Native American Student Award

      Each year, the Plains Anthropological Society seeks to award one or more grants of up to $1000 to outstanding Native Americans students of anthropology.

      Previous Awardees

      For additional information, contact:

      Jay Sturdevant
      Plains Anthropological Society
      901 S. 34th Street
      Lincoln, NE, 68510


      2018 Native American Student Award Nomination
      The Native American Student Award Committee of the Plains Anthropological Society announces its intent to award one or more grants of up to $1000 each to qualifying Native American student(s). The Committee may evaluate and award separate grants to undergraduate and graduate students in Anthropology. Grant funds are intended to help defray the costs of tuition, books, room and board for the student(s). Funds will be administered by the winning student’s academic department. The successful recipient will also receive a one year membership in the Plains Anthropological Society that includes receiving the peer-reviewed journal Plains Anthropologist.

      Nominees should meet the following criteria:

      • Nominees must be Native American (includes Metis).
      • Nominees must be either graduate or undergraduate students in anthropology or archaeology.
      • Undergraduate nominees may attend any four-year college or university in either the United States or Canada that provides specific coursework or research covering Great Plains anthropology. In your letter of interest or application, please include a description of appropriate coursework or research that you have undertaken.
        Graduate nominees must be engaged in research that relates to some aspect of the Great Plains, but do not need to be attending a university located on the Great Plains.

      Nominees must submit the necessary documentation to the Committee on or before October 5, 2018.

      To apply, submit the following documents to the Native American Student Award Committee Chair:

      • A completed nomination form (available below; must include a letter of interest as listed on the form)
      • Student’s resume
      • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member focusing on the student’s accomplishments or potential in the field of anthropology
      • Photocopy of the student’s tribal enrollment certificate or equivalent certification of tribal membership/enrollment or CDIB

      Jay Sturdevant
      Plains Anthropological Society
      901 S. 34th Street
      Lincoln, NE, 68510

      The Committee will select one or more recipients and announce its decision at the Annual Meeting of the Plains Anthropological Society. The Committee will notify the recipient(s) and his or her department following the Annual Meeting.

      Previous Awardees

      Nomination forms are:

      1. Published annually in the Plains Anthropologist.
      2. Available below as Word document or Adobe Acrobat document
        Nomination Form (Word document)     Nomination Form (PDF)

      How is the grant administered?

      The grant is intended to defray costs of the student's tuition, books, room, or board. 
      The funds are administered by the winning student's department.

      When is the grant awarded?

      Recipient(s) are selected from among the nominees by a committee comprised of members of the Plains Anthropological Society.

      Recipient(s) are announced at the business meeting and banquet of the Plains Conference. An announcement is also published in the Plains Anthropologist.

      Nominees are encouraged to attend the conference, but need not be present to receive the award. Recipient(s) and his/her departments will be notified of the award following the conference.