17th Annual Award Competition for Graduate Student Paper on Anthropology and Reproduction

The Council on Anthropology and Reproduction (CAR), an interest group of the Society for Medical Anthropology, is delighted to announce our 17th annual award competition for the best graduate student paper on anthropology and reproduction. Submissions from all anthropological sub-disciplines are encouraged.

Criteria on which the papers will be judged:

-Ethnographic richness based on original fieldwork

-Anthropological methodology

-Linkage of work to literature in anthropology and reproduction

-Effective use of theory and data


-Organization, quality of writing, and coherence of argument


The papers will be read and evaluated by a committee of CAR members. The author of the winning paper will receive a cash award of approximately $200. The winner will be announced in both the CAR Newsletter and at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in 2018, and an abstract will be published in the CAR Newsletter.

All submissions must be received by July 1, 2018, 11:59 pm, and can be submitted at any time before the deadline. Please send two files: 1) the paper with no identifying information, and 2) a cover page that includes your name, mailing address, email address, and school affiliation. Email submission of .pdf files is preferred; if that presents a hardship, please contact us. 


Please send electronic copies to the Co-Chairs of the CAR Graduate Student Paper Competition Committee:

Elyse Singer onasinger@gmail.com  

Department of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma 

455 W Lindsey St, Norman, OK 73069


Joanna Mishtal jmishtal@ucf.edu

Department of Anthropology, University of Central Florida

4297 Andromeda Loop N., Orlando, FL 32816



 Papers should be double-spaced, no more than 9,000 words including references, and references should be formatted in American Anthropologist style.

Papers already published or accepted for publication at time of submission are not eligible.



1)    Can the paper be a critical synthetic review of literature?

No, the paper needs to be based on original research conducted by the author.

2)    Can the author graduate before the submission deadline and still be considered?

Yes, as long as the paper is submitted prior to graduation.

3)    Can the author be an undergraduate?

No. The author must be a graduate student.

4)    Can the paper be under review but not accepted?


5)    Can the submission be emailed?

Emailed is preferred, but print copies are allowed.

6)    Can the paper be co-authored?

The paper can be co-authored, if the student is the primary author and can attest to at least 50% of the data collection and analysis and at least 75% of the writing.

7)    Can a previous winner submit in another year?


8)    Can the author be from a program that is interdisciplinary?

Yes, if the student’s primary disciplinary orientation is anthropology. Note that papers are judged using anthropological research and writing standards and by anthropologists.


Questions may be directed to Elyse Singer at onasinger@gmail.com  or Joanna Mishtal at jmishtal@ucf.edu.