2021 Praxis Award

There’s Still Time to Apply for the 2021 Praxis Award

If you missed the pre-entry application deadline on July 1 for the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists (WAPA) 2021 Praxis award, there is still time to submit a full application by September 1.  This year’s award competition is open to all anthropologists and their collaborators whose work meets the Praxis criteria described in the WAPA website’s guidelines and timeline.  The website contains an overview with more information about the award and summary examples of previous winners.  

The prestigious Praxis award recognizes anthropologists who have made outstanding achievements in employing anthropological knowledge, skills, or methods to a specific endeavor or project.  “Ideal award candidates are anthropologists who can demonstrate the value of anthropological knowledge, theory and methods to solve problems addressed through public and/or private sector efforts (e.g., government, industry, or non-profit). The competition is open to anyone holding an MA or PhD in any sub-field of anthropology. In exceptional cases, applicants with a BA in anthropology may be considered (for example, in countries where the anthropology BA is considered to be a final degree).” 

Please encourage qualified colleagues to apply for the Praxis award or think about nominating yourself!  The full application is due September 1, 2021.  Applicants have 10 pages in which to describe their project, not including accompanying documents.  A strong application should demonstrate clearly what their anthropological difference was to the project or event.    

The 2021 Praxis Award carries a $1000 (one thousand dollar) honorarium.  The awardee(s) will be honored during a ceremony at the 2022 annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) in Salt Lake City, UT.  With some luck, we may have new copies of the forthcoming Anthropological Praxis (second edition) edited by Terry Redding and Robert Winthrop available for the ceremony.
If you have an questions or suggestion, please contact this year’s Praxis chair, Bill Roberts, praxisaward2021@gmail.com.  This is a great opportunity for anthropologists to share with a broader public the anthropological difference their work has made in a specific project or endeavor.

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