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August 15, 2018

AAA Awards 

Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Minority Dissertation Fellowship

Section Awards

American Ethnological Society (AES)

Elsie Clews Parsons Prize
The AES Board invites individuals who are students in a graduate degree-granting program (including MA and PhD) to submit stand-alone papers demonstrating outstanding ethnography for consideration for the Elsie Clews Parsons Prize.

The Archaeology Division (AD)
Student Diversity Travel Grant
Established in 2004, these grants are intended to increase participation in AAA sessions and in archaeology more widely by students from historically under-represented populations. Students in archaeology are encouraged to apply for these travel grants to help defray costs associated with attending the AAA meeting. Archaeology students with disabilities are also eligible for this grant. Up to four grants, of up to $600 each, will be awarded.

Student Membership Award  
The Archaeology Division (AD) seeks to support student membership in the AAA and in the AD to maintain and strengthen the representation of archaeology within the AAA.The AD will award the next year’s membership in both AAA and AD to up to 20 students who present archaeological papers or posters at the annual meeting. This award has a value of between $75 and $135, depending on a student’s AAA membership status. All students who present an archaeological paper or poster at the annual meeting are eligible to apply for this award. Up to three awards will be allocated specifically for undergraduates.

Association for Africanist Anthropology (AfAA)
AfAA Undergraduate Student Paper Award
The prize will be awarded to the best undergraduate paper in Africanist anthropology.

Association for Feminist Anthropology (AFA)
Sylvia Forman Prize
AFA is pleased to invite graduate and undergraduate students to submit essays in feminist anthropology in competition for the Sylvia Forman Prize, named for the late Sylvia Helen Forman, one of the founders of AFA. The winners, one graduate student and one undergraduate student, will receive a certificate; a cash award ($1,000 graduate and $500 undergraduate); and have their essay summaries published in the Anthropology Newsletter.

AFA Dissertation Award
Cash award to support the writing phase of a dissertation that makes a significant contribution to feminist anthropology.

Zora Neale Hurston Travel Award
The 2018 Zora Neale Hurston Travel Award competition honors the pioneering African American anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. The AFA will award 3 grants of $500 each for travel to the 2018 Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association in San Jose, CA.

Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA)
APLA Graduate Student Paper Prize Competition
The APLA Board invites individuals who are students in a graduate degree-granting program to send stand-alone papers centering on the analysis of political and/or legal institutions and processes. These papers should be original and not submitted previously for publication.

Association for Queer Anthropology (AQA)
The Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize
The Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize is presented each year by the Association for Queer Anthropology (AQA) to a graduate or undergraduate student in acknowledgement of outstanding anthropological work on 1) a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender topic, or 2) a critical interrogation of sexualities and genders more broadly defined. Papers are judged according to the following criteria: use of relevant L/G/B/T/Q and/or feminist anthropological theory and literature, potential for contribution to and advancement of queer studies and our understanding of sexualities worldwide, attention to difference (gender, class, race, ethnicity, nation), originality, organization and coherence, and timeliness.

Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP)
ASAP Graduate Paper Prize
ASAP awards a prize of $250 annually for the best graduate student paper on any aspect of the anthropology of policy. A condensed version of the winning paper will be published in the ASAP Anthropology News column and linked on the ASAP website.

Council for Museum Anthropology (CMA)
CMA Student Travel Awards
The CMA Student Travel Awards are designed to support graduate student travel to the annual AAA meeting to present papers and/or posters. Students and recent graduate degree recipients (those who have defended within the year of the award) are eligible to apply. Each year, CMA will award two prizes of $500 each.

Culture and Agriculture (C&A)
Robert M. Netting Best Student Paper Prize
The Culture and Agriculture section of the AAA invites anthropology graduate and undergraduate students to submit papers for the 2018 Robert M. Netting Award. The Graduate and Undergraduate winners will receive cash awards of $750 and $250, respectively, and have the opportunity for a direct consultation with the editors of our section’s journal, CAFÉ (Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment), toward the goal of revising the paper for publication. Submissions should draw on relevant literature from any subfield of anthropology, and present data from original research related to livelihoods based on crop, livestock, or fishery production and forestry and/or management of agricultural and environmental resources.

The Middle East Section (MES)
The MES Student Paper Prize
The MES proudly sponsors an annual paper prize for students in anthropology and related disciplines. Established in 2002, the MES Student Paper Prize includes a cash award of $500, ideally to help defray the costs of travel to the annual AAA conference, and recognition at the Middle East Section meeting at the conference. Papers from current undergraduate or graduate students on any aspect of Middle East anthropology will be evaluated according to originality, significance, use of data, and quality of writing.

National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA)
Student Achievement Award
The National Association for the Practice of Anthropology offers the annual Student Achievement Award to recognize student contributions in the area of practicing and applied anthropology. The Award recognizes students who have excelled in the field and provides opportunities for students who have conducted projects in applied contexts to be recognized during the AAA annual meetings and have their work considered for publication in the Annals of Anthropological Practice.

National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA)
The Carrie Hunter-Tate Award
The award honors the memory of this former officer of the National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA). To honor the spirit with which she dedicated herself to the profession of anthropology, NASA has established the “Carrie Hunter-Tate Award,” to be bestowed upon student anthropologists with similar enthusiasm for service to the profession.

Emerging Leaders in Anthropology Award Program
We welcome students to submit targeted applications for one of two program spots. Program participants will receive training in contemporary issues in anthropology on this year’s selected tracks, mentoring from anthropologists engaged in participants’ area of interest.

Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges (SACC)
Student Award for Academic Excellence
This prize recognizes excellence in student research, intellectual creativity, originality, and quality of writing. Papers will be evaluated by the SACC Awards Committee.

