The Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) invites submissions for the 2020 Graduate Paper Prize. A condensed version of the winning paper will be published in the ASAP Anthropology News column and linked on the ASAP website

Papers must be based upon substantial and original ethnographic fieldwork.  A committee of ASAP board members will read and assess the papers based upon the originality and depth of their empirical research and their contribution to the field; organization, quality, and clarity of writing; the implications/ramifications of the policy and its implementation; and cogency of argument. Please note: papers should directly address the anthropology of policy rather than merely policy per se.

Manuscripts should be sent to Jennifer Hubbert at hubbert@lclark.edu as two separate Word Documents. Entries should be double-spaced and should include one file containing essay text alone (i.e. with author’s name removed) and a second file containing the cover page (see details below). The award winner will be notified in the fall of 2020.


  1. Students must be in a degree-granting program (including MA or PhD) at the time of their submission.

  2. Paper must be the original work of the student and previously unpublished.

  3. Paper must have been written in the current 2019-2020 academic year (i.e., since August 2019).

  4. Limit of one submission per student; previous applicants may apply.


Formatting Instructions:

  1. All manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced.

  2. Maximum length for the body of the text 7,000 words.

  3. All submissions must follow the standard anthropological format for citations, endnotes, and “References Cited” as outlined in the American Anthropologist style guide.

  4. Authors must include a title and an abstract of 250 words or less on the first page of the paper.

  5. The author’s name, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, university affiliation and academic status (MA or PhD) should appear typed on a cover sheet separate from the manuscript. The author’s name should not appear elsewhere on the manuscript.


The paper must be submitted to Jennifer Hubbert by July 15, 2020. No late entries will be accepted. Outside of the award itself, comments on the papers will not be provided to authors.

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