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International Travel Award for SfAA Meetings Is In The Works!

Over the years there have been many requests from members to pay for travel to our annual meetings for our international partners and colleagues.  Unfortunately there has been no source of funding for this purpose, but a new initiative is underway.  Pertti “Bert” Pelto’s lifelong interest in developing and nurturing scholarly networks on a cross-national basis will be recognized by the establishment of the Pelto International Travel Award.  

The Pelto International Travel Award will provide travel expenses, meeting registration, and hotel costs for a mid-career applied social scientist who is a citizen or permanent resident of a low or middle income country.  The criteria for selecting an awardee include:

  • Has a masters degree or higher in a social science field of study
  • Is in or affiliated with an educational institution, governmental agency, or community based organization in the home country
  • Demonstrates innovative application of social science theory and methods to address social problems
  • Works with grassroots programs, organizations, or other entities that address social inequities, to build community capacity to understand and address these issues.
  • Demonstrates involvement in capacity building for applied social science in their country.

Before the award can be given, an endowment of $25000 must be raised.  Based on early donations and a commitment from the Board to provide $5000, we are about half way there.   Donations of any size are welcomed.  At the suggestion of the late Tony Paredes, who was a long time friend and colleague of Bert’s, those who give $500 or more are recognized as members of the “Reindeer Herder Society”  and receive a specially created lapel pin based on a design by Dunja Pelto, Bert’s daughter. 

So if you have ever wished for a mechanism to fund travel to our meetings for your international colleagues, here is your opportunity to make it so!  Checks made out to the Society for Applied Anthropology can be sent to the office (Society for Applied Anthropology, PO Box 2436, Oklahoma City, OK 73101) or you can call the office (405-843-5113) and provide a credit card number. 

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