SMA Awards

The SMA offer several annual prizes.

Career Awards

The Career Achievement Award honors an individual who has advanced the field of medical anthropology through career-long contributions to theory or method, and who has been successful in communicating the relevance of medical anthropology to broader publics. Candidates for this award should be senior scholars, who are retiring, or have achieved emeritus status, or have passed the age of 65.

  • Deadline: July 1
  • Awarded: a Plaque
  • On even numbered years

The George Foster Practicing Medical Anthropology Award, first given in 2005, recognizes those who have made significant contributions to applying theory and methods in medical anthropology (particularly in diverse contexts), to multidisciplinary audiences and with some impact on policy.

  • Deadline: July 1
  • Awarded: a Plaque
  • On odd numbered years

The Hazel Weidman Award for Exemplary SeSMA Award Form – V2rvice to the Society for Medical Anthropology  honors an individual who has who has, over the course of a career, demonstrated extraordinary service to the profession. Any SMA member with a long-standing record of service to the Society is eligible for this award.

  • Deadline: July 1
  • Awarded: a Plaque
  • On odd numbered years

The MASA Graduate Student Mentorship Award recognizes excellence in graduate student mentorship, and is aimed at senior or mid-career scholars who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to teaching and mentorship throughout their careers, particularly those who have taken the time to successfully guide their MA and PhD students through field work and the thesis or dissertation writing process.

  • Deadline: July 1
  • Awarded: a Plaque
  • On even years

Book and Dissertation Prizes

The Eileen Basker Memorial Prize – The Basker Prize is awarded for a significant contribution to excellence in research on gender and health by scholars from any discipline or nation, for a specific book, article, film or exceptional PhD thesis produced within the preceding three years.

  • Deadline: July 1
  • Awarded Every Year

The New Millennium Book Award, first given in 2006, recognizes an author whose work is judged to be the most significant and potentially influential contribution to medical anthropology in recent years. Books of exceptional courage and potential impact beyond the field are given special consideration. Solo-authored (or coauthored) books published or copyrighted in the past 3 years are eligible.

  • Deadline: July 1
  • Awarded in odd numbered years

The SMA Dissertation Award is given to the author of a dissertation that is judged to be a significant and potentially influential contribution to medical anthropology. Dissertations are judged on the basis of: (1) scope and excellence of scholarship, including ethnographic research; (2) originality of subject matter; (3) effectiveness and persuasiveness of arguments; and (4) writing quality. Dissertation research of exceptional courage and difficulty is given special consideration.

  • Deadline: July 1
  • Awarded in odd numbered years

The Charles Hughes Graduate Student Paper Prize is given for the best paper in medical anthropology written by a graduate student, and the WHR Rivers Undergraduate Student Paper Prize is awarded for the best paper written by an undergraduate student.

  • Deadline for each: July 1
  • Hughes awarded in even numbered years
  • Rivers awarded in odd numbered years

The Steven Polgar Professional Paper Prize is awarded to a medical anthropologist for the best paper published in the SMA’s journal Medical Anthropology Quarterly (MAQ) during the most recent complete volume year, and carries a $250 cash award. No nominations are needed, as articles published in MAQ by eligible recipients are automatically considered.

  • Awarded every year

AAA Conference Student Travel Awards

The AAA Conference Student Travel Award is given to five graduate students and one undergraduate every year.

The SMA offers conference travel support to five SMA graduate students, who have had abstracts accepted to the annual meeting of the AAA. Eligibility is restricted to student members of the SMA, who are presenting papers or posters at the AAA meeting.

The SMA also offers conference travel support to one undergraduate student.  Eligibility is not restricted to SMA members and there is no conference presentation requirement. This award is designed for students who are facing personal or institutional challenges to funding travel to conferences.

  • Deadline: September 24
  • Awarded every year

View the most recent winners of SMA awards.

 

Other medical anthropology awards

Other open competitions

 

Resources

Award Chairs please download the Award Reporting Forms here.

  1. SMA_W9_Form
  2. SMA Award Form – V2
  3. SMA Award Form – V2