There is no easy end to fieldwork. It can be tempting to stay on and collect data indefinitely, convinced that you just need 'a little more.' You keep hoping to stumble on that eureka moment that will make it all clear. But that's not what fieldwork is about. Having just come back from the field, here are three tips to help you finish up on time and feeling good.Read More
Fieldwork is such an important - and mysterious - rite of passage in Anthropology. When you're writing grant proposals, crafting your methods section, it can be hard to imagine what you'll actually be doing in the field. And when you get funding and begin making preparations to leave, it can be hard to anticipate what you'll feel like when you get there. Because I've been busy doing fieldwork these past several months, I thought I'd help demystify the experience a bit by sharing what a day in the life looks like for me.Read More
"Anthropology is not a social science tout court, but something else. What that something else is has been notoriously difficult to name, precisely because it involves less a subject matter ... than a sensibility." - Liisa Malkki, Improvising Theory
In this post, I take inspiration from the book Improvising Theory to articulate three aspects of ethnographic practice that often go unnamed in anthropology. I also follow up with the book's authors, Allaine Cerwoncka and Liisa Malkki, to share their thoughts on doing ethnography today.Read More
The deadline for the Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant is coming up on November 1st, with next round applications due May 1st. What follows is the template I used to write my own successful proposal.Read More
The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) is one of the most prestigious - and generous - sources of funding available for graduate students. Providing more than $130,000 over three years, this fellowship is well worth the time it takes to craft its five page application. In this post, I offer 8 tips for writing a winning NSF GRFP proposal.Read More
Feel like you're staring into an abyss preparing for your qualifying exams?
Paralyzed by the task of writing a literature review?
Frustrated by your students' refusal to read?
In this post, I take inspiration from Pierre Bayard's How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read to offer three thoughts on reading, writing, and teaching scholarly literature.Read More
The deadline for the NSF Cultural Anthropology Program Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (NSF CA-DDRIG) is coming up on August 17th.* This post offers 10 tips for finishing up and submitting a successful proposal.
Because the NSF is among the more involved and challenging dissertation research grants, this post assumes that you’ve got a working draft. While I wouldn’t discourage you from starting now, know that the NSF is longer and more complex than other proposals. In future posts, I’ll explore how to write a successful grant proposal from scratch, using the Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant as a model.
Welcome to the inaugural post of How To Anthropology! This blog is intended as a space to discuss the logistics of doing work as a cultural anthropologist. I’m a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, currently doing fieldwork for my dissertation in Delhi, India.
In this first series of posts, I'll explore how to write successful grant proposals, focusing specifically on the NSF DDRIG, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, and the Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, which are all grants that have funded my own studies and research. Later, I plan to discuss tips and tricks for fieldwork methods, getting published, teaching, writing, and more. If you've got comments, questions, or ideas for future posts, please leave a comment below or drop me an email.
So, let’s talk about the NSF DDRIG. Here are 10 tips for finishing up and submitting a successful proposal to get your dissertation fieldwork funded...Read More