2018 DRIG Travel Award

The Disability Research Interest Group (DRIG) of the Society for Medical Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association is pleased to announce our 2018 DRIG Travel Award.

The DRIG Travel Award supports innovation in research pertaining to the anthropology of disability and the participation of people with disabilities in the field of anthropological research. The DRIG believes that people with disabilities are underrepresented in our field, as both scholars and research participants. Consequently, disabled people’s experiences are frequently left out of anthropological knowledge production. For this reason, the DRIG seeks to honor the research of emerging scholars examining disability experiences and who critically and ethically engage with disability in local and global contexts. We are offering two one-time $100 awards to honor strong emerging scholarship in Disability Anthropology. Awardees are selected based on a combination of scholarly merit and financial need.

To be considered for one of two $100 awards, please submit the following items no later than Wednesday August 1, 2018:

  1. An email including your name, affiliation (or independent scholar status), and contact information
  2. A current CV
  3. The title and abstract for your AAA presentation for the 2018 Meeting in San Jose, CA
  4. A statement of no more than two pages describing your reason for seeking this award. This statement should include a paragraph about the specific contribution that your work makes to the anthropology of disability/anthropological research on disability.

Please send all application materials to Heather Thomas (thomash@uci.edu), with “DRIG Travel Award Application” in the subject line by Wednesday August 1, 2018. Preferred file types are MS Word and PDF.

Recipients of the travel award will be selected by current members of the DRIG Steering Committee and notified by email. The award will be presented in check or gift card form during the DRIG’s business meeting at the 2018 AAA Annual Meeting in San Jose, CA. The date and time of that meeting will be announced as we draw nearer to the conference date.