Fellowship opportunity: Nuclear issues in Japan

A U.S. DOE/NNSA fellowship opportunity has opened up for a U.S.-citizen PhD student (ABD preferred) interested in studying nonproliferation and nuclear waste issues in Japan.

The fellow would work with Allison Macfarlane, the former chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The project would be to assist in research on solutions to the problem of nuclear waste disposal in Japan, and the associated proliferation risks posed by Japan’s reprocessing-only strategy. He or she would share the CISTP office suite (a few blocks from the White House) with space policy luminaries like Scott Pace and John Logsdon. Also, Ambassador Holgate, an Obama appointee who just returned from her post at the IAEA, is a visiting scholar there. The fellow would share an office room with Vincent Ialenti (a Cornell PhD student who did ethnography among Finland’s nuclear waste experts) and Lindsay Krall (a geochemist postdoc who worked on Sweden’s nuclear waste program). 

Here’s more info about the fellowship at GWU’s Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, DC: https://www2.gwu.edu/~fellows/fellowships/applications/NNSAGRA.pdf

Congressional research grants

DEADLINE: All proposals must be received no later than April 1, 2016.The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress.  The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen, is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization devoted to the study of Congress.  Since 1978, the Congressional Research Grants program has invested more than $998,026 to support over 451 projects. Applications are accepted at any time, but the deadline is April 1 for the annual selections, which are announced in May.

The Center has allocated up to $50,000 in 2016 for grants with individual awards capped at $3,500.

The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress.  Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible.  The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside in the United States.

The grants program does not fund undergraduate or pre-Ph.D. study.  Organizations are not eligible.  Research teams of two or more individuals are eligible.  No institutional overhead or indirect costs may be claimed against a Congressional Research Grant.

Download the Word document — Congressional Research Grant Application — and complete the required entries. You may send the application as a Word or pdf attachment to an e-mail directed to Frank Mackaman at [email protected]. Please insert the following in the Subject Line:  “CRG Application [insert your surname].” Thank you.

The Congressional Research Grant Application contains the following elements: Applicant Information, Congressional Research Grant Project Description, Budget, Curriculum Vita, Reference Letter (for graduate students only—length  not to exceed one page—additional pages will not be forwarded to the judges), and Overhead Waiver Letter.

The entire application when printed must NOT exceed ten pages. Applications may be single-spaced. Please use fonts no smaller than 10-point. This total does NOT include the reference letter (one additional page) or the Overhead Waiver Letter (one additional page).

All application materials must be received on or before April 1 of the current year. Grants will be announced in May.

Complete information about what kinds of research projects are eligible for consideration, what could a Congressional Research Grant pay for, application procedures, and how recipients are selected may be found at The Center’s Website: http://www.dirksencenter.org/print_grants_CRGs.htm. PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY. Frank Mackaman is the program officer – [email protected].

Cindy Koeppel
The Dirksen Congressional Center
2815 Broadway Rd.
Pekin, IL 61554
P: 309.347.7113
E: [email protected]

AAA in Minneapolis: Community engagement grants and section waivers


Please keep in mind the possibility of Community Engagement Grants and Section Waivers in organizing your panels for this fall’s annual meeting in Minneapolis. Instructions are in the following two files:

Community engagement grants:

Request waiver:

Best regards,

Janine Wedel
President, ASAP


CWA support for international participants at AAA meeting

Dear Colleagues,

CWA (Council for World Anthropologies) is able to offer modest support for (some) travel expenses for international participants at the annual AAA meetings — so that panels can “internationalize” sessions by including participants from outside the United States.  Please keep this opportunities in mind in planning sessions!

The details are below.

All best,

Janine R. Wedel
University Professor, George Mason University
President, Association for the Anthropology of Policy

Forwarded message from CWA

Greetings.  We’re writing to you from our positions as Co-Chairs of the Committee on World Anthropologies (CWA).  We want to ask if you would please forward this message to all Section heads as the CWA is once again able to offer modest support for (some) travel expenses for international participants at the annual AAA meetings.  We would like word to get out now so that panel organizers are encouraged to consider “internationalizing” sessions by including participants from outside the United States.  Our deadline for submission of requests is April 1, 2016.  Section heads or panel organizers should submit the following to Alexandre Duchene ([email protected]), cc-ing Florence Babb ([email protected]), and Carla Fernandez ([email protected]):

Request for CWA travel support for international participants at 2016 AAA

1. Name and contact information of person submitting request:
2. Date of submission of request to CWA:
3. Title, abstract, and participants in your proposed AAA session:
4. Name, paper title, and abstract for international participant’s presentation on AAA panel:
5. Short bio for international participant, showing what s/he will add to the session:
6. Short description of how the session relates to the mission of CWA:
7. Itemized budget for proposed international participant’s travel (giving departure city, airline, and current airfare to Minneapolis, MN), and indication of need (how much of the travel expense will be covered by the participant’s home institution?):
8. What AAA Section is the likely sponsor of this session, and do you wish to have CWA consider co-sponsorship?  (We have a very limited number of co-sponsorships.)

Thanks very much.  We welcome early requests, queries, and other communications!

All best wishes,
Florence Babb and Alexandre Duchene
CWA Co-Chairs

Anthropology in Action: Small grant event support

Anthropology in Action has a small sum of money saved which we would like to use to support events and activities relevant to our aims. If you are interested in organizing a relevant event or seminar, please contact us with an outline proposal. We encourage you to think creatively about what ‘anthropology in action’ means and the sorts of participants that could be involved – for example, events could be mixed media and include participants who engage with anthropology but are not necessarily anthropologists.

Proposals will be considered by the editorial board of Anthropology in Action and the ASA Apply network convenors on the following basis:

  • The event is relevant to our aims and remit, with a focus on ‘engaged’ anthropology
  • The organisers will submit an event report to the journal for the issue following the event, in a format agreed with the editorial board.
  • The geographical location is open
  • The upper limit of funds to be applied for will be £300. A budget should be submitted to show how the money applied for will be spent.

The proposal must explain how the event will generate an article or special issue for the journal.

Proposals should be sent to me by the 30th of April 2014 to [email protected]