The Council on Anthropology and Education has established several award programs to honor contributions to the field. Some awards are by nomination and others are by application. Learn more about the deadlines and requirements by clicking on the links below.

George and Louise Spindler Award

This annual award was established to recognize the significant and ongoing contributions made by George and Louise Spindler to the field of educational anthropology. The purpose of this award is to honor scholars/practitioners whose achievements in educational anthropology as researchers or as practitioners have been distinguished, exemplary, and inspirational.

Concha Delgado Gaitán CAE Presidential Fellows Award

Concha Delgado Gaitan has been an influential mentor for many educational anthropologists. The award provides one year of mentoring to promising new scholars of educational anthropology (within 3 years after receiving the doctorate) by senior or experienced CAE scholars. Each presidential fellow is matched with a mentor for the year, beginning at the annual meeting and following through during the year. 

Douglas Foley Early Career Award

Established to honor an individual in the early stages of his or her career in educational anthropology, this award is named in honor of Douglas Foley, whose critical-ethnographic scholarship on US culture, race, and inequality in schools advanced the field of educational anthropology and helped move it in the direction of social and racial justice.

CAE Outstanding Book Award

The CAE Outstanding Book Award recognizes new, critical, and cutting-edge books that make a significant contribution to the anthropology of education. Books that have been published within the past two years will be considered by a four-member selection committee. Awardees are recognized at the annual AAA meetings.

Frederick Erickson Outstanding Dissertation Award

This annual award was established to recognize the author of an outstanding dissertation recently completed in the field of anthropology and education. It is named after esteemed educational anthropologist, Frederick Erickson, Professor Emeritus, UCLA GSEIS.

Shirley Brice Heath Travel Award

This stipend is named after our esteemed colleague Shirley Brice Heath. For many years, CAE has funded 5-7 new scholars to present at their first AAA/CAE meeting. The purpose of this endowment is to make it more financially feasible for students or other new scholars to experience the AAA/CAE meeting and broaden membership, visibility, and sustainability of CAE by including a new generation of anthropologists of education.

CAE/SEE Travel Award

The Council on Anthropology and Education is pleased to offer the annual CAE/SEE travel award in partnership with the book series, Studies in Educational Ethnography (published by Emerald Publishing).  As part of the American Anthropological Association conference, scholars can apply for the award once their paper has been accepted to the conference, and the selected recipient will be provided with a $300 stipend to support that selected author’s travel to the conference.  The selected recipient will also receive a complimentary copy of a book of their choice from the Studies in Educational Ethnography series.