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AAPA Professional Development Grants

by Ed Hagen last modified Oct 15, 2013 04:36 PM
The American Association of Physical Anthropologists recognizes that the professional development of young, 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 up to eight Professional Development Grants annually to qualified recipients, each in the amount of $5,000.

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 who can evaluate both the significance of the research and its impact on the applicant’s career.



  • Applicants must have completed the Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in physical anthropology or an allied discipline. The degree date must be no more than six years prior to the time of application.

  • Applicants must be conducting research that is within the disciplinary boundaries of physical anthropology.

  • Applicants must be non-tenured but employed in a full-time capacity involving the applied or academic use of physical anthropology, in either a postdoctoral, instructor, lecturer, or assistant faculty position.

  • Applicants must have been in their current position no more than six years at time of application.

  • Membership in the AAPA is NOT a requirement.

  • Only one grant within a five year period may be awarded to the same individual.

  • The program is directed toward the career progress of individuals, therefore multiple applicant projects will not be considered.

Application Procedure

Completed applications should be sent electronically to:

Andrea B. Taylor, PhD - <>

If electronic submission is not possible, applications should be mailed to:

Dr. Andrea B. Taylor
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Duke University Medical Center, Box 104002
Durham, NC  27708


  • Faxes are NOT acceptable.

  • Completed applications must be received on or before January 15, 2014.

  • Incomplete or late applications cannot be considered.


A complete application consists of a:

  1. project cover sheet (can be unsigned), which is available here.

  2. letter from the applicant explaining the importance of the proposed project for the applicant’s professional career (500 word maximum).

  3. project description which presents the nature of the project, the methodology 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 any professional physical anthropologist can evaluate it. Bibliography, illustrations and tables may be submitted but are not to exceed five pages of material (in addition to the project description).

  4. budget (one page maximum), which explains generally how the AAPA funds will be used, other grants the applicant is applying for or has received for this project, and how the AAPA grant relates to other funding. For example, can the project stand alone with only AAPA funding?

  5. full curriculum vitae for the applicant.

  6. letter from a colleague who can evaluate both the scientific merit of the project and its impact on the applicant’s career. (The letter may be from the applicant’s Ph.D. supervisor, post-doctoral supervisor, current institutional colleague, or any other colleague). This letter should be sent by the colleague directly to Dr. Taylor as an email attachment.


Parts 1-5 should be submitted as a single pdf document.

Please Note.

  • A signed copy of the grant proposal cover sheet must be mailed to  Dr. Taylor at the indicated address.

  • The AAPA Professional Development Program does not include overhead funds. The AAPA professional development award may be used to cover direct costs associated with the project, including, but not limited to, travel, subsistence, equipment, and supplies. The award may not be used to cover salary or indirect costs.

  • Grant recipients will be announced in late spring of 2014.

  • Decisions of the Award Committee in any year are final and not subject to appeal or reassessment.

  • Unsuccessful applications can be resubmitted in subsequent years as long as the applicant still meets the requirements outlined above.

  • The attached application form must accompany any proposal submission.

  • The application requirements and procedures detailed in the program description must be met and followed.

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