Society for Animation Studies members may now apply for grant awards (equivalent to approximately US$300) for those presenting at this year’s annual conference in Lisbon, Portugal. All applicants should send an email to Peter Chanthanakone at (headline: SAS AWARD 2019) that includes:

-your short-version paper abstract that you submitted for the S.A.S. conference (priority will be given to presenters, though others may apply)
-your particular need for monetary assistance (250 words or less, including budget)
-your affiliation/status (student/faculty) with an academic institution or studio, if applicable
-The Emru Townsend Award is specifically intended to offset some of expenses for the conference held this June in Lisbon, Portugal. This year there will be 6 awards. Three of the total six awards are reserved for students.

These grants are competitive for our members. Applicants must be currently registered members of the S.A.S. and must not have been awarded a travel grant from the S.A.S within the last 3 years.  The monetary disbursement will occur at the conference. Any named recipient who does not attend will forfeit the award.

The deadline to apply is 11:59PM March 17, 2019. The award recipients will be announced in early-April, after review by a selection committee. Applicants must send their request by email, adhering to the above guidelines (abstract/proposal, need, affiliation) to Peter Chanthanakone at Please include the headline: SAS AWARD 2019. 

The conference grant has been named in the memory of our dear colleague, Emru Townsend, who remains an inspiration to all of us, for his many efforts promoting the study and appreciation of animation.