The Timothy Dow Adams Award

Presented by the editors of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies

These awards are made in honor of Timothy Dow Adams, one of the founding editors of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies and a longtime friend and supporter of the journal. His outstanding scholarship—including the two books, Telling Lies in Modern American Autobiography and Life Writing, Light Writing: Photography in Autobiography—have had a lasting impact on the field. As a way to honor his life and work, the editors of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies created the Timothy Dow Adams Awards. These prizes are intended to continue Tim’s legacy of mentorship while supporting emerging and underrepresented scholars’ attendance at an International Auto/Biography Association Conference.

TDA Awards: Two awards are made in conversation with the conference conveners—one at the faculty level and one at the student level—both include funding and mentorship. No applications are accepted for these awards. Conference conveners make nominations from within the application pool.

TDA Travel Grants: In 2018, the editors of a/b, in collaboration with the IABA Student and New Scholar Network, introduced travel grants to attend the IABA global conferences for graduate students; independent scholars; and contingent, underfunded, and underrepresented faculty members. Submission of application materials occurs yearly in the spring.

Apply NOW for the TDA Travel Grants to the 2019 IABA Americas Conference in Kingston, Jamaica

The application packet should be emailed to and they should include:

  • A cover letter explaining how your research, scholarship, and previous experiences support and extend the themes that year’s conference, as well as how these attributes contribute to diversifying the work of the event;
  • Your biographical note;
  • A copy of your accepted conference abstract from the conference; and,
  • A copy of your conference acceptance letter.

Applications for the TDA Travel Grants must be filed by April 5, 2019.

We welcome contributions to the Timothy Dow Adams Awards and hope that we can support as many students and emerging scholars as possible. To donate, please login to your PayPal account and make a payment to If you do not have a PayPal account, you may still donate through PayPal with a credit card. You may also mail a check made out to a/b: Auto/Biography Studies to Emily Hipchen, 434 Foggy Bottom Drive, Carrollton, GA 30116, USA.


The Autobiography Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible. Please request a donation receipt at the time of your contribution. Thank you!

The Hogan Prize

Nominated by our guest editors and selected by a guest judge.

Named for Rebecca and Joseph Hogan, the two longstanding editors of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, this award is presented annually to a scholar in recognition of an outstanding essay submitted to a special issue of the journal. The prize includes publication in the special issue and an award of $750. This award is generously supported by Routledge Journals.

Hogan Joe
Joseph Hogan
Hogan Becky
Rebecca Hogan