Call for Proposals: SAR Campbell Advanced Seminar 2019 (Fully-funded)

Call for Proposals: SAR Campbell Advanced Seminar 2019 (Fully-funded)

Deadline: April 30, 2019

Under a program supported by the Vera R. Campbell Foundation, the School for Advanced Research (SAR) invites proposals for an Advanced Seminar that focuses on the circumstances of women in the developing world and offers paths to concrete, practical strategies for improving their health, prosperity, and general well-being.

Several of the seminar participants must be women scholars or scholars/practitioners from the developing world since one of the goals of the seminar is to foster professional linkages and the sharing of relevant experiences. Proposals may address global problems or focus on specific regional questions. Above all, the participants should be committed to producing practical improvements in the lives of women and workable proposals likely to achieve that end. Seminars focused on broad policy issues will be judged according to whether practical implementation measures are included in the discussion.


  • Seminars are held in the School’s comfortable and fully staffed seminar house, which has a meeting room, dining room, kitchen, private bedrooms for participants, and a pleasant courtyard. Every effort is made to create an atmosphere in which participants can meet without interruption or distraction.
  • The School provides round-trip coach airfare, lodging, visa expenses, and all meals for up to ten participants. Travel costs are reimbursed at a rate of $500 per participant for domestic travel. SAR will reimburse travel costs for five international participants at a rate of $1,700 each.


  • Open to women scholars or scholars/practitioners from the developing world.

Proposal Requirements

The proposal should explain:

  • The topic of the seminar and key questions to be addressed
  • How the topic is of broad importance to anthropology and/or disciplines outside of anthropology
  • Why a seminar is necessary in order to address the topic
  • Why a seminar is needed now
  • Who the participants in the seminar might be, what each would contribute, and the likelihood that each would participate
  • The expected results of the seminar

Selection Criteria

Seminars are awarded competitively based on evaluations by a specially convened panel of reviewers who represent a broad spectrum of intellectual expertise.

Applications are evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Proposal Presentation: Proposals should explain the research topic, key questions to be addressed, and methodologies in a clear and organized manner. Competitive proposals are jargon free.
  • Significance of Seminar: Proposals should make a strong case for the intellectual significance of the seminar. How is the research exciting, innovative, and important in a broad anthropological and humanistic perspective?
  • Appropriateness for SAR: The proposed seminar should clearly align with SAR’s Mission.
  • Quality of Research: Research questions and goals should clearly align with the project’s methodologies and stated outcomes. Expected results should be realistic and achievable and the project should be professionally responsible.
  • Timeliness of Seminar: The proposal should make a strong case for why a seminar is necessary to address the topic and why the seminar is needed now.
  • Ability of Organizer(s): The CVs of the organizer(s) should demonstrate proven experience in organizing academic events (e.g., chairing conference panel sessions, co-editing book volumes or special journal issues). Their publication records should be strong relative to their discipline and career stage.
  • Appropriateness of Participant List: The participants’ research expertise and professional experience should clearly align with the seminar’s research topic and key questions to be addressed. Each participant’s anticipated contribution to the seminar should be stated.


The application must include:

  • Applicant(s) Information Form
  • Abstract, of no more than 150 words
  • Proposal, not to exceed six double-spaced pages, addressing the criteria listed above
  • Short bibliography, not to exceed one single-spaced page, of references cited in the proposal
  • Curriculum vitae, not to exceed four single-spaced pages, for the seminar chair(s) only

All application materials must be submitted by email to [email protected] Only fully completed applications that adhere to SAR’s guidelines and deadlines will be considered.

For more information, visit SAR Campbell Advanced Seminar.