Concha Delgado Gaitan Early Career Presidential Fellowship



The Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE), a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), is pleased to announce the eighth 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 (8) fellowships will be awarded for the 2017-2018 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 Meetings in November 2017.
  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 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.
  4. An expectation that the Fellow will contribute to CAE activities and initiatives in the future.

ELIGIBILITY: The fellowship is open to junior scholars who will have completed their doctoral degrees by August 2017 but no earlier than 2014. 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 (1,000 words) that responds to the following prompt:

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 world of K-12 education policy and practice. In their work, Presidential Fellows should also work toward the advancement of CAE’s mission (  In this context, how do you see your scholarly and professional work contributing to this larger vision? 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?


  1. One letter of reference and the names/contact information of 2 additional referees.

SELECTION PROCEDUREApplications 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.


  • Applicants will be notified of their award status by mid-July.
  • Submit all application materials electronically to [email protected], CAE Past-president


Past Recipients 


Angela Booker
Ameena Gaffar-Kucher
Eric Johnson
Amanda Lashaw
Beth Leonard
Shabana Mir
Kysa Nygreen
Anne Ríos Rojas
Lauren Zentz


Aiden Downey
Huamei Han
Dina López
Brendan H. O’Connor
Larisa Warhol
Nga-Wing Angela Wong


Amy Brown
Juliette de Wolfe
Reva Jaffe-Walter
Ariana Mangual Figueroa
Silvia Nogueron-Liu
Dolma Roder


Toni Cela Hamm
Chatwara Suwannamai Duran
Tomoko Tokunaga
Joseph Valente
Alex Posecznick
Shirin Vossoughi
Wai-Chi Chee


Michelle Bellino
Usree Bhattacharya
Christina Convertino
Danny Martinez
Susan Woolley


Ursula Aldan, University of San Francisco
Dottie Bossman, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Patricia Lopez, San Jose State University
Matha Sanchez, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Mark Robinson, Loyola University, Chicago

Helen Aydarova
Sally Bonet
Teresa Lloro-Bidart
Allison Mattheis
Sarah Newcomer
Timothy San Pedro
Kimi Wilson