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Deadline Extended: Submit Your Proposal for AAA's New Undergraduate Research Fellowship

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October 2, 2018

AAA invites declared anthropology majors in the second or third year of a four-year degree program to apply for a new Undergraduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship will support research projects with budgets up to $1,500 that use ethnographic or mixed methods to address the question, how do anthropology majors prepare for life after college?

Proposals should specify current students, recent graduates, their families, or other members of a college or university community as participants, and should envision data collection through some combination of participant observation, interviews, and journaling. Fieldwork should take place largely during Spring 2019 and should not continue past the start of the fall semester. Topics that are relevant to this call include, but are not limited to, the following:

Fellows will receive $500 for themselves and $250 for their mentors to attend both the 2018 and 2019 AAA Annual Meetings, as well as up to $1,500 to cover the expenses of their research. Each fellow will be supported not only by their own mentor, but by the entire cohort of five fellows and mentors. Fellows will participate in remote methods instruction and peer mentoring through an online community during a fieldwork phase (Spring 2019) and an analysis and writing phase (Fall 2019), and are expected to give a presentation at the 2019 AAA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC.

Proposals should include a detailed proposal of up to 1,500 words plus references and budget. Applicants should also provide a letter of support from a AAA member with relevant field experience who is willing to serve as mentor. Applications will be evaluated based on the clarity of the proposal and the feasibility of the proposed research within the time and budget available. Among competitive applicants, we will select finalists with an eye to forming a cohort of fellows with complementary areas of interest who represent a diverse range of departments, ideally including BA, MA, and PhD-granting programs, housed in public and private baccalaureate colleges and research universities, in a variety of geographical regions.

Proposals will be accepted until October 12, 2018 at Questions about the program can be directed to Daniel Ginsberg, PhD, Manager of Education, Research, and Professional Development at

This project is funded by the Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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