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. Two awards ($500 each) will be made to attend the Annual Meeting of the SfAA.
The scholarship celebrates the life and legacy of Beatrice Medicine, an internationally prominent anthropologist who passed away in December 2005. Dr. Medicine was a descendant on both sides of her family from the Lakota Sioux and enrolled throughout her life on the Standing Rock Reservation. This heritage found reflection in her life’s work -- an impressive record of teaching, research, and service, which focused on understanding and tolerance within the broader human condition and particularly toward Native peoples. Notable among this body of work were two recent volumes, Learning to be an Anthropologist and Remaining Native (University of Illinois Press, 2001) and Drinking and Sobriety Among the Lakota Sioux (AltaMira Press, 2006).
How Can I Apply?
Prospective student applicants should provide the following information and materials:
- Name, Address, Telephone, E-mail, Current College Where Enrolled, Major Field of Study, and Native Tribe/Community Affiliation
- Recent College Transcript
- Career Goal Statement
Career Goal Statement
Dr. Medicine's professional life was devoted to teaching and research, and with a particular commitment to expanding the understanding of Native people. As you prepare the statement on your career goals, you may wish to consider some of the following questions.
- What would I like to do in the future and how will this benefit other people?
- How have my career plans evolved over time and what has influenced this evolution?
- Are there particular ways that I think the social sciences can lead to a better understanding of the human condition?
- How would my attendance at the SfAA Annual Meeting help to further my career interests?
All information should be collected and sent in one package to:
The Society for Applied Anthropology
P.O. Box 2436
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-2436
Applications may also be sent to the Offices of the Society via email at
The deadline for receipt of applications is January 15. Awardees are required to provide SfAA with a bio, picture, and travel receipts to receive payment.
Additional Bea Medicine Photos
2009 Bea Medicine Award Winners - Marjeanna Burge and Kerry Thompson
2010 Bea Medicine Award Winners - Elizabeth Hoover and Cynthia Ingar
2011 Bea Medicine Award Winners - Scott Freeman and Doug Kiel
2012 Bea Medicine Award Winners - Anna Brodrecht and Karenne Wood
2013 Bea Medicine Award Winners - Kasey Jernigan and Kristen Simmons
2014 Bea Medicine Award Winner - Davina Two Bears