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

The UW Disability Studies Program is pleased to offer three scholarly awards:

Dennis Lang Award for UW undergraduate and graduate students (up to $500)

Harlan Hahn Student Scholarship for UW undergraduate and graduate students ($500 – $5000)

Harlan Hahn Research Award for UW faculty and staff ($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 13th by 5 p.m.

Student awards

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.

Faculty/staff awards

The Harlan Hahn Research Award is for full or part-time UW faculty and staff for projects that include, but are not limited to:

Pedagogical research in disability studies, including course development.

Travel and attendance at a disability studies related conference.

Research and writing of a publishable article or manuscript on disability studies.

 To apply, please submit:

A proposal (1-2 pages) that describes how you will use the grant,

including a brief personal statement of how this support will advance

your research and/or education in disability studies and the outcomes

expected; A one-page budget

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.

Faculty, staff and 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.


The University of Washington’s Disability Studies Program Harlan Hahn

Endowment Fund was established by the generous gift of the late Harlan

D. Hahn, disability activist and political scientist. For more

information on the Harlan Hahn Fund, please see:

The Dennis Lang Award was established by the generous support of the

University’s Disability Studies community.  For more information on the

Dennis Lang Award, please see:






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