Concha Delgado Gaitan Early Career Presidential Fellowship

Call for Applications

Concha Delgado Gaitán CAE Presidential Fellows Program


The Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE), a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), is pleased to announce the ninth year of the CAE Presidential Fellows Program.  These fellowships are intended to support professional development and mentoring in the field of educational anthropology for scholars early in their academic careers. The program now proudly bears the name of educational anthropologist Concha Delgado Gaitán, and CAE has set up an endowment fund for this program.

Up to eight fellowships will be awarded for the 2018-2019 academic year. Each fellowship includes:

  1.  The establishment of mentoring relationships with senior scholars in the field of educational anthropology, including face-to-face meetings at the Annual AAA Meeting in November 2018.
  2. Participation in a professional learning community with the new cohort and previous presidential fellows and mentors.
  3. A $300 travel grant to be used to attend the November 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.
  4. An intention that the Fellows will contribute to CAE activities and initiatives in the future.


Eligibility: Educational anthropologists who have completed their doctoral degrees by August 2018 and no earlier than 2015. International scholars are welcomed. Scholars from underrepresented groups and institutions are especially encouraged to apply.


Application Procedure:  Applicants should submit the following materials:

  1.  Updated curriculum vita.
  2.  A statement of no more than 2 single-spaced pages, specifying scholarly and professional accomplishments, goals within the field of anthropology and education, previous involvement with CAE or AAA (if any), and areas in which mentoring will be beneficial to the applicant.
  3.  One letter of reference and the names of 2 additional referees.

The Concha Delgado Gaitán CAE Presidential Fellowship is aimed at supporting junior scholars as they navigate their early careers as post-Ph.D. educational anthropologists, in ways that contribute to their success within the academy or the broader communities of education policy and practice.  In your statement describe: What are the central concerns and questions you address in your work? How does your scholarly and professional work contribute to CAE’s mission? What would you contribute to the cohort of Fellows, if you are selected, and to the larger CAE community? Think about your contributions in terms of the things you know and care about, and how you would bring those perspectives to the work. What mentoring supports do you think might help you in order to make such contributions?


Selection procedure:  Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee of established CAE scholars, chaired by the past-president of CAE. The review process takes into account the quality of the application, the fit between CAE’s mission and the applicant’s work, and the need for mentoring.  Within each cohort, the reviewers try to ensure a broad range of interests.


Application Deadline: July 15, 2018

Applicants notified by:  August 15, 2018

Submit applications electronically to:

Thea Renda Abu El-Haj, Past President of CAE:  [email protected]