Student Award for Creativity, Leadership, or Community Service
This prize recognizes an exceptional student who has made an outstanding contribution to the academic or local community by demonstrating creativity, leadership, or community service.

Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA)
Rhoda Halperin Memorial Fund
The Rhoda Halperin Memorial Fund celebrates the life and work of Rhoda Halperin by supporting PhD students in anthropology who emulate her love of economic anthropology and concern for people on the social margin. In memory of Rhoda’s convivial collegiality, the Fund also encourages student professional development through participation in the scholarly meetings of the SEA and AAA. To meet these goals, students engaged in economic research focused on social exclusion and poverty are provided small grants for preliminary dissertation fieldwork and subsequent travel money to present their findings at the Society for Economic Anthropology annual conference.

Harold K. Schneider Student Prize in Economic Anthropology
Each year, the SEA invites both undergraduate and graduate students to submit papers on any aspect of economic anthropology or economic archaeology. Papers should contain a central thesis or argument, should be neither wholly descriptive nor wholly theoretical but, ideally, both and should be edited for clarity.

Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA)
SHA Presidents Award for Undergraduate Student Writing
Undergraduate submissions need not be conference papers. A committee drawn from current, past, and incoming SHA Presidents will judge the papers on originality, creativity, clarity of writing, and most importantly, contribution to humanistic anthropology.

Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA)
Roseberry-Nash Graduate Student Award
The Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology invites submission of papers for our Eighth Annual Roseberry-Nash Student Paper Contest. The competition honors the work of two distinguished anthropologists, June Nash and the late William Roseberry for their multiple contributions to the anthropological understanding of Latin America.

Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA)
Annual Student Essay Prize
The Society for Linguistic Anthropology holds an annual student essay competition at both undergraduate and graduate levels. In order to be eligible for one of these awards, the applicant must have been either a graduate or undergraduate student in a degree-granting program when the paper was written; must be the sole author of the paper; and must submit the paper no more than two years after it was written.

Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA)
SMA Dissertation Award
The SMA Dissertation Award is given to the author of a dissertation that is judged to be a significant and potentially influential contribution to medical anthropology. Dissertations are judged on the basis of: (1) scope and excellence of scholarship, including ethnographic research; (2) originality of subject matter; (3) effectiveness and persuasiveness of arguments; and (4) writing quality. Dissertation research of exceptional courage and difficulty is given special consideration.

Charles Hughes Graduate Student Paper Prize
The Charles Hughes Graduate Student Paper Prize is given for the best paper in medical anthropology written by a graduate student.

WHR Rivers Undergraduate Student Paper Prize
The WHR Rivers Undergraduate Student Paper Prize is awarded for the best paper written by an undergraduate student.

AAA Conference Student Travel Awards
The AAA Conference Student Travel Award is given to five graduate students and one undergraduate every year. The SMA offers conference travel support to five SMA graduate students, who have had abstracts accepted to the annual meeting of the AAA. Eligibility is restricted to student members of the SMA, who are presenting papers or posters at the AAA meeting.

Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA)
Condon Prize for Best Student Essay in Psychological Anthropology
The Society for Psychological Anthropology each year awards the Richard G. Condon Prize for the best student essay (graduate or undergraduate)in psychological anthropology. The winner is awarded a year's membership in the Society and publication of the paper in Ethos (after appropriate revision as necessary).

The Beatrice and John Whiting SPA Biennial Travel Grants
SPA announces The Beatrice and John Whiting SPA Biennial Travel Grants open to undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and un- and under-employed professionals. The SPA Biennial Meetings represent one of the most important ways in which the SPA promotes and supports the continued growth of the field of psychological anthropology, and these travels grants provides financial assistance to individuals, who might not otherwise be able to attend, to do so.

SPA / Robert Lemelson Foundation Fellowships
The SPA / Robert Lemelson Foundation Fellowships are designed to provide graduate students working in the field of psychological anthropology with funding to pursue exploratory research for planning their doctoral dissertation research and /or methods training to prepare for their doctoral dissertation research. Research projects supported by the funding should have the potential of advancing the field of psychological anthropology.

Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN)
Christine Wilson Award
SAFN is pleased to invite students to submit papers in competition for the Christine Wilson Awards presented to outstanding undergraduate and graduate student research papers that examine topics within the perspectives in nutrition, food studies and anthropology.

The Thomas Marchione Food-as-a-Human-Right Student Award
This annual award will be awarded to a student whose work continues and expands Dr. Marchione’s efforts toward food justice, food security and access, and most directly, food as a human right.

Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA)
St. Clair Drake Student Travel Grant
The St. Clair Drake Student Travel Grant is awarded to students for travel to the annual AAA meetings or the biennial SANA meetings. The student travel grant is awarded on a competitive basis and is intended for currently enrolled graduate students without a PhD. Only students who are presenting papers at the conference will be considered for the grant.Papers should relate to the study of North America and – in keeping with the work of the grant’s namesake, St. Clair Drake – preferably consider the politics of everyday life in North America such as those pertaining to race, ethnicity, class, gender, and/or sexuality. 

Society for the Anthropology of Work (SAW)
June Nash Student Travel Award 
The June Nash Student Travel Award is now available to students who present papers on SAW reviewed panels.

Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA)
SUNTA Undergraduate Student Paper Prize
We are seeking nominations – made by faculty who are SUNTA members – for student papers that address SUNTA’s interests, including urban life, space and place, transnational social processes, impacts of globalization, and refugees and immigration.

SUNTA Graduate Student Paper Prize
We are seeking papers that address SUNTA’s interests, including urban life, space and place, poverty and homelessness, transnational social processes, impacts of globalization, refugees and immigration.


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