New Deadline for the 2023 Current Anthropology Visual Anthropology Competition

Deadline for submission is September 16, 2022.

To be eligible for the competition, please submit at least five and no more than ten photographs, along with a 1000-word description of the theme of your collection. Submissions can illustrate any topic of anthropological interest and should be compelling visually and intellectually.

The winner will be selected by CA’s editorial board, and the photographs will be featured on the cover of each issue for 2023. The winner will be asked to write a short introductory essay to be published in CA’s February 2023 issue.

Entries can be submitted through the CA Editorial Manager.

For questions regarding this competition, please contact the editorial office at curranth@press.uchicago.edu.

Leslie Aiello Wins the Franz Boas Award for Exemplary Service

Professor Leslie Aiello forged innovative pathways for the discipline of anthropology toward the goal of “the increase and dissemination of humanistic and scientific knowledge,” the distinct contribution recognized by the Franz Boas Award. In the spirit of the scholar after whom the award is named, she worked indefatigably to promote all four fields of anthropology, while in her own research she was a leading scholar of human evolution with a strong media presence. The crowning achievement of Leslie Aiello’s service to the discipline was her tenure as the fifth president of the Wenner-Gren Foundation from 2005 to 2017, when she oversaw the disbursement of close to $35 million in research grants, and nearly that sum in other grants and fellowships, in as many as fifteen funding categories, adding new categories in response to the changing needs of the times. She advanced the decolonization of anthropology through grants targeting countries where anthropology is under-represented, which funded institutional development, training for students and scholars, and collaborative projects involving the Global South. She worked together with the AAA in the process of revitalizing the (re-named) World Anthropological Union. She strengthened the public presence of anthropology through Engaged Anthropology grants, financial support for the launch of Anthropology Now, and the creation of the digital magazine SAPIENS (which reached over 20 million page views by 2022). Professor Aiello believed in the importance of raising awareness of the significance of anthropology for the world today, and she succeeded in implementing this vision.

Deadline Extended to July 15: Wenner-Gren Global Initiatives Grants

If you are involved in a project promoting the ethical treatment of human remains, please consider applying.  You can request as little as $5,000 and as much as $20,000 to support collaborations focused on the development of policies, guidelines, and best practices; public education and engagement; teaching and curation; and research that can serve as a model for others.

Click here to register for an information session on Friday, June 24 at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Apply now!

Feel free to contact Judy Kreid (jkreid@wennergren.org) or Danilyn Rutherford (drutherford@wennergren.org) if you have any questions.  

The deadline for the Global Initiatives Grant is July 15, 2022.

Global Initiatives Grant Information Session from Wenner-Gren Foundation on Vimeo.

Call for Applications: Doctoral Student Member of the Wenner-Gren Advisory Council

The Wenner-Gren Foundation is seeking a doctoral student to join the Advisory Council, a group of six anthropologists who offer feedback and advice to the Foundation on our programs, initiatives, and future directions. In early November and early May, the Advisory Council gathers in person for a day of discussion and deliberation, then joins the Foundation’s Board of Trustees for a special session the following day. In recent years, the Advisory Council has played an instrumental role in everything from the crafting of the Foundation’s new mission statement to the development of strategies for combatting racial injustice in anthropology and promoting the ethical treatment of human remains. The doctoral student member will serve a 1 year term, bringing a critical perspective to the Advisory Council’s deliberations at a moment of transformation in the Foundation and the discipline at large.

Eligibility:  Ideally, the successful candidate will have completed the requirements for their degree except the dissertation at the time they apply for this position. Individuals of all nationalities, subfields, and traditions of scholarship are welcome to apply. We are particularly welcome to applicants who will bring diverse viewpoints to our conversations. The doctoral student member will not be eligible to apply for a Wenner-Gren award for programs with deadlines falling between November 1 and May 1 during their term of service.

Role:  The doctoral student member will fully share in the work of the Advisory Council, (1) participating in an annual review of the Foundation’s activities, including those of SAPIENS and Current Anthropology, (2) guiding the selection of topics for Wenner-Gren Seminars and Symposia; (3) providing guidance on specific Wenner-Gren programs; (4) participating in a roundtable discussion on current issues and topics in anthropology in a joint session with the Board of Trustees; (5) advising the President when pressing issues arise.

Support: The Foundation will cover travel expenses, lodging, and a per diem for the November and May Advisory Council meetings, which will be held either at the Foundation’s offices in New York or at an off-site location.  For our doctoral student member, we will also provide a $500 stipend to offset any lost income.

Application Process:  Please provide the following:

  • A CV
  • A cover letter providing details concerning your status in your degree program (e.g., years in program and requirements completed such as ABD)
  • A short essay (of 500 words or fewer) describing why you’re interested in the position.  Wenner-Gren’s mission is to advance anthropological knowledge, amplify its impact, foster inclusivity, and address the precarity of anthropology as a career and field of study. How do you see yourself contributing to this work?

Applications must be received no later than August 1, 2022.  Email your cover letter, CV, and essay in a single PDF to Kathryn Derfler at kderfler@wennergen.org.

SAPIENS Public Scholars Training Fellowship Q&A

With the support of a three-year grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the SAPIENS Public Scholars Training Fellowship program guides anthropologists on accessible writing and podcasting for broad nonacademic audiences. The purpose of this fellowship program is to provide in-depth training for anthropologists in the craft of science communication and public scholarship. This competitive fellowship program will be held each summer to select a yearly cohort of 10 fellows. Each year will present a particular theme, drawing primarily from the research areas around cultural evolution: the Wisdom of World Cultures (2022–2023); the Impacts of Technology (2023–2024); and Global Challenges, Cultural Opportunities (2024–2025). Deadline: July 15.

