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 Sol Tax was an anthropologist who provided distinguished and innovative service to applied anthropology and to anthropological societies. The Sol Tax Distinguished Service Award is to be presented annually to a member of SfAA, in recognition of long-term and truly distinguished service to the Society. The Sol Tax Award Committee encourages members of the SfAA to nominate individuals who are deserving of this award. Nominees should be those who have made long-term and exceptional contributions in one or more of the following areas: 1) leadership in organizational structure, activities and policy development; 2) central roles in communication with other disciplines or subdisciplines; 3) editing and publishing; 4) development of curricula in applied anthropology; 5) formulation of ethical standards of practice; and 6) other innovative activities which promote the goals of the Society and the field of applied anthropology, or to the public at large.


The Awardee will be invited to offer brief reflections at the Annual Meeting about his/her career in terms of distinguished service and applied anthropology. If it is impossible for the Awardee to be present due to illness, the option exists, though not required, for the recipient to send in his/her remarks.



Each nomination should include:


  • a detailed letter of nomination outlining the distinguished service accomplishments of the candidate
  • one additional letter of support
  • a curriculum vitae that includes specific details regarding the nominee’s service to the SfAA
  • Note:  copies of publications and additional letters are not needed


Nominations are valid for three years from the date of submission. The selection committee consists of five members appointed by the President and Executive Board of SfAA. Please email nominations and supporting material to:


Email: info@sfaa.net
Society for Applied Anthropology
Attn: Chair, Sol Tax Award



The deadline for receipt of all nomination materials is October 1. Supporting documents will not be returned unless specifically requested. The Award winner will be announced at the Annual Meeting of the SfAA. Awardees are required to provide SfAA with a bio, picture, and travel receipts to receive travel reimbursement.

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