The 2021 Praxis Award Competition: Anthropologists Making a Difference



The Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists (WAPA) announces the opening of the 2021 Praxis competition.


This prestigious award recognizes anthropologists who have made outstanding achievements in employing anthropological knowledge, skills, or methods to a specific endeavor or project. See an overview on WAPA's website for more information about the award. “Ideal award candidates are anthropologists who can demonstrate the value of anthropological knowledge, theory and methods to solve problems addressed through public and/or private sector efforts (e.g., government, industry, or non-profit). The competition is open to anyone holding an MA or PhD in any sub-field of anthropology. In exceptional cases, applicants with a BA in anthropology may be considered (for example, in countries where the anthropology BA is considered to be a final degree).”


Please encourage qualified colleagues to apply for the Praxis award or think about nominating yourself! The guidelines and timeline provide details about the application process and the application forms. Applicants are encouraged to submit a two-page pre-entry application by July 1, 2021. Pre-entry applications will undergo review by members of the 2021 Praxis Award Committee who will provide the applicant with constructive feedback. The full application is limited to 10 pages plus accompanying documents, and is due September 1, 2021.


The 2021 Praxis Award carries a $1000 (one thousand dollar) honorarium. The awardee(s) will be honored at a ceremony at the 2022 annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA).

Please contact this year’s Praxis chair, Bill Roberts, praxisaward2021@gmail.com, who can provide clarification or encouragement to prospective applicants. This is a great opportunity for anthropologists to share with a broader public the anthropological difference their work has made in a specific project or endeavor.

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