2017 Call for Award Nominations

Each year at is Annual Conference, the Association for Asian American Studies and the AURA-AAAS Endowment Fund recognize scholars and community activists for their achievements in the following categories:

  • AAAS Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination
    • Honors an individual who has made an outstanding and lifelong contribution to the advancement of the field of Asian and Pacific Islander American Studies.
  • AAAS Engaged Scholar Award Nomination
    • This award recognizes scholars who have applied their scholarship for the “public good” by addressing inequalities in our society and improving the AAPI community. This award will recognize scholars for their body of work and contributions, not individual projects, collaborations, or publications.Examples of potential nominees include an individual, group, or organization with a record of publications (i.e. books, journal articles, policy reports, websites), sustained civic engagement projects, collaboration with community-based organizations, engagement of students in community-based projects or research, or applied research shaping public policies or benefitting the community. These projects may educate the broader community and engage AAPI communities through, for example, public art; historical preservation; or public health, educational, or urban planning policies. Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated for their record of engaged scholarship.The awardee will receive $300 from the AURA-AAAS Endowment Fund. This gift honors the legacy of the Asians United to Raise Awareness (AURA) Fund and its founding mission: striving for positive social change by funding and developing programs that raise political and cultural awareness about and among the Asian American community.
  • AAAS Excellence in Mentorship Award Nomination
    • Given to an AAAS member who has demonstrated outstanding mentorship of undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and/or colleagues.The awardee will receive $300 from the AURA-AAAS Endowment Fund. This gift honors the legacy of the Asians United to Raise Awareness (AURA) Fund and its founding mission: striving for positive social change by funding and developing programs that raise political and cultural awareness about and among the AAPI community.
  • AAAS Early Career Achievement Award Nomination
    • The Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) Early Career Achievement Award recognizes a junior scholar who has made valuable contributions to the field in the early stage of their career (no more than seven years from the date the PhD was awarded). Nominees should show outstanding and innovative research in Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies. Preference will be given to those who also exemplify excellence in teaching and demonstrate a commitment to campus, community, and/or professional service. Selection for this award is based on those who are most likely to become academic leaders in the future.The awardee will receive $300 from the AURA-AAAS Endowment Fund. This gift honors the legacy of the Asians United to Raise Awareness (AURA) Fund and its founding mission: striving for positive social change by funding and developing programs that raise political and cultural awareness about and among the Asian American community.
  • AAAS Best Graduate Student Paper Nomination
    • The Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) will award a prize to the best graduate student paper accepted for presentation at the 2017 AAAS conference, addressing any topic in Asian American or Pacific Islander American studies.The awardee will receive $300 from the AURA-AAAS Endowment Fund. This gift honors the legacy of the Asians United to Raise Awareness (AURA) Fund and its founding mission: striving for positive social change by funding and developing programs that raise political and cultural awareness about and among the Asian American community. Awardee must attend and present the selected paper at the 2017 AAAS conference to receive this prize.Entries may be submitted by students (self-nominated submissions are encouraged) or by professors on behalf of their students.  To submit an entry, please complete this form and provide a copy of the paper (or presentation) in the form it will be given at the conference.  Papers must be conference length: no longer than 10 pages, double-spaced, with one inch margins in twelve-point Times font.  Essays that exceed the designated length will not be considered.
  • AAAS Graduate Student Travel Grant Application
    • The Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) will award a travel grant to a maximum of two graduate students to attend the 2017 AAAS Conference (April 13-15, Portland).Decisions regarding the award will be determined by a subcommittee of the AAAS Board with approval by the full AAAS Board.  Recipient(s) win the cost of the room at the actual hotel site from Wednesday-Sunday, and a reimbursement of his/her paid registration, with the total cost not exceeding $850.  The subcommittee will determine on a yearly basis whether to allocate 2 awards at $425 each or one award at $850.To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must:
      • be a member in good standing of the Association and have an accepted paper for presentation at the conference
      • submit a formal letter of application, which includes name, institutional affiliation, year in program, and whether or not the student has defended his/her dissertation proposal
      • include an abstract of the accepted paper of no more than 300 words
      • arrange for a letter of support from the student’s dissertation advisor
  • AURA-AAAS Endowment Fund Registration Award Application
    • The AURA AAAS Conference Registration Award will fund a maximum of 20 individuals’ registration fees to support attendance at the 2017 AAAS conference.Awardees’ registration fees will be reimbursed from the AURA-AAAS Endowment Fund. This gift honors the legacy of the Asians United to Raise Awareness (AURA) Fund and its founding mission: striving for positive social change by funding and developing programs that raise political and cultural awareness about and among the Asian American community.To be considered, applicants must meet the following requirements:
      • Be a paid staff member of a NGO or community organization; an artist, writer, journalist, or filmmaker not employed in a full-time capacity by an educational institution; contingent/adjunct faculty; unemployed; or an undergraduate student
      • Have been accepted by conference organizers as a presenter or a participant in another official capacity at a 2017 AAAS conference event

2017 Nomination Process:
Please submit your award application via our Members Only website HERE. All applications must be uploaded as ONE PDF document.

Applications for the AURA-AAAS Fund may be submitted via the hyperlink above.

DEADLINE FOR ALL AWARDS: JANUARY 17, 2017. Honoree will be notified by February 15, 2017. Awards will be presented at the AAAS Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, April 15, 2017.