Call for Submissions: 2016 David M. Schneider Award

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is pleased to announce the annual competition for the David M. Schneider Award for an original graduate student essay. Throughout his life, David Schneider's work on kinship, cultural theory, and American culture was provocative and iconoclastic. The $1,000 award will be given in recognition of work that treats one or more of these topics in a fresh and innovative fashion. The presentation of the award will take place at the AAA’s annual meeting in Minneapolis. The winning essay will be announced in Anthropology News and will be sent to Cultural Anthropology, a journal that David Schneider helped to found, to be considered for publication.

Authors must be graduate students in anthropology who have been admitted to candidacy for, but have not yet received, their PhD by March 1, 2016. Essays may be entered into competition by either authors or their dissertation advisors. Awardees must be members of the American Anthropological Association.

Please submit an unpublished essay of no more than 30 pages in length (double spaced, 12 point font, inclusive of notes and bibliography). The essay need not use Schneider's ethnographic or theoretical writings, but it should exhibit an innovative approach to one or more of the topics—kinship, cultural theory, or American culture—that were central to his work. You should also provide a two-page CV that includes contact information through December 2016; a one-page abstract that clearly states the argument of your essay, its relevance to the topics of kinship, cultural theory, and/or American culture, and the key innovations it advances; and a brief letter from your dissertation advisor, director of graduate studies, or department chair certifying that you have been admitted to candidacy for the PhD and will not yet have received the PhD by March 1, 2016.

Electronic submissions can be sent to You can also send four physical copies of the above materials to: Kathy Ano, American Anthropological Association, 2300 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 1301, Arlington, VA 22201.