Emerging Leaders in Anthropology Award Program


DEADLINE: September 2nd, 2016

The National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA), in partnership with the American Anthropological Association is pleased to announce the 2016 Emerging Leaders in Anthropology Program (ELAP).

Program participants receive training in AAA and NASA governance, contemporary issues in anthropology, mentoring from anthropologists engaged in participants’ area of interest, and will be honored at this year’s AAA conference in Minneapolis.

Theme: TBD
*will depend on partnering sections

Program contents


— $500 toward expenses for attendance at the AAA conference in AAA Minneapolis, MN.

— Free one year membership to the National Association of Student Anthropologists;

— Basic Conference Registration fee waived or reimbursed for AAA Denver, CO. (not workshops)

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 applying for publication with Student Anthropologist, is encouraged, though 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 Denver, CO. in November 2015.

*Current and incoming officers of the National Association of Student Anthropologists and partnering sections are ineligible to apply.

Professional research training paper topics

Award recipients are expected 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 close of the AAA meeting to work on this paper, and will work with NASA toward publication.

We are particularly looking for research which concentrates either on:

1) Social theory across disciplinary, sub-field 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 been rejected in others? Why have certain ‘national’ traditions of anthropology taken the shape that they have?


2) 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.

Application procedure

Applicants are required to send NASA an unofficial transcript, a current resume or CV, a 500 word statement of interest, and an independently e-mailed letter of recommendation supporting your application.

Statement of Interest

Applicants should compose 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 discipline you have selected, which you intend to address in your professional training paper.

Letter of recommendation

A letter of recommendation should be sent to students.anthropology@gmail.com with the subject ‘Your Name, ELAP 2014 letter of rec’ (example: Jane Smith, ELAP 2015 letter of rec).

Basis of selection

Applicants will be selected for achievement regardless of 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; and

— demonstrated knowledge of contemporary issues within their field.


Please address all questions and submit all application materials to: students.anthropology@gmail.com.



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