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.

Click here for the 2021 student prize competition announcement

Recent Student Paper Prize Winners

  • 2020. ‘“Finding Vessels for Our Lights”: Buddhist-Derived Meditation as an Ethical Means for Jewish Encounters with the Divine’ by Ori Mautner (University of Cambridge).
  • 2019. ‘Divine Monarchy, Spirited Sovereignties, and the Timely Malagasy MSM Medium-Activist Subject’ by Seth Palmer (University of Toronto).
  • 2018. Jane Saffitz (University of California, Davis).

Recent Student Paper Prize Honorable Mentions

  • 2020. ‘Toward a Non-person-centered Anthropology of Hope: Incense Seeing and Nonhuman Agency in North China’ by Ray Qu (University of Virginia).
  • 2019. ‘The Aesthetics of Piety: Affect and/in Prayers among Indonesian Transgender Sex Workers’ by Bahram Naderil (Northwestern University).
  • 2018. ‘U T’aan Nukuch Máak (Advice of the Elders): An Entrance into Maya Women’s Symbolic World’ by Crystal Sheedy (SUNY Albany).

Click here for more on the 2018 student prize meeting