Applied Anthropology Seminar Application

How to Apply

Any scholar wishing to organize an applied anthropology seminar should email a copy (MS Word or PDF) to seminar[at] Please specify, "Seminar Proposal Submission" in the subject line. The completed application must be submitted by September 15. Only fully completed applications that adhere to SAR’s guidelines and deadlines will be considered.

The proposal should explain:

  • The topic of the seminar and key questions to be addressed
  • How the topic is of broad importance to applied anthropology
  • Why a seminar is necessary in order to address the topic
  • Why a seminar is needed now
  • Who the participants might be, what each would contribute, and the likelihood that each would participate
  • The expected results of the seminar, including participation in the SfAA plenary session and preparation of a manuscript to be submitted to SAR Press for potential publication

SAR encourages seminar organizers to include scholars representing a mix of perspectives and to consider the ethnic and gender balance of the group.

The application must include:

  • Seminar Cover Sheet (PDF, 260 KB)
  • Abstract, of no more than 150 words
  • Proposal, not to exceed six double-spaced pages, addressing the criteria listed above
  • Short bibliography, 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 scholarship within applied anthropology.

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 and applied significance of the seminar. How is the research exciting, innovative, and of broad importance to applied anthropology.
  • 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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