NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STUDENT ANTHROPOLOGISTS,
EMERGING LEADER IN ANTHROPOLOGY PROGRAM
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
DEADLINE: 20 October, 2014
The National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA), a section of the American Anthropological Association, in partnership with the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA), the Anthropology and Environment Society (AES), and the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA), announces the 2014 Emerging Leaders in Anthropology Program (ELAP). We welcome students to submit targeted applications for one of four program spots. Program participants will receive training in AAA and NASA governance, contemporary issues in anthropology on this year’s selected tracks, mentoring from anthropologists engaged in participants’ area of interest, and will have the opportunity to attend a special meeting at the AAA Washington, DC conference in December
Positions for 2014:
SVA-NASA Emerging Leader, Topics in Visual Anthropology
AES-NASA Emerging Leader, Topics in Anthropology and the Environment
SLACA-NASA Emerging Leader, Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology
NASA Emerging Leader, Topics in Nationalism, Citizenship and Modernity
I. Program contents
– $500 toward expenses for attendance at the AAA conference in Washington, D.C.;
— free membership to the National Association of Student Anthropologists;
— conference fees waived or reimbursed for AAA Washington, D.C.
AAA Washington, D.C. 2014
– AAA governance training;
— NASA governance participation;
— ELAP Cohort Training Lunch: issues in anthropology, fellowship/scholarship/funding discussion.
Mentoring and professional training paper
– pairing with a senior anthropologist;
— production of a professional research training paper (PTP);
— students are free to use their PTPs as they see fit, but a special arrangement may be possible with Student Anthropologist, subject to approval by the journal’s editorial board.
i) Any student, ii) regardless of nationality, iii) enrolled at least half-time in a program in anthropology (major, minor, concentration or interdisciplinary area where the focus is anthropology), iv) having completed at least two years of tertiary education at the time of application, and v) able to travel to the AAA meeting in Washington, D.C. in December 2014.
Current officers of the National Association of Student Anthropologists and partnering sections are ineligible to apply.
III. Professional training paper topics
Student shall have the opportunity to produce an original piece of research during the program with the assistance of participating mentors on a contemporary topic in anthropology. Students will have several months after the completion of the AAA meeting to work on this paper, and may have an opportunity for publication.
Social theory across disciplinary, subfield and national traditions: students in this track are asked to address their professional training paper toward issues related to anthropological practices across spatial, cultural, and topical dimensions. Students should scrutinize the relationship of these dimensions to the historic and contemporary differences and similarities of disparate bodies of theory. How, for example, have positivist paradigms informed some research programs while being rejected in others? Why have certain ‘national’ traditions of anthropology taken the shape that they have?
Perspectives on anthropology as discipline, career, and identity: much has been written on the self-situating of the anthropologist, both as this relates to methodological considerations and as a source of anthropological insight. Professional organization and practices in anthropology across the subfields are often linked to identity, as is the choice to pursue a career in anthropology. Students in this track are asked to consider contemporary theory alongside their own experiences on a topic related to anthropology as a discipline, career, and identity.
IV. Application procedure
To apply, please use our online form. You will need to upload an unofficial transcript, a current resume or CV, and a 500 word statement. You will also need to arrange for a letter of recommendation supporting your application to be emailed independently to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Personal statement uploaded via the online form.
Applicants will need to write a brief statement of no more than 500 words specifying why you would like to participate in the program, your professional plans after completing your education, your research interests, and a preliminary indication of the concerns within the track you have selected that you intend to address in your professional training paper.
Letter of recommendation
A letter of recommendation should be sent to email@example.com with the subject ‘Your Name, ELAP 2014 letter of rec’ (for example: Jane Smith, ELAP 2014 letter of rec).
Basis of selection
Applicants will be selected for achievement at their respective levels (undergraduate, master, doctoral) based on the following criteria:
– academic performance and intellectual maturity;
— demonstrated leadership;
— commitments and engagements outside of formal education, including community and political activism and professional service;
— demonstrated knowledge of contemporary issues within the track chosen (engaged/activist anthropology or world anthropologies).
Please send all questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.