Call for Proposals: Harlan Hahn and Dennis Lang Awards for Disability Studies – Spring 2013

The UW Disability Studies Program is pleased to offer two scholarly awards for students:

  • Dennis Lang Award for UW undergraduate and graduate students (up to $500)
  • Harlan Hahn Student Scholarship for UW undergraduate and graduate students ($500 – $5000)

Student proposals will be considered for both the Lang and Hahn scholarship awards, but students cannot win both awards in the same academic year. All deadlines are Monday, May 13 by 5 p.m.

The Dennis Lang Award and the Harlan Hahn Scholarship are merit-based monetary awards for undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Washington who demonstrate promise in the field of Disability Studies.

Applicants should have
• a minimum 3.0 GPA in Disability Studies courses or equivalent demonstration of academic excellence in areas related to disability studies (including, for instance, courses taught as a graduate teaching assistant or scholarly work conducted as a graduate research assistant)
• evidence of commitment to issues of social justice related to people with disabilities (e.g., work, volunteer or activist experiences, academic outreach) and/or disability studies scholarship.
(The Lang award is for students who “embody Dennis’ spirited commitment to and academic excellence in field of Disability Studies”; the Hahn award is for scholarship in the field of disability studies.)

Award funds may be used for:
• Travel to conferences as a participant or as a presenter
• Support for academic research projects (e.g., surveys, incentives for subjects, books)
• Development or support for activist endeavors (e.g., web development, meeting support, etc.)
• Assistance with accessibility issues
• Other academic/activist goals pertaining to disability studies

To apply, please submit:
• a personal statement that includes a) a brief proposal for how the funds will be used; b) a statement about how the applicant exemplifies the award criteria; and c) a short description of the applicant’s disability studies related experience, research and/or career goals.
• name and contact information for a reference
• resume/CV
• academic transcript

Please make sure all materials are contained in one document.  Submit to the dropbox at by 5:00 PM May 13.

All award notifications should be made by June 1. Questions? Contact Kurt Johnson,

The number and amount of the awards will depend on the quality and quantity of applications. Students from any of the three UW campuses are eligible to apply.

Recipients will be expected to lead a Disability Studies brownbag discussion or other public presentation and provide a short written summary of how the grant funds were spent before the end of the academic year following the award.

For all awards, activities must be completed by the end of the 2013-2014 academic year. Past performance under these awards will be taken into consideration when assessing an application by a previous award winner.


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