Thomas Marchione Award

The Thomas Marchione Food-as-a-Human-Right Student Award

The Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition has created an endowed award that honors the seminal work Dr. Marchione did on behalf of the poor and undernourished both in academics and through his work as a Peace Corps volunteer, at The Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute, The Great Lakes Project on the Economic Crisis and USAID.  Made possible through generous donations of family and friends, this annual award will be given 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 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.

There will be one annual award of $600.  The award may be for proposed or in-process research or a research prize for completed work.  The award will be presented to the awardee at the SAFN annual business meeting at the American Anthropological Association annual meeting.

Eligibility and selection criteria

Eligibility: Open to Masters and Doctoral level students who will have completed their coursework and research proposal by the time of the annual AAA meeting.  Students already engaged in relevant research, action or advocacy may apply in acknowledgement of their accomplishments.  Students must be members of the AAA to apply.  Proposals must be focused on developing world countries.

Deadline for Applications: September 10, 2016 (applications received after this date cannot be reviewed).

Send all application materials (including the check list/cover sheet) and direct inquiries to Dr. Amy Trubek, Vice-President of SAFN (atrubek (at) uvm.edu).

Application Process: Research Award: Students will apply to the research award competition with a four page single-spaced proposal with the following sections:

1)    Statement of problem/research question with a clear statement of how this research addresses questions of food security, food justice or food as a human right (up to one half-page).

2)    Literature review where the applicant articulates how his/her work/research builds on and advances Dr. Marchione’s work on food justice, food as human right, and food security (based on linked articles) (up to one page).

3)    Clear articulation of the research strategy, design, methods, and analysis plan (up to one page).

4)    Statement of applicant’s preparation for the proposed research including language training, research training and previous experience, program description and mentor name and contact information. Include on this page a brief budget and budget justification indicating how the funds will be used (up to one page).

5)    Statement of how this award and the associated research will develop the applicant’s career goals (one-half page).

Additional materials:

6)    Student’s Curriculum Vitae;

7)    Letter from student’s thesis/dissertation chair/advisor attesting to student’s preparation and status (e.g., language proficiency, having passed qualifying exam, defended proposal, etc.).

Application Process: Research Prize

Students will apply to the research prize competition with a four page single-spaced statement with the following sections:

1)    Detailed description of core findings and how they advance the work pioneered by Dr. Marchione.  This should illustrate the research/action approach.  How has this research served to advance an agenda for food security and/or food as a human right, at the local level and/or more broadly?  Discuss the process by which research was converted to action and the current state of the process or project (up to two pages).

2)    Statement of the initial problem/research question with a clear explanation of how this research addresses questions of food security, food justice or food as a human right (up to one half-page).

3)    Literature review where the applicant articulates how his/her work/research builds on and advances Dr. Marchione’s work for food justice, food as a human right, and food security (up to one page).

4)    Succinct description of research strategy, design, methods, and analysis (up to one half-page).

5)    Statement of how this award and the associated research develops the applicant’s career goals (one-half page).

Additional materials

6)    Student’s Curriculum Vitae;

7)    Include as appendices any publications, reports, websites, etc. that resulted from the work proposed for the prize.

Proposal review

The review committee will review all applications and rate them on the following points of Dr. Marchione’s mission regarding food security, food justice and food as a human right: (35 total possible points).

a.    Fidelity to the mission of Dr. Marchione toward food as a human right. (10 points)

  1. Coherence of the argument and the value of the proposed or completed research. (10 points);
  2. Coherence of research design. (10 points);
  3. Coherence of the student’s preparation and how the research will contribute to future career plans (5 points).

The following works may be consulted for additional information:

Beuchelt, Tina and Detlef Virchow. 2012. Food Sovereignty or the human right to adequate food: which concept serves better as international development policy for global hunger and poverty reduction?  Agriculture and Human Values.  29: 259-273.

Marchione, Thomas J.1996. The right to food in the post-Cold War era. Food Policy 21, 83-102.

Marchione, Thomas J. (Ed.). 1999. Scaling Up Scaling Down: Overcoming Malnutrition in Developing Countries.  Amsterdam: Gordon and Breach

Messer, Ellen, Marc J. Cohen, and Thomas Marchione. 2001. Conflict: A Cause and Effect of Hunger.  ECSP Report, Issue 7 .