James S. Brown Graduate Student Award for Research on Appalachia

History of the Award

The James S. Brown Graduate Student Award for Research on Appalachia is given to honor the memory of Professor James S. Brown, a sociologist on the faculty of the University of Kentucky from 1946 to 1982, whose pioneering studies of society, demography, and migration in Appalachia (including his ethnography of “Beech Creek”) helped to establish the field of Appalachian Studies at UK and beyond.

Award Information

The James S. Brown Award supports graduate student research on the Appalachian region. To be eligible, students are actively enrolled in a master's or doctoral degree program at UK. The Award must be used to meet the costs of doing research relevant to social life in Appalachia including copying, interviewing, data collection, archival research, transcribing, and other non-travel legitimate research and subsistence expenses. (Please note that this year, due to Covid-19 travel-related expenses are not eligible for funding as university-sponsored travel is strongly discouraged). The Brown Award does NOT cover registration or travel costs for presentations or attendance at conferences. Several awards will be given this funding cycle. For 2021, up to $750 will be awarded to each recipient. 

Applications for the 2020-21 James S. Brown Graduate Student Award for Research on Appalachia that are NOT funded were automatically be entered into the competition for the 2020-21 UK Appalachian Center Eller & Billings Student Research Award. Those who receive the Brown Award are NOT be eligible for the Eller & Billings Award during the same funding cycle.

Recipients will be asked to give an update on their research in a SWAP (Sharing Work on Appalachia in Progress) presentation with Appalachian Studies faculty and students during the 2021-2022 academic year. Recipients will provide a copy of their presentation to be shared with the wider Appalachian Studies community. 

Applications and recommendations for the 2020-21 James S. Brown award Graduate Student Award are due Monday, February 15th, 2021.

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