Join us for a webinar on June 21st at 4pm EST to learn about the program and how to apply!

For more information about this program click here. Click here to apply.

SAPIENS Public Scholars Training Fellowship

General

With the support of a three-year grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the SAPIENS Public Scholars Training Fellowship program guides anthropologists on accessible writing and podcasting for broad nonacademic audiences. The purpose of this fellowship program is to provide in-depth training for anthropologists in the craft of science communication and public scholarship—to transform their research into stories that engage in the public and spur them to rethink themselves and their world.

Applications for the fellowship program will be accepted each summer to select a yearly cohort of 10 fellows. Each year will present a particular theme, drawing primarily from the research areas around cultural evolution: the Wisdom of World Cultures (2022–2023); the Impacts of Technology (2023–2024); and Global Challenges, Cultural Opportunities (2024–2025).

Each fellow will be selected for the academic year (September 1 – May 31) and be expected to: (1) enthusiastically participate in regular Zoom meetings and trainings with their cohort; (2) pitch, develop, and publish at least one article for SAPIENS; (3) pitch, develop, and publish at least one article for another popular magazine; and (4) contribute to one SAPIENS Podcast episode, in collaboration with our production partner, House of Pod.

As part of this program, fellows will attend an exclusive quarterly keynote lecture by four renowned science writers and editors: Carl Zimmer, New York Times; Kate Wong, Scientific American; Samir Patel, Atlas Obscura; and Amanda Mascarelli, The Conversation.

We are especially interested in bringing historically marginalized voices—such as by race, ethnicity, gender identity, class, geography, or ability—to the center of public conversations.

Fellowship Benefits

Benefits of the fellowship include deepening skills in popular writing and podcasting, individual mentoring with SAPIENS staff and partners, an expanded professional network, public recognition for one’s research, and a US$2,500 award on the fellowship’s completion.

Application

The application deadline is July 15 annually, 2022-2024, to begin the September immediately following. It takes us two weeks to complete the review process and arrive at a final decision.

Applicants must be pursuing a research area that addresses the year’s theme and cannot defer an offer of fellowship to a subsequent year. Successful applicants can only receive the fellowship one time; however, unsuccessful applicants may apply for the next cycle.

Eligibility

Applicants must be either an ABD Ph.D. student currently enrolled in an anthropology degree program, have a Ph.D. in anthropology, and/or have an appointment in an anthropology department. Qualified applicants of any nationality or institutional affiliation may apply.

Criteria of Evaluation

Selection will be based on four criteria:

  1. Quality of the applicant’s research and its potential contribution to anthropological knowledge, theory, and debate
  2. Convergence of the applicant’s research with the year’s theme
  3. Applicant’s potential as an engaged public scholar
  4. Degree to which the applicant’s background, perspective, and experience will enrich the diversity of SAPIENS Magazine and selected cohort

Application Procedures

To present your proposal in the best possible light, closely follow all the procedures for completing your application. If you have any questions, contact us at editor•sapiens.org or 212.683.5000.

The application asks the following:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Short Bio (up to 100 words)
  • Academic credentials (anthropology student/degree completed/appointments)
  • Upload two-page CV (Word or PDF)
  • Describe your research and its potential contribution to anthropological knowledge, theory, and debate (up to 300 words)
  • Describe your interest in the year’s theme: The Wisdom of World Cultures (2022–2023); The Impacts of Technology (2023–2024); and Global Challenges, Cultural Opportunities (2024–2025) (up to 200 words)
  • Describe your interest in and/or contributions to engaged public scholarship (up to 200 words)
  • SAPIENS is committed to bringing historically marginalized voices—such as by race, ethnicity, gender identity, class, geography, or ability—to the center of public conversations. If applicable, please describe how your background, perspective, or research contribute to this goal (up to 100 words)

By submitting your application, if selected, you are agreeing to SAPIENS’ Terms of Use—and to collaboratively work together with your colleagues, SAPIENS editorial team, and project partners in a timely, responsive, and respectful manner.

Please do not send any other materials beyond what the application requests. Do not send transcripts, letters of recommendation, manuscripts, publications, photographs, or recordings. We will not use this material in the review process, and we cannot return it to you.

Applicants must create a Submittable account and submit through the portal here.

 

Webinar – June 14th: Proposal Writing for the Wenner-Gren Foundation: Applying for an Engaged Research Grant

On June 14th at 1:00 PM EST and 8:00 PM EST tune in for the last two installments of “Proposal Writing for the Wenner-Gren Foundation: Applying for an Engaged Research Grant”.

To register for the 1:00 PM EST event click here.

To register for the 8:00 PM EST event click here.

The past two years have forced anthropologists to reckon with their discipline’s history and the nature of the relationships they forge through their research. They are finding themselves asking themselves hard questions about the ethical implications of the work they do.

The best way to advance knowledge in anthropology is to draw on new sources of insight. The best way to ensure anthropological research has an impact is to make sure projects are meaningful for everyone involved. By supporting projects that are collaborative from the get-go, the Wenner-Gren Foundation hopes to demonstrate the value of this new approach to research for the field more generally.

Join the Foundation’s president, Danilyn Rutherford, for a discussion of the Engaged Research Grant program. Danilyn will describe the program’s objectives, go over the criteria of evaluation, and offer tips on writing a winning proposal. There will be lots of time for questions.

This workshop will have CART captioning.