Awards & Prizes

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The Society for Applied Anthropology proudly sponsors prestigious awards including the Malinowski Award, the Peter K. New Award, and the Sol Tax Award; as well as co-sponsoring the Margaret Mead Award with the American Anthropological Association. In addition, the Society offers 12 student travel awards to help offset the costs of attending the Annual Meeting.

Distinguished Awards

Bronislaw Malinowski

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The Bronislaw Malinowski Award is presented to an outstanding social scientist in recognition of efforts to understand and serve the needs of the world's societies, and who has actively pursued the goal of solving human problems using the concepts and tools of social science during one's entire career. Each nomination should follow the criteria for selection set forth by the SfAA.

Margaret Mead

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Margaret Mead, for years among the best known women in the world, was also the best known anthropologist with a particular talent for bringing anthropology fully into the light of public attention. The Margaret Mead Award, initiated by the Society for Applied Anthropology in 1979, and awarded jointly with the American Anthropological Society since 1983, continues to celebrate the tradition of bringing anthropology to bear on wider social and cultural issues.

Sol Tax Distinguished Service

Sol Tax AwardSol Tax Distinguished Service Award

Sol Tax was an anthropologist who provided distinguished and innovative service to applied anthropology and to anthropological societies. The Sol Tax Distinguished Service Award is to be presented annually to a member of SfAA in recognition of long-term and truly distinguished service to the Society. The Sol Tax Award Committee encourages members of the SfAA to nominate individuals who are deserving of this award.


Other Awards

Peter K. New Award

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The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) announces an annual student research competition in the applied social and behavioral sciences. The award honors the late Peter Kong-ming New, a distinguished medical sociologist-anthropologist and former president of the SfAA. The award will be given to the best paper which reports on an applied research project in the social/behavioral sciences. The research question should be in the domain of health care or human services (broadly construed).

Bert Pelto International Travel Award

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The Pelto International Travel Award will be awarded every other year to a mid-career applied social scientist who is a citizen or permanent resident of a low or middle-income country. The recipient will receive a cash award for travel expenses. In addition, registration at the SfAA meeting and a room for two nights at the conference hotel will be provided. A special session will be organized at the meetings for presentation of the recipient's paper.

Robert A. & Beverly H. Hackenberg Award

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The Lecture is held bi-annually at the Annual Meetings of the SfAA and features a prominent applied social scientist in mid-career. Prof. Hackenberg was internationally known for his research in the application of the social sciences to medical care, population dynamics, and economic development. Among many other honors, he and his wife Beverley were selected by the Society to receive the prestigious Bronislaw Malinowski Award in 1998.


Student Annual Meeting Travel Awards

John Bodley

John Bodley Travel Award

The John Bodley Student Travel Award was initiated by former students and honors an international scholar whose career focused on the impact of development on indigenous peoples. A travel award of $500 will be presented each year to a student presenting a paper/poster at the SfAA Annual Meeting.

Human Rights Defender

Human Rights Defender Travel Award

The Human Rights Defender Travel Award provides a $500 travel scholarship each year for a student to attend the annual meetings of the Society.

Involuntary Resettlement

Michael M. Cernea Travel Award for Involuntary Resettlement

The Michael Cernea Resettlement Fund will provide a travel award of $500 for a student with an interest in issues associated with displacement/resettlement to attend the annual meeting of the SfAA. 

Del Jones Memorial

Del Jones Memorial Travel Award

Following his death in 1999, close friends and members of the Society established the Del Jones Memorial Fund. This Fund supports a travel grant of $500 for a student to attend the annual meeting of the Society. 

Gil Kushner Memorial

Gil Kushner Memorial Travel Award

Gilbert Kushner was a longtime SfAA Fellow and winner of the Sol Tax Distinguished Service Award in 2005, and was internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in establishing applied anthropology as a graduate discipline.

Beatrice Medicine

Beatrice Medicine Award

The Society for Applied Anthropology honors the memory of Dr. Beatrice Medicine with an annual student travel scholarship. The scholarship provides financial support for two students (graduate or undergraduate) to attend the annual meeting of the Society. Up to four awards of $500 each will be made to attend the Annual Meeting of the SfAA.

Edward H. & Rosamond B. Spicer

Edward H. & Rosamond B. Spicer Travel Award

The Spicer Student Travel Fund Awards commemorate the lifelong and very special concern of Edward H. and Rosamond B. Spicer in furthering the maturation of students in the social sciences, both intellectually and practically; and their lifelong interest in the nature of community as both cause of, and solution to, problems in the human condition. Two awards of $500 each are available to students who meet the eligibility qualifications.

Student Endowed

Student Endowed Award

The Student Endowed Award consists of a $500 travel stipend to cover costs of attending the annual meeting, plus a one-year SfAA membership, which includes a year’s subscription to the journals Human Organization and Practicing Anthropology. Current SfAA student members who have already paid dues for the current year will receive membership for the upcoming year. 

Valene Smith

Valene Smith Prize for Student Posters on Tourism

Students at all levels (graduate and undergraduate) who are registered and presenting a poster at the SfAA Annual Meeting with the theme of “tourism/heritage” are eligible for a competition honoring long-time member, Valene Smith.

Three cash prizes will be awarded - $500 for first prize and $250 for two honorable mention prizes. In order to qualify, the posters should be concerned in some way with the applied social science of tourism/heritage.

Student Poster

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The poster presentation makes use of graphics, such as maps, photographs, and charts to describe your research project, leaving you available for more personal interaction and in-depth discussions with colleagues.

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