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 $7,500.
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. Gregg Gunnell (email@example.com). 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, 2018. 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:
Applications must be received by January 15, 2018. Incomplete/late applications cannot be considered.
If electronic submission is impossible, applications should be mailed to: Dr. Gregg Gunnell, Division of Fossil Primates, Duke University Lemur Center, 1013 Broad Street, Durham, North Carolina 27705, USA. FAXES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE. Applications must be received by January 15, 2018. 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. Gunnell. Decisions will be confirmed by the AAPA Executive Committee. Recipients will be announced in early Spring of 2018 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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