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Outstanding Graduate Student Paper
Call for Submissions

The Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) invites submissions for the 2023 ASAP Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award. This biennial award supports rising anthropologists of policy by celebrating and promoting their contributions to the field. The winner is awarded $250 and recognized at ASAP’s Annual Meeting during the AAA Annual Conference (November 15-19, 2023 in Toronto, ON, CA). The winner’s bio, paper title, abstract, and visual representation of the winning manuscript will be posted on the ASAP website as well as celebrated via ASAP’s social media outlets and AAA Communities.


Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Applicants must be in a degree-granting program (either Master’s or doctoral program) or graduated since the previous award (i.e., 2021). 

  2. Paper must be the original work of the graduate student or recent graduate.

  3. Papers must be based upon ethnographic fieldwork.

  4. Papers should directly contribute to the anthropology of policy, or, in other words, should study policies as social, political, and cultural phenomena. (Refer to ASAP’s Mission Statement for further details.)

  5. Agree to serve on the Award Committee as previous award winner.


Submission Guidelines:

A committee of three ASAP Board Members and the previous award winner(s) will review submissions based on:


  • the originality and depth of empirical research 

  • cogency of argument;

  • contribution to the field; 

  • the implications/ramifications of the study; and,

  • organization, quality, and clarity of writing. 


To be considered, send your paper, a cover letter describing how the paper addresses or contributes to the anthropology of policy, and a CV by Monday, June 6, 2023, 5pm EST, to The award winner will be notified by July 15, 2023.


Questions can be sent to Sarah A. Robert (, Award Committee Chair.​


***Please circulate widely!***

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