Council for Museum Anthropology Student Travel Award

The Council for Museum Anthropology’s Student Travel Awards are designed to support graduate student travel to the annual AAA meeting to present papers and/or posters. Current graduate students and recent graduate degree recipients (those who have defended within the year of the award) are eligible to apply. Each year, CMA will award up to two prizes of $500 each.

Application packets (maximum 5 pages) must include: a brief letter indicating the applicant’s student status and explaining how this project reflects the student’s graduate work; a copy of the abstract for the proposed paper or poster (and for the session in which they will be presenting, if known); and a letter of endorsement from an academic advisor at the student’s institution of study. Applications must be submitted as digital data (Word documents, pdf files and/or jpg files), sent via email to arrive on or before the deadline. Email all three members of the Awards Committee:
Gwendolyn Saul (,
Joshua Bell (
Karl Hoerig (

Evaluation Criteria: 1) Creativity: Is the paper or poster a unique and novel contribution to museum anthropology? 2) Commitment: Does the student demonstrate a commitment to the field of museum anthropology? 3) Impact: Does the paper or poster have the potential to develop into a work that could more broadly impact the field of museum anthropology?

Student Travel Award recipients will be formally recognized at the CMA Reception during the AAA Annual Meeting. They will be presented with a check for $500 and a certificate of the award. Award winners will be notified by August 15 so they have sufficient time to make travel arrangements.

Deadline: April 15, 2016