Nancy “Penny” Schwartz Undergraduate Student Essay Award

About this Award: 

The Association for Africanist Anthropology (AfAA) sponsors the annual Nancy “Penny” Schwartz Undergraduate Paper Award. The prize is awarded to the best undergraduate paper in Africanist anthropology. 





Number of Awards Available: 




June 30, annually


Region of Study: 

Not specified


Level of Study: 



Eligibility : 

• Candidates must not have completed their undergraduate studies at the time of nomination. 

• Candidates for the Undergraduate Paper Award do not need to be members of the AfAA


Essay Required?: 



Essay Details: 

• The prize is awarded to the best undergraduate paper in Africanist anthropology

• Originality of scholarship, creativity of insight, and quality of writing.

• A well-argued and innovative perspective on a current issue of concern to Africanist and African diaspora scholarship or to the issues facing Africa more generally.

• Clear potential for supporting future research at the graduate level or beyond.

• Special consideration will be given to undergraduates planning to pursue a career in anthropology or in service and education on the African continent.

• Original research involving primary materials or fieldwork is useful, but not essential for consideration.


Application Instructions: 

• Submissions should be sent to J.R. Osborn:

• Submissions should include a letter of nomination by an academic mentor and a copy of the student paper.


Contact email: 

J.R. Osborn:


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