Annual SfAA Student Endowed Award

This prize is the only SfAA award administered entirely by students (specifically the SfAA Student Committee). The student committee works to increase student membership in the SfAA, as well as to encourage and facilitate student participation in the SfAA annual meeting. In 2003, with this mission in mind, members of the Student Committee began to develop the idea of a student award that would cover the costs of student membership and travel to the annual meeting. Over the next two years the student committee took on the task of creating this award, and with the support of very generous donations from the SfAA membership, the committee is proud to present its award in conjunction with the SfAA annual meeting.

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.


Individuals who are currently enrolled as students -- both graduate and undergraduate, international and domestic -- may apply. Moreover, the award is not restricted to anthropology students; those enrolled in the applied social sciences and other related disciplines are also strongly encouraged to apply.  Current membership in the SfAA is not required. Officers and former officers of the Student Committee may not apply. Attendance at the upcoming SfAA annual meeting is required in order to receive the award.

Application and Deadline

Students interested in applying should complete and submit an application (download application form here), which must be received on or before January 3. The application consists of three parts: the Student Information Sheet, a CV, and a brief essay. The essay is strictly limited to 500 words, typed and double-spaced. If you are e-mailing your application, please make sure all files are in Microsoft Word (.doc) format.

The topic of the essay is: “How have applied theories and methods influenced your research or career goals, and how might participation in the SfAA help you to achieve these goals?” Whether you are experienced in applied methodologies or not, we encourage you to explore in this essay how applied methods and your participation in SfAA could inspire (or has already inspired or transformed) your research or career as a social scientist.

All materials must be received on or before January 3. Once received, applications will be checked for completeness and organized by the Student Committee Awards Officer. Awardees are required to provide SfAA with a bio, picture, and travel receipts to receive payment. The winner will be announced in February. Applicants must e-mail (preferred) or mail complete applications to the Student Committee Awards Officer:



Student Committee Awards Officer
c/o The Society for Applied Anthropology
P.O. Box 2436
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-2436

Please contact the officers of the SfAA Student Committee at the above email address with any questions.


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