SHA President’s Award for Student Scholarship


2022 Call for Submissions: SHA Presidents Awards for Student Writing

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA) announces our competition for student writing, the 2022 SHA Presidents Award for Graduate Student Writing, and the 2022 SHA Presidents Award for Undergraduate Student Writing, and invites submissions in both categories.

Ordinarily, submissions from graduate students must be a paper delivered at an academic conference. Owing to the number of conferences that have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19, this year graduate papers need not have been delivered at an academic conference. Undergraduate submissions need not be conference papers. A committee drawn from current, past, and incoming SHA Presidents will judge the papers on originality, creativity, clarity of writing, and most importantly, contribution to humanistic anthropology. We are interested in the extent to which the papers explore what anthropology reveals about being human, capture the ways in which people create and/or transform meaning in various contexts, address the relationships between researcher and subjects, challenge conventional academic writing through alternative literary genres, and make anthropology accessible to the general public. 

Papers should be 7-10 pages in length (double-spaced and in 12-pt font, excluding references), and should be submitted electronically. Papers should be accompanied by a brief cover letter, including academic affiliation, year in program of study, contact information, the category of submission (undergraduate or graduate), and relevant details about the paper (at which conference it was presented, if applicable, or for what course it was written).

Papers already published or accepted for publication at the time of submission are not eligible. You need not be a member of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology to submit a paper, but we encourage students to join and participate in the Society. Any student currently enrolled in any accredited college or university in any nation is eligible for these prizes. Limit one submission per student. Submissions must be received no later than 15 June 2022.

The author of the winning paper in each category will receive an award certificate, $100 prize, and one year gift memberships to the Society for Humanistic Anthropology and the American Anthropological Association. Winners will be announced on our website and in the SHA column in Anthropology News. First place winners will be invited to read at our awards sessions at the AAA meeting in November, where the awards will be presented.

Please send submissions and questions to: Lauren Griffith at