Call for Applicants: Emerging Leaders in Anthropology Program (ELAP)

ELAP Announcement

Opportunity for San Francisco and Beyond!!

DEADLINE: November 3rd, 2012

The National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA), a section of the American Anthropological Association, in partnership with the Association for Queer Anthropology (AQA), the General Anthropology Division (GAD), the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA), the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA), the Committee on World Anthropologies, and the Committee on Public Policy announce a new program in 2012 for developing leadership in the field of anthropology. We welcome students to submit targeted applications for one of four program spots. Program participants will receive training in AAA and NASA governance, contemporary issues in anthropology on this year’s selected tracks (engaged/activist anthropology and world anthropologies), mentoring from anthropologists engaged in participants’ area of interest, and will have the opportunity to attend a special meeting at the AAA San Francisco meeting.

Positions for 2012:
AQA-NASA Emerging Leader in Queer Anthropology
SMA-NASA Emerging Leader in Medical Anthropology
GAD-NASA Emerging Leader in Topics Spanning the Subfields
APLA-NASA Emerging Leader in Political and Legal Anthropology

I. Program contents
— $500 toward expenses for attendance at the AAA conference in San Francisco;
— free membership to the National Association of Student Anthropologists;
— free registration for AAA San Francisco 2012.
AAA San Francisco 2012
— AAA governance training;
— NASA governance participation;
— ELAP Cohort Training Lunch: issues in anthropology, fellowship/scholarship/funding presentation.
Mentoring and professional training paper
— pairing with two senior anthropologists: one in their topical area, one on their chosen track;
— production of a professional research training paper (PTP);
— students are free to use their PTPs as they see fit, but a special arrangement may be possible with Student Anthropologist, subject to approval by the journal’s editorial board.

II. Eligibility
i) Any student, ii) regardless of nationality, iii) enrolled at least half-time in a program in anthropology (minor, major, or interdisciplinary area where the focus is anthropology), iv) having completed at least two years of tertiary education at the time of application, and v) able to travel to the AAA meeting in San Francisco in November 2012.
Current officers of the National Association of Student Anthropologists and partnering sections are ineligible to apply.

III. Professional training paper topics
Student shall have the opportunity to produce an original piece of research during the program with the assistance of participating mentors on a contemporary topic in anthropology. Students shall have several months after the completion of the AAA meeting to work on this paper, and may have an opportunity for publication.

World Anthropologies: Critically assess one or more concerns relating to world anthropologies. These may include different genealogical, theoretical, institutional, or cultural issues. How have contemporary writers addressed these concerns? How can we surpass the metropolitan provincialism of hegemonic anthropologies?
Identify any related or concurrent problems. Suggest how we might approach the problem in a new light considering language, teaching and publishing issues that replicate inequality in the world system of anthropological production.

Engaged/Activist anthropology: Engaged/activist anthropology has come to mean a great many things. Briefly discuss the different approaches anthropologists have taken. Then identify and discuss an approach you find particularly compelling in light of contemporary social, economic, and cultural issues with which anthropologists grapple.

IV. Application procedure
To apply, please use our online form. You will need to upload an informal transcript, a current resume or CV, and a 500 word statement. You will also need to arrange for a letter of recommendation supporting your application to be emailed independently to
Application form
Go to:
Personal statement uploaded via the online form
Applicants will need to write a brief statement of no more than 500 words specifying why you would like to participate in the program, your professional plans after completing your education, your research interests, and a preliminary indication of the concerns within the track you have selected that you intend to address in your professional training paper;
Letter of recommendation
A letter of recommendation should be sent to with the subject ‘Your Name, ELAP 2012 letter of rec’ (for example: Jane Smith, ELAP 2012 letter of rec).
Basis of selection
Applicants will be selected for achievement at their respective levels (undergraduate, master, doctoral) based on the following criteria:
— academic performance and intellectual maturity;
— demonstrated leadership;
— commitments and engagements outside of formal education, including community and political activism and professional service;
— demonstrated knowledge of contemporary issues within the track chosen (engaged/activist
anthropology or world anthropologies).
V. Questions
Please send all questions to:

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