Anthropology Section Announces Diversity & Inclusion Travel Award

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Sources: Sean D. Tallman, PhD, and Cate E. Bird, PhD, Anthropology Section Diversity & Inclusion Committee Co-Chairs

Increasing and sustaining diversity and inclusion are important goals for the Anthropology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). The Anthropology Section’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee recognizes that the engagement of scholars with varied backgrounds, experiences, and abilities strengthens the entire field. As a way of increasing the recruitment and retention of scholars who are traditionally underrepresented in the forensic sciences, the D&I Committee is pleased to announce the D&I Travel Award.

The D&I Travel Award will provide $1,000 in funding for one student member from a traditionally underrepresented group in the Anthropology Section to attend the annual meeting of the AAFS. The award is overseen by the D&I Committee and is intended to enhance education, professionalism, and inclusion of Anthropology students.

At the time of application, individuals must be Student Members of the Anthropology Section of the AAFS, currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program and focused on the study of forensic anthropology, biological anthropology, human skeletal biology, forensic archaeology, human rights, or allied fields. Additionally, applicants must be a member of a historically underrepresented group in forensic and biological anthropology, including (but not limited to) those of African, Latinx, Asian, Native American, Native Alaskan, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander ancestry; LGBTQ+ individuals; persons with mental and/or physical disabilities; and first-generation college students, particularly from underserved backgrounds. As this award is intended for travel to the AAFS conference, preference may be given to applicants with academic foci that are relevant to forensics.

In a personal statement (maximum two pages, single spaced, 12-point font), explain how you became interested in forensic anthropology (or related sub-discipline), your own experience with diversity and inclusion, and how you think this award will enhance your educational and/or professional goals. Briefly explain how you or your research addresses and/or broadens diversity and inclusion in biological and forensic anthropology. A current CV should accompany the personal statement. Please submit application documents in PDF form to the D&I Committee Co-Chairs, Cate Bird ( and Sean Tallman (

Due Date
Personal statements and CVs should be received no later than 5:00 pm (EST) on October 18, 2019.

Announcement of Award
Following review of application materials by the D&I Committee, the awardee will be notified in November 2019 and announced at the AAFS Anthropology Section Business Meeting in February 2020.