Emerging Leaders in Anthropology Program

The National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA) warmly welcomes students to submit an application for the 2018 Emerging Leaders in Anthropology Program (ELAP). Program participants will receive training in contemporary issues in anthropology on this year’s selected tracks, mentoring from anthropologists engaged in participants’ area of interest, and will receive conference travel support to attend the 117th meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Jose, California.

ELAP will provide up to $500 for travel expenses associated with attending the annual meeting in the form of a reimbursement, will reimburse basic annual meeting registration fees, and will include a free one-year membership to NASA. (Note: The award does not reimburse workshop fees and other provisions incurred at the annual meeting.) The recipient will be asked to disclose their social security number (if applicable) and their address prior to disbursement. Attendance at the annual meeting is required.

Participants will be paired with a senior anthropologist with whom they will work closely with to produce a professional research training paper. Students are free to use their papers are they see fit but a special publication arrangement may be possible with Student Anthropologist subject to approval by the journal’s editorial board.

All students regardless of nationality who are enrolled at least half-time in an anthropology program (major, minor, concentration or interdisciplinary area where the focus is anthropology) and who have completed at least two years of tertiary education at the time of application are eligible to apply. Student must be able to travel to and attend the 117th meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Jose, California. Current officers of NASA and of partnership sections are ineligible to apply.

To apply, all applicants must submitted a complete application that consists of (1) an unofficial or official transcript; (2) a current resume of CV; (3) 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; and (4) a letter of recommendation submitted independently of your application via email.

Applicants will be selected for achievement at their respective levels (undergraduate, graduate, doctoral) based on the following criteria: academic performance and intellectual maturity; demonstrate leadership; commitments and engagements outside of formal education including professional service and community and political activism; and demonstrated knowledge of contemporary issues within the chosen track.

All application materials must be submitted via email to students.anthropology@gmail.com by Wednesday, August 1, 2018 11:59PM EST. Letters of recommendation should be sent with the subject: Applicant Name, ELAP 2018 letter of rec (for example: Jane Smith, ELAP 2018 letter of rec). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants will be notified by Friday, October 19, 2018.

For queries and further information, please contact the 2018 Awards Committee Chair (Peter Lee) at students.anthropology@gmail.com.


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.

  • Track 1 – 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?
  • Track 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.


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