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Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work


Harriet and Martin Ottenheimer Central States Anthropological Society Award

The recipient(s) of this award will be a student(s) properly enrolled as a K-State student and major in anthropology who has submitted an abstract for their research and been notified that this/her paper has been accepted for presentation at the annual Central States Anthropological Society (CSAS) conference.  Applicants are expected to present at the annual Central States conference and commonly our own Sapiens Symposium late in the spring semester.  Abstract are generally due early in the year and should be discussed with one of K-State's anthropology faculty before submitting (and presenting).  The award shall reimburse the selected student for up to $500 (or half  that amount, if the award goes to multiple students) in travel expenses to attend the annual CSAS conference and present his/her paper. This award is funded on behalf of active CSAS scholars who taught in K-State Anthropology for many years, linguistic anthropologist, Harriet Ottenheimer, and cultural anthropologist, Martin Ottenheimer. To apply, email the awards coordinator (Dr. Alfonso-Durruty, alfonsod@ksu.edu) after you've been accepted to present at CSAS (and no later than March 22nd, 2019). In your email, attach your abstract, and let them know you are officially applying for the CSAS award.


Ibn Battuta Award

The Ibn Battuta Award is given by the Anthropology Program at Kansas State University to the anthropology major who has submitted the best anthropological research paper to us for our consideration. The paper may be built from a paper submitted for a class in any year, but in that case, it should be further developed and more substantial than the earlier draft.  Winning papers are usually about 15 pages long (up to about 30 pages), and very thoroughly researched.  The award consists of a cash prize and book describing the adventures and discoveries of Ibn Battuta, a 14th century Muslim traveler, as well as recognition of quality research and writing. The awardee will be recognized at the annual departmental awards ceremony in April. The paper can deal with any anthropological topic. Coauthored papers are not allowed. We may award two prizes, if submissions and funds allow. Please click on the hyperlink above for more specific instructions about applying for the award (by March 22nd, at 5pm,  2019. Submit your paper to alfonsod@ksu.edu).


Martin Ottenheimer Adventurous Anthropology Award

This award grants funding to anthropology majors to support summer training, travel, or research. Funds may be used for a summer workshop, field school, language institute, or another travel or research experience that would enhance one's trajectory in the field of anthropology. (Equipment expenses related to these endeavors will be considered as well). Applicants must submit a 500-1,000 word essay describing your plan, its goals relative to your anthropological training or career, and how the funds will be used.  The application must also include a detailed budget up to $1000 and your CV.  These must be submitted to the K-State Anthropology Awards coordinator, Dr. Alfonso-Durruty, alfonsod@ksu.edu no later than March 22nd, 5pm, 2019. 


Prins-McBride Travel Award

Students who would like to produce ethnographic videos and provide teaching assistance for the summer term of ANTH 200 Online will be awarded up to $5,000 to travel anywhere in the world.  The award is to support students as they explore the world and has been established in honor of Dr. Harald Prins and Bunny McBride. April 1, 2019 is the deadline for the Prins-McBride this year. Please go to http://anth101.com/scholarships/ for more details about how to apply.


Other KSU Anthropology Awards

Several sub-field specific awards are granted to high achieving students by the faculty (no application necessary). 



National and International Awards

Our students have had great success receiving major national and international awards and scholarships.  Visit with your adviser if you are interested in pursuing any of these prestigious awards to support your future research and scholarship.


Fellowships for U.S. graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad for one academic year.

LeRoy Prine 2016
Amanda Stueve 2010
Lucas Bessire 2001
Lisa Mertz 1993
Carol Leonard 1970
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Fellows receive three years of support with a $30,000 annual stipend plus a $10,500 cost-of-education allowance, a $1,000 one time international travel allowance and access to the TeraGrid supercomputer.

Laura Bathurst 1997
Michael Wesch 1998
Amber Campbell 2005

Other Anthropology Award Winners
IDEAS Scholar (American Association Physical Anthropology) Tuesday Frasier2016
Marshall ScholarshipJordan Thomas2016
McNair ScholarTuesday Frasier2015-2016
Rotary Ambassadorial ScholarshipRyan Klataske2007
Jacob K. Javits FellowshipMichael Wesch1998
MellonLaura Bathurst1997
Phi Kappa PhiJohn Hawks1994
RhodesRoger D. Sorrell1974