The American Association of Physical Anthropologists recognizes that the professional development of talented scientists in the early stages of their careers is critical to the continued health and vitality of the discipline. To that end, the AAPA offers Professional Development Grants annually to qualified recipients, each in the amount of $5,000.
Eligibility: Applicants must have completed the PhD or equivalent terminal degree in biological anthropology or an allied discipline. Applicants must be conducting applied or academic research that is within the disciplinary boundaries of biological anthropology. Applicants must be junior faculty members (such as postdoctoral scholars, lecturers, or Assistant Professors) and must be non-tenured at the time of application and award. Individuals in non-traditional positions equivalent to these junior faculty positions are also encouraged to apply. Membership in the AAPA is NOT a requirement. An applicant may receive only one Professional Development Grant during their career.
The program is primarily directed toward the career development of individuals who have not yet been successful with major awards (e.g., NSF, NIH) to fund their research. Explicitly, this is not a program for filling in funds that were cut from, or are needed for an already funded project. That being said, if an applicant was previously funded by NSF, NIH, or another major funding organization, they are not necessarily disqualified from applying. If an applicant is currently funded by a major organization and fulfills all of our other requirements, they may still apply if their application involves the development of a novel idea for which funds are needed to collect pilot data or perform another activity to get the new research started. For applications of comparable quality, priority will be given to the applicant who has not yet received major funding. If in doubt about the appropriateness of your proposal for an AAPA Professional Development Grant, email Dr. Joan Richtsmeier ([email protected]). The program is directed toward the career progress of individuals, therefore co-authored/multi-authored applications will not be considered. Completed applications must be received on or before January 15, 2017. Incomplete/late applications cannot be considered.
Application Procedure: Applicants are required to submit a research proposal, curriculum vitae, a letter explaining how this research will promote their careers, and a letter from a colleague (e.g., former supervisor) who can evaluate both the significance of the research and its impact on the applicant’s career. Approvals to conduct the research (e.g., field permits, IRB approvals, TACOS) are not required at the time of submission but should be in progress. Applicants will have until the end of the calendar year in which the award was given to secure necessary approvals. Funds will not be released until approvals are in place.
A complete application includes: 1) Project Cover Sheet (signature required); 2) Cover Letter from the applicant explaining the importance of the proposed project for their professional career (500 word maximum); 3) Project Description which presents the nature of the project, the methods to be employed, and the scientific importance of the proposed research, including the connection of the research to the larger goals of the discipline. This description (not to exceed 1500 words) should be written so that it can be evaluated by any professional biological anthropologist. A bibliography must be included and will not count toward the 1500 word limit. Illustrations and tables may be submitted but are not to exceed three pages of material (in addition to the project description and bibliography) and should include explanatory captions; 4) Budget (1 page max), which itemizes costs, briefly justifies the use of AAPA funds for these expenditures with reference to the proposed project, lists other grants submitted or received for this project, and explains any overlap in funding and the relationship of the AAPA grant to other funding (e.g., can the project stand alone with only AAPA funding?). The AAPA Professional Development Program does not allow overhead funds; 5) Curriculum Vitae for the applicant, which must include a history of successful funding (including dates) and a list of grants currently under review. If the applicant has not yet received any funding, the CV should still contain a section entitled “External funding” or “Grants and fellowships” with no entries under “funded awards” as well as a list of those “currently under review”; and 6) Letter of support from a colleague (or supervisor) who can evaluate both the scientific merit of the project and its impact on the applicant’s career. Parts 1-5 should be submitted as a SINGLE pdf document to: Dr. Joan Richtsmeier [email protected]. Item 6 should be emailed directly to Dr. Richtsmeier by January 15, 2017.
Applications must be received by January 15, 2017. Incomplete/late applications cannot be considered.
If electronic submission is impossible, applications should be mailed to: Dr. Joan Richtsmeier, Department of Anthropology, Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802. FAXES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE. Applications must be received by January 15, 2017. Incomplete/late applications cannot be considered.
Evaluation and Decisions: Grant applications will be reviewed and ranked by a committee of AAPA members chaired by Dr. Richtsmeier. Decisions will be confirmed by the AAPA Executive Committee. Recipients will be announced in early Spring of 2017 and grantees will be recognized at the AAPA Business Meeting. Decisions of the Award Committee in any year are final and not subject to appeal or reassessment.
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