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AATH awards funding for the Humor Academy educational program and Annual Conference to peace studies undergraduate or graduate students and faculty.
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The Jill Knox Peace through Humor Fellowship is available to undergraduate or graduate students and faculty members in the form of a reimbursement/registration fee waiver and will be given to cover these individuals' expenses. The amount of the fund is intended to cover the primary registration fees incurred by participating in the Association of Applied & Therapeutic Humor's Humor Academy Program and Annual Conference for three years, plus travel expenses, accommodation and a per diem for meals while at the conference.

Jill Poole Knox was a teacher and advocate for humor and peace who passed away in 2021. This fellowship has been established to honor her legacy by enhancing collaboration and synergy between the fields of peace studies and therapeutic humor.


The Jill Knox Peace through Humor Fellowship is intended to contribute to peace through humor by providing peace studies students and faculty with the opportunity to engage in professional development through AATH's Humor Academy program.


The fellowship includes tuition to the AATH Humor Academy for three years, Annual Conference registration for three years, conference travel stipend annually for three years, AATH membership for three years, and mentorship from AATH.


Each honoree is expected to commit to completing the three-year Humor Academy program. Should an individual be unable to continue on to a second or third year of studies, or they are not meeting the requirements of the program, the balance of their award will be forfeited and award to another individual.


The Humor Academy is an online curriculum that begins each year on-site, on the Thursday preceding AATH's Annual Conference. Participants continue to meet on a monthly basis during the year via Zoom. Each participant is expected to spend three years participating in the Humor Academy. At the end of the second year, the participant is expected to produce a written project on a topic chosen by the participant and approved by the advisors. Recipients of this grant would be expected to focus their written project on the use of humor to enhance their effectiveness in the peace studies/conflict resolution field, either in an applied/practical way or through research around the topic of humor for peace. More information on Humor Academy may be found at:

  • Must be a student currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies, or faculty, engaged in peace and justice studies/conflict resolution programs, and interested in learning how to incorporate the use of humor into their respective occupational/academic environments.

  • Must be willing to make a three-year commitment to the Humor Academy educational program, which includes monthly virtual meetings and an annual onsite multi-day conference event.

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