Human Rights Defender Student Award
The Human Rights Defender Travel Award will provides a $500 travel scholarship each year for a student to attend the annual meetings of the Society. The competition for the Human Rights Defender Travel Award will be held in December, and will be presented at the Annual Meeting. The results of the competition will be announced in February.
The Human Rights Defender Award was made possible by a generous contribution from Michael Cavendish, a Sustaining Member of the Society who is a practicing attorney in Florida and a strong advocate of human rights. As a graduate student, he was first exposed to the link between applied anthropology and disciplines like law, journalism and social work.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for the Award, a student must pre-register for the Annual Meeting and submit an abstract for a paper or poster presentation. Awardees are required to provide SfAA with a bio, picture, and travel receipts to receive payment.
How can a student apply?
To apply, an eligible student member should prepare a brief (one-page)
statement which describes their interest in human rights, and the
conjunction of this topic to their applied research interests. The
statement may include a description of prior and/or current human rights
advocacy activities in which the student has engaged. The written statement
(plus the pre-registration and abstract) must be received in the SfAA Office
by January 15. Applicants should email their statement to email@example.com.
How will the applications be processed and judged?
The Society will receive and review the applications for this Award with the same logistical process that is used for the other student travel awards (Del Jones, Edward Spicer and Beatrice Medicine). An established committee, appointed by the President, will review and judge the one-page statements as well as the abstract that was submitted for the Program. In assessing the statements, Committee members will frame their evaluation with the following questions: