SMA’s COVID-19 Emergency Grant Information

Description and Application

The purpose of the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA) COVID-19 Emergency Grant program is to assist financially vulnerable SMA members whose work has been disrupted by the pandemic. These disruptions include but are not limited to major loss of income due to changes in teaching schedules, research support, training opportunities, employment by or contract work with NGOs, multilateral or activists or similar organizations, and graduate funding tied to teaching assistantships, research funding, or other support that has suddenly disappeared. The SMA has created a fund from which we will make one-time $500 emergency grants that can be used to offset loss of income due to the pandemic and mitigation measures.

To be eligible, applicants must:
  • Be current SMA members who joined on or before February 15, 2020
  • Have experienced significant financial hardship due to COVID-19
  • Submit a complete application

The application deadline is May 10, 2020.  Although SMA’s goal to fund all qualifying requests, a lottery will be applied if demand exceeds the available funds and it is not possible to obtain additional donations or other funding. To apply, click here.

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is also running a COVID-19 Emergency Grant program. To apply to the AAA program click here.

Contributions to the SMA COVID 19 Emergency Fund

The Board has voted to allocate $10,000 in SMA funds for this purpose. And, we are pleased to report that current and past SMA presidents have already promised donations amounting to an additional $5,000.  If you are able to make a donation to support the emergency fund, we encourage you to do so at this time. Your tax-deductible donation will further extend SMA’s ability to support our members during this challenging time and will help ensure a more vibrant future for medical anthropology.  The SMA is committed to using all donations to the general fund in support of these emergency aid grants. To donate to this fund, click here.