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Guidelines for the Praxis Award Competition

NOTE:  Deadlines for the Praxis Award competition are being revised. Please check back for updated information.

Entrants are strongly advised to first read the general information page about the award competition, and then thoroughly review the entire list of entry procedures below. The questions and criteria provided should serve to orient you as to what constitutes a strong submission. The Praxis Award competition has a two-stage submission process.


Although it is not required, potential entrants are strongly encouraged to complete and submit a 2-pp pre-entry form by May 1, 2019. The pre-entry will serve to determine if your project or effort is a good fit for the Praxis Award competition.

Pre-Entry Form Submission Procedure

Download 2019 Pre-Entry Form (MS Word format)

The pre-entry form should be completed and submitted in PDF or MS Word format before the May 1 deadline. Completed forms should be emailed to the Praxis Award chair Robert Winthrop at praxisaward@gmail.com. All submissions will be acknowledged within 24 hrs. Entrants will be advised within three weeks as to whether they should go on to complete a full application packet.


Should entrants receive a positive response to their pre-entries from the Praxis Committee, they will be invited to complete a full entry packet. If entrants do not complete a pre-entry form, they may still complete the full entry packet in the competition. However, those who submit a pre-entry will enjoy something of an advantage. The deadline for full applications is July 1, 2019.

Full Application Packet

Each full entry should contain the following three components (the first two must follow the template linked below):

1. A cover page (maximum 2 pages) with the following information:
  • name(s) of project anthropologist(s)
  • project client(s)/sponsor(s)
  • project title
  • project abstract (100 words maximum)
  • date of submission
  • biographical sketch(es)
2. A descriptive essay (maximum five to ten single-spaced, numbered pages, 12-point font, 1" margins) that:
  • Identifies the client(s) and the problem being addressed, and explains how one or more anthropologists became involved in the project
  • Describes the project's objective(s) and design, with attention to the role of anthropologist(s) and the use of anthropological concepts in developing the approach to the problem
  • Presents an overview of how the project was implemented, including the phases and processes entailed, unanticipated difficulties encountered and resolved, and ways in which anthropological methods and data were applied in carrying it out
  • Delineates the project's major results and the degree to which it succeeded in achieving its objective(s), and explains the relative importance of anthropology in the attainment of project outcomes (i.e., articulates the "anthropological difference")
Note: References should be kept to a minimum, and do not count toward the 10-page total.
3. Supporting documents: entries will be strengthened by supporting letters and public testimonials from project clients and beneficiaries, as well as any relevant media releases (limit three for each of these). Up to three, low-resolution photos may be included at the end of the text, but they must be relevant and necessary to enhance the full application.

Ideally, the final, combined full application packet should be less than 3-4 Mb in size. Thus, any graphics should be minimal and low resolution.

Submission of Full Application Packet

Download 2019 Praxis Award cover page and essay template  (MS Word PC format)

Full application packets (items 1, 2 and 3 above) should be completed and submitted in either PDF or MS Word format, ideally with all materials integrated into a single document, via electronic mail to the Praxis Award Chair, Robert Winthrop, at praxisaward@gmail.com. Supporting documents should be scanned and included electronically with the submission packet. 

Recipient Notification

Award recipients will be notified in sufficient time to plan travel to the award ceremony to be scheduled at the November-December 2019 AAA meetings in Vancouver, BC.

Updated 22 April 2018

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