Jim & Nancy Hinkle Travel Grants

Since 1992, the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society has awarded Jim & Nancy Hinkle Travel Grants to defray travel expenses for graduate students attending its biennial international conferences. For a list of recent winners click here. Participients must be members in good standing of the Hemingway Society, must currently be enrolled in a graduate degree program, and must be planning to present a paper at the Hemingway Society conference. Please consider making a donation to this fellowship to help the graduate students.

Applications will be given a blind review by no fewer than four members of the Hinkle Travel Grant Committee and will be evaluated on the following criteria: clarity, originality, and value in furthering Hemingway scholarship, criticism, or instruction. Although applications from previous Hinkle winners are welcome, applications from students who have not won before will be given priority. (Faculty with graduate students applying for Hinkle grants are ineligible for service on the selection committee.)

The Hinkle application deadline is the same as the deadline for the Call for Papers (November 15, 2013 for the 2014 conference in Venice). Applicants will be notified of their award status no later than one month after the application deadline (By December 15, 2013 for the 2014 conference in Venice.) Checks will be distributed to recipients at the conference’s opening ceremonies. Applications should include the following information:

1.) Full Name of Applicant

2.) Address, Phone, Email

3.) Social Security Number

4.) Paper Title & Abstract

5.) Degree Program and School

6.) Letter of Recommendation

Applications should be emailed to:
Mark Cirino, Hinkle Selection Committee Chair, at EHVenice2014@gmail.com
Letters of recommendation, however, should be emailed separately.


Jim Hinkle, 1924-1990

The Hemingway Foundation and Society established and began awarding the James C. Hinkle Travel Grant in 1992 to honor the memory of Hemingway and Faulkner scholar and beloved San Diego State University professor, Jim Hinkle. An expert on Hemingway’s humor, Jim was legendary for his meticulous attention to the details of Hemingway’s texts and for his ability to recite The Sun Also Rises by heart and without dropping a line. He was the author of Reading Faulkner:
The Unvanquished: Glossary and Commentary (UP of Miss.) and many important articles on Hemingway and Faulkner. His essay “What’s Funny in the Sun Also Rises,” is considered a classic in the field.

“There was never a man with a longer list of questions. And years of
methodical and scrupulous research had provided him with a list of answers
nearly as long…. Ever vigilant, Jim felt his most valuable contribution as a critic and a teacher was knowing–as he read–what he didn’t understand. And for him that’s where the fun began. Determined not settle for approximate readings or shrug off troublesome ‘minor’ passages, Jim was nearly messianic in getting everyone involved in constructing meaning–though he never would have framed it that way.

He was fond of asking teachers of Sun who kicked Jake’s leg in an
early scene in the novel. Invariably he would get different responses–it’s Frances; no it’s Robert. And if you had a doubt, even for a moment, he had you.
Because Jim’s talent was contagious: by teaching us all that until we’d worked every particle of a sentence through, chased every connection down, what we assumed was only that–assumption. Essentially he taught reading….”

–Dawn Trouard, Faulkner Journal
Click here for Dawn Trouard’s full tribute.


Nancy Hinkle, 1927-2005

Nancy Hanks Hufstader Hinkle, wife of Hemingway and Faulkner scholar James C. Hinkle and longtime member and friend of the Hemingway Society, was every bit the scholar and intellect as her husband, often proofreading his work. Upon the death of her husband, Nancy and her seven children helped to create and fund the James C. Hinkle Award, which has helped dozens of graduate students to attend the Society’s international conferences. To honor Nancy’s memory, in 2005 the Hemingway Society renamed the James C. Hinkle Award to be the Jim and Nancy Hinkle Award.

The Hinkle Travel Grants have been generously funded by donations from Jim
and Nancy’s colleagues and friends and by a biennial benefit golf tournament sponsored by Jim and Nancy’s seven children: Lon, Ariane, Tobin, Geoffrey, Jennie, Dallas Ann and Barnaby. The tournament was last held in late December 2005 at the historic Presidio Hills Golf Course in Old Town San Diego. Those interested in participating in future tournaments can contact Jim’s daughter, Arian Hudson via hemingwaysociety@aol.com