AFA Dissertation Award

AFA 2018 Dissertation Award – Deadline MAY 1



Cash award to support the writing phase of a dissertation that makes a significant contribution to feminist anthropology




To apply, you must be:

  • A doctoral candidate in anthropology or an interdisciplinary program with significant grounding in anthropological theory and methods. All sub-fields of anthropology are encouraged to apply
  • An AFA member at the time of submission
  • In the write-up phase of the dissertation at the time the award is given (November 2016, AAA meeting).


Applications will be judged on:

  • Use of, and engagement with, feminist anthropology in framing the research topic and findings
  • Significance to feminist anthropology
  • Originality of dissertation topic or analytic lens
  • Timeliness or relevance of topic

Complete applications must include the following:
1. Dissertation project proposal of five double-spaced pages, plus bibliography.
2. Short CV (no more than two pages).
3. One-page statement detailing the contribution of the dissertation project to, and engagement with, feminist anthropology.
4. Cover letter indicating applicant’s subfield, current status, and dissertation adviser.
5. Letter of recommendation from the dissertation adviser.  This should frame the work within feminist anthropology. The adviser should also certify that the graduate student will be in the dissertation writing phase at the time the award is given (November 2018, AAA meeting).  The letter should be sent directly to the Committee chairperson listed below.

  1. Proof of AFA membership (section memberships are documented in your AAA membership information; a print out or excerpt from this webpage is acceptable)

Assemble application materials (except letter of recommendation) into one PDF file and submit via e-mail to:

Dr. Bianca Williams, Chair, AFA Dissertation Award Committee

Associate Professor, Anthropology

CUNY Graduate Center