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2021 Call for AMHIG Graduate Student Paper Award

The Anthropology and Mental Health Interest Group announces its second annual graduate student paper award. We invite submissions for the best graduate student paper in the anthropology of mental health and wellbeing. The awardee will receive $500 and a certificate presented at the AMHIG business meeting during Fall 2021 and will also be honored at the SMA Business Meeting. In addition to the cash prize, the awardee will receive one-on-one coaching for journal submission and advising on an appropriate journal, writing a cover letter to journal editors, etc. 

Papers must have been written in the last 12 months, have the submitter as a first or primary author, and must be based on original fieldwork. This paper may not be under consideration for publication in any venue. 

To qualify, applicants must be:

  • Enrolled as a graduate student during the Fall 2021 semester;
  • A member of the Society for Medical Anthropology, at the time of the award (November 2021)

Judging Criteria

  • Strong grounding in ethnography 
  • Demonstrates command of literature and theory
  • Clear and well-articulated methods
  • Clearly articulated connection to the Anthropology of Mental Health
  • Organization and quality of writing

Additional criteria

  • Please do not send theses or dissertation chapters that have not yet been edited for publication as a standalone article. 

To apply, please submit a cover letter with a draft of a complete manuscript to Beatriz Reyes-Foster at and The submission deadline is September 30, 2021. Manuscripts should be submitted as .docx files and blinded, with no identifying features of the author listed in the document.  

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