Student Paper Prize

The Society for the Anthropology of Religion (SAR) holds an annual graduate student paper prize competition, which is aimed towards encouraging emerging scholars to write compelling ethnographies on religion. This prize is intended to foster theoretically significant, ethnographically rich work by students at an early stage of their career.

The prize includes a cash award of $250 for the winning paper, which might be recommended for publication in Religion and Society. There will also be a $100 cash award for the runner up. New starting in 2018, SAR will be launching a mentorship program that will pair select graduate student finalists with faculty mentors. Finalists will have an opportunity to meet with their mentor at the AAA meetings to gain valuable feedback on revising their papers for publication.

At the time of submission, authors must be graduate students in anthropology or a related field in a university anywhere in the world and must be a member of SAR. Submissions must be previously unpublished, original and polished work written in English. They should be no more than 30 double-spaced pages, including abstract, bibliography, and notes, and in 12-point font. There is a limit of one submission per person.

Click here for the 2020 student prize competition announcement

Click here for more on the 2018 student prize meeting