CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:
The Association of Black Anthropologists is pleased to invite applications
for the John L. Gwaltney Native Anthropology Scholarship. This award was
launched with a contribution from the Gwaltney family, to honor the life and
intellectual legacy of Dr. Gwaltney (1928–1988) whose interests included a
strong focus on Black life in industrial cities. The scholarship will be
awarded to assist emerging scholars to further their research. Preference
will be given to scholars who are ABD or post-graduate who have not held the
position of Assistant Professor for more than two years though consideration
will be given to individuals whose accomplishments are comparable outside of
the academic setting. Preference will also be given to scholars from the
four subfields and applied practice of anthropology, but consideration will
be given to those in other disciplines who meet the overall criteria.
Applicants must be members of ABA. The winner or winner(s) will receive a
certificate and a cash award ($500).
Proposals will be judged according to the following criteria:
• Significance to African Americans and/or the African Diaspora
• Evidence of the public and community engagement and/or activist
nature of the research
• Originality of the research topic
• Organization, quality, and clarity of writing
• Effective use of both theory and data
• Timeliness and relevance of the topic
Candidates must submit a cover sheet, a two-page vita, one letter of
recommendation, and an original (unpublished) essay, not to exceed 28 pages
total (10,000 words), which reflects a Native Anthropology approach
consistent with those espoused by John L. Gwaltney by May 1st, 2011. No late
applications will be processed. Essays must be original in content and
research, cannot be under review by any journal, cannot have won any
previous awards, or have been accepted for publication in any refereed or
The winning essay will be published (pending requested editorial changes) in
Transforming Anthropology. Non-winning essays will be sent through the
regular peer-review process for possible publication at a future date. The
winner of the scholarship will be notified prior to the annual meeting and
the award will be announced at the ABA Business meeting. By the next year,
prior to the annual ABA business meeting, the scholarship recipient must
submit a two-page report to the ABA President. All or parts of this report
will be published in the ABA Column of Anthropology News.
Application Cover sheet
Contact Information (phone, email, address)
Graduation Date (Post-graduates) or Anticipated Graduation Date (ABD
Dissertation Title (or tentative title)
Information about the Research Project:
Abstract / Synopsis of your research topic and central questions (Maximum
Describe your original contributions to the scholarship on this subject
Why is it important at this moment in time?
In what ways does this project involve community engagement and/or activism?
How is this research public in nature?
What is the significance to African Americans and/or the African Diaspora?
Anticipated findings and implications for praxis
Planned use of funds
DEADLINE AND SUBMISSION PROCESS
The deadline for applications is May 1st, 2011 via email to the Gwaltney
Research Grant Committee: Melanie E. L. Bush, Chair, Scholarship Selection
Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please indicate "Gwaltney Research
Scholarship" submission" in the subject line of your email. Questions may
also be sent to this address.
You will receive a confirmation that your proposal has been received.
Electronic versions of the application should be formatted as either a PDF
file or a Microsoft Word document. Only one submission per person will be