlsen Grant
The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN) established the Smith/Carlsen Grant in Spring 2015 to support the attendance of a graduate student working in English Education, Literacy Education and/or Young Adult Literature to attend the ALAN Workshop. The grant honors the contributions of Dora V. Smith and G. Robert Carlsen, whose knowledge of and passion for teacher education contributed to the field of Young Adult Literature.