Council on Anthropology and Reproduction Grad Student Paper Competition

CAR logoThe Council on Anthropology and Reproduction (CAR), an interest group of the Society for Medical Anthropology, is pleased to announce its 13th annual award competition for the best graduate student paper on anthropology and reproduction. Submissions from all anthropological subdisciplines are encouraged (deadline: September 1, 2013).

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
  • Originality/Creativity
  • Organization, quality of writing, and coherence of argument

Please remove identifying information on the paper itself. Provide a separate cover page that includes your name, mailing address, email address and school affiliation. 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.

The papers will be read by a committee of CAR members. The author of the winning paper will receive a cash award of approximately $250. The winner will be announced in both the CAR Newsletter and Anthropology News, and an abstract will be published in the CAR Newsletter.

Submissions must be emailed or postmarked by September 1, 2013, 11:59pm. Students are encouraged to submit papers at any time before the deadline. Please send electronic copies (and any questions) to the chair of the CAR Graduate Student Paper Competition Committee, Jill Fleuriet, at


  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 in August and still submit in September? Yes, if the paper is submitted prior to graduation.
  3. Can the author be an undergraduate? No. The author must be a graduate student in anthropology.
  4. Can the author be a graduate student in another discipline, e.g., medicine? No. The author must be a graduate student in anthropology.
  5. Can the paper be under review but not accepted? Yes.
  6. Can the submission be emailed? Email is preferred, but print copies are allowed.
  7. 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.