2019 Vera R. Campbell Foundation SAR Advanced Seminar

Deadline: April 30, 2019.

Under a program supported by the Vera R. Campbell Foundation, SAR invites proposals for an Advanced Seminar that focuses on the circumstances of women in the developing world and offers paths to concrete, practical strategies for improving their health, prosperity, and general well-being.

The Women and Development Seminar will consist of 10 scholars — including one or two who serve as chair/s — who meet at SAR’s Santa Fe campus for five days of intense discussion. Participants appraise ongoing research, assess recent innovations in theory and methods, and share data relevant to broad anthropological problems.

Seminar papers are circulated among participants at least one month prior to the seminar and are discussed during the sessions. These discussions are followed by a consideration of crosscutting issues and a synthesis of ideas. Following the seminar, the chair is required to submit a 1,500-word summary for use on the School’s web site and in the annual report. Work that results from the seminar may be considered for submission to SAR Press for publication in its Advanced Seminar Series.


1. Several of the seminar participants must be women scholars or scholars/practitioners from the developing world since one of the goals of the seminar is to foster professional linkages and the sharing of relevant experiences.

2. Proposals may address global problems or focus on specific regional questions.

3. Above all, the participants should be committed to producing practical improvements in the lives of women and workable proposals likely to achieve that end.

4. Seminars focused on broad policy issues will be judged according to whether practical implementation measures are included in the discussion.



Seminars are awarded competitively based on evaluations by a specially convened panel of reviewers who represent a broad spectrum of intellectual expertise.

Applications are evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Proposal Presentation: Proposals should explain the research topic, key questions to be addressed, and methodologies in a clear and organized manner. Competitive proposals are jargon free.
  • Significance of Seminar: Proposals should make a strong case for the intellectual significance of the seminar. How is the research exciting, innovative, and important in a broad anthropological and humanistic perspective?
  • Appropriateness for SAR: The proposed seminar should clearly align with SAR’s Mission.
  • Quality of Research: Research questions and goals should clearly align with the project’s methodologies and stated outcomes. Expected results should be realistic and achievable and the project should be professionally responsible.
  • Timeliness of Seminar: The proposal should make a strong case for why a seminar is necessary to address the topic and why the seminar is needed now.
  • Ability of Organizer(s): The CVs of the organizer(s) should demonstrate proven experience in organizing academic events (e.g., chairing conference panel sessions, co-editing book volumes or special journal issues). Their publication records should be strong relative to their discipline and career stage.
  • Appropriateness of Participant List: The participants’ research expertise and professional experience should clearly align with the seminar’s research topic and key questions to be addressed. Each participant’s anticipated contribution to the seminar should be stated.



All application materials must be submitted by email to spray@sarsf.org. Only fully completed applications that adhere to SAR’s guidelines and deadlines will be considered. The completed application must be submitted by April 30, 2019.

The proposal should explain:

  • The topic of the seminar and key questions to be addressed
  • How the topic is of broad importance to anthropology and/or disciplines outside of anthropology
  • Why a seminar is necessary in order to address the topic
  • Why a seminar is needed now
  • Who the participants in the seminar might be, what each would contribute, and the likelihood that each would participate
  • The expected results of the seminar

The application must include:

  • Applicant(s) Information Form (Download PDF here)
  • Abstract, of no more than 150 words
  • Proposal, not to exceed six double-spaced pages, addressing the criteria listed above
  • Short bibliography, not to exceed one single-spaced page, of references cited in the proposal
  • Curriculum vitae, not to exceed four single-spaced pages, for the seminar chair(s) only




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