Annual Meeting Awards & Prizes

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Student Annual Meeting Travel Awards

The Society for Applied Anthropology is pleased to offer several travel awards of $750 each that are available for students who have submitted abstracts for the annual meeting, as well as two poster prizes. Below are short descriptions and links to information on the application and review process. Deadline for abstract submission is October 15 and the deadline for travel award submission is December 20. Please note that the application deadline is firm. The poster prizes are judged at the meeting. 

Student Travel Awards

Student Travel Awards

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 ($750) will be presented each year to a student presenting a paper/poster at the SfAA Annual Meeting.

The Erve Chambers Tourism and Heritage Student Paper Award encourages new and innovative avenues of inquiry within the anthropology of tourism and heritage. Top papers will be selected for inclusion in a featured paper session at the SfAA Annual Meeting, and the top three papers will receive cash awards - $300 for first prize, and $150 each for two honorable mentions.

Michael M. Cernea Involuntary Resettlement Travel Award - The Michael Cernea Resettlement Fund will provide a travel award ($750) for a student with an interest in issues associated with displacement/resettlement to attend the annual meeting of the SfAA. 

Human Rights Defender Travel Award - The Human Rights Defender Travel Award provides a $750 travel scholarship each year for a student to attend the annual meetings of the Society.

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 two travel grants of $750 each for a student to attend the annual meeting of the Society. 

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

Beatrice Medicine Travel Award - The Society for Applied Anthropology honors the memory of Dr. Beatrice Medicine with an annual student travel scholarship. The $750 scholarship provides financial support for three students (graduate or undergraduate) to attend the annual meeting of the Society.

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 $750 each are available to students who meet the eligibility qualifications.

Student Endowed Award - The Student Endowed Award consists of a $750 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. 

Poster Prizes

Student Poster Prizes

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 Prize - 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. 1st place receives $300, 2nd place $200, and 3rd place $100.

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