Advanced Seminar Application

How to Apply

All application materials must be submitted through the online application system. Only fully completed applications that adhere to SAR’s guidelines and deadlines will be considered. The completed application must be submitted by February 1.

The proposal should explain:

  • The topic of the seminar and key questions to be addressed
  • How the topic is of broad importance to anthropology and/or disciplines outside of anthropology
  • Why a seminar is necessary in order to address the topic
  • Why a seminar is needed now
  • Who the participants in the seminar might be, what each would contribute, and the likelihood that each would participate
  • The expected results of the seminar

SAR encourages seminar organizers to include scholars representing a mix of perspectives—including different fields within anthropology and other disciplines outside of anthropology—and to consider the ethnic and gender balance of the group. Inclusion of a discussant as one of the participants is encouraged.

The application must include:

  • Abstract, of no more than 150 words
  • Proposal, not to exceed six double-spaced pages, addressing the criteria listed above
  • Short bibliography, not to exceed one single-spaced page, of references cited in the proposal
  • Curriculum vitae, not to exceed four single-spaced pages, for the seminar chair(s) only

Selection Criteria

Seminars are awarded competitively based on evaluations by a specially convened panel of reviewers who represent a broad spectrum of intellectual expertise.

Applications are evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Proposal Presentation: Proposals should explain the research topic, key questions to be addressed, and methodologies in a clear and organized manner. Competitive proposals are jargon free.
  • Significance of Seminar: Proposals should make a strong case for the intellectual significance of the seminar. How is the research exciting, innovative, and important in a broad anthropological and humanistic perspective?
  • Appropriateness for SAR: The proposed seminar should clearly align with SAR’s Mission.
  • Quality of Research: Research questions and goals should clearly align with the project’s methodologies and stated outcomes. Expected results should be realistic and achievable and the project should be professionally responsible.
  • Timeliness of Seminar: The proposal should make a strong case for why a seminar is necessary to address the topic and why the seminar is needed now.
  • Ability of Organizer(s): The CVs of the organizer(s) should demonstrate proven experience in organizing academic events (e.g., chairing conference panel sessions, co-editing book volumes or special journal issues). Their publication records should be strong relative to their discipline and career stage.
  • Appropriateness of Participant List: The participants’ research expertise and professional experience should clearly align with the seminar’s research topic and key questions to be addressed. Each participant’s anticipated contribution to the seminar should be stated.

For questions, please call (505) 954-7201 or email: seminar[at]

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