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

Sharon Stephens Prize

The Sharon Stephens Prize is awarded biennially 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.

The June 1st 2021 deadline has now passed. Decisions have now been announced.

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Senior Book Prize

The Senior Book Prize is awarded biennially 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.

Next deadline in 2022. Details TBA

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Elsie Clews Parsons Prize



The Elsie Clews Parsons Prize is awarded yearly for the best graduate-student paper that engages with AES's core commitments to combining innovative fieldwork with rich theoretical critique.

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 Parsons Prize. Submission portal: https://forms.gle/sysveFSUbEt49VxX8

Monday, October 18, 2021

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