SAFN Awards for 2023!

Award Winning Cheese! Photo: David Beriss

Ryan Adams

The Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition offers five awards annually. Please follow the links below for application requirements, forms, procedures, and a full description of what is awarded for each.

Two awards with a March 30th Deadline:

The Future of Food Anthropology Fellowship, to amplify the research, community-engaged scholarship, or activism of junior scholars of color and catalyze more public engagement with food anthropology, while also building a more inclusive anthropology of food and nutrition. 

The Student Research Award, to support the research phase of an original project focused on food and nutritional anthropology. This award is focused on decolonized, ethical research on food justice and food sovereignty.

Three awards with a June 15th Deadline:

The Thomas Marchione Food-as-a-Human-Right Student Award, for research and writing that engages with food security and food sovereignty issues.

The Christine Wilson Awards, one award for undergraduate research papers and another award for graduate student research papers that examine topics within the perspectives of nutrition, food studies and anthropology.

Some further details on each award:

Future of Food Anthropology Fellowship: Building on our 2020 Statement on Racial Injustice, SAFN is launching the Future of Food Anthropology Fellowship. Beginning in 2023, we will award two fellowships annually to junior self-identified BIPOC scholars. The award includes $500 and a one-year membership to AAA and SAFN. The aim of this fellowship is to amplify the research, community-engaged scholarship, or activism of junior scholars of color and catalyze more public engagement with food anthropology, while also building a more inclusive anthropology of food and nutrition. These fellowships aim to provide an opportunity for junior scholars of color to amplify their voices and scholarship by creating:

Student Research Award: The Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition invites applications for our $800 annual research award for Masters or PhD level students at an accredited college or university with a concentration in food and nutritional anthropology. The funding is intended to support the research phase of the project. This year we are particularly interested in decolonized, ethical research focused on food justice and food sovereignty.

The Thomas Marchione Food-as-a-Human-Right Student Award: This annual award will be awarded to a student whose work continues and expands Dr. Marchione’s efforts toward food justice, food security and access, and most directly, food as a human right. Students applying for this award should demonstrate active and productive engagement with food security and food sovereignty issues. The $750 award can be in recognition of exemplary work already accomplished, in progress, or for proposed work in the field of food as a human right and the social justice aspects of food systems.  It should show concern for the poor and undernourished and a willingness to take an active role in working on behalf of food sovereignty.  Ideally, it would be given to those who are trying to work, in Dr. Marchione’s words, on “the best and more sustainable approaches to fulfill the right to food.”  Given Dr. Marchione’s legacy, preference will be given to proposals from students actively engaged in the central issues that animated his career as a scholar-activist.

Christine Wilson Awards: Undergraduate or Graduate papers may report on research undertaken in whole or in part by the author. Co–authored work is acceptable, provided that submitting student is first author. Papers must have as their primary focus an anthropological approach to the study of food and/or nutrition and must present original, empirical research; literature reviews are not eligible. Papers that propose a new conceptual framework or outline novel research designs or methodological approaches are especially welcome. Papers can be submitted for publication at the time of their submission to the Wilson award, but they cannot be in the revision process or accepted for publication. Winners of both the Undergraduate Christine Wilson Award and the Graduate Christine Wilson Award will receive $500 each. 

Got questions? Reach out to Ryan Adams, chair of the SAFN Awards Committee.

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