AES regularly holds juried competitions for three awards, all of which recognize outstanding work in the field.

Sharon Stephens Prize

The 2017 competition is now closed. The winner will be announced in fall 2017.

The Sharon Stephens Prize is awarded bi-annually for a junior scholar’s first book. The prize goes to a work that speaks to contemporary social issues with relevance beyond the discipline and beyond the academy.

May 15, 2017. The Sharon Stephens Prize will be awarded at the AES business meeting at the 2017 AAA annual meeting in Washington D.C.

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Senior Book Prize

The Senior Book Prize is awarded bi-annually for a book by a senior scholar. The prize goes to a work that speaks to contemporary social issues with relevance beyond the discipline and beyond the academy.

The next competition is in 2018

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Elsie Clews Parsons Prize

The AES Board invites individuals who are students in a graduate degree-granting program (including M.A. and Ph.D.) to submit stand-alone papers demonstrating outstanding ethnography for consideration for the Elsie Clews Parsons Prize.

Next deadline in January 2018

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