2022 Margaret Clark Award for Student Papers

AAGE is pleased to announce its annual call for outstanding graduate and undergraduate student papers to compete for the 2022 Margaret Clark Award. This award supports the continued pursuit of work following the example of M. Margaret Clark, a pioneer in the multidisciplinary study of socio-cultural gerontology and medical anthropology, and a scholar committed to mentoring younger colleagues. Since 1993, this award has sought to recognize and uplift the contributions of the next generation of scholars whose work expands and deepens our understanding of aging from an anthropological perspective and underlines the critical importance of this field for the broader anthropological and gerontological community.


Contributions are invited from students of all disciplines and methods. Non-members and members are invited to apply.  We welcome submissions that are research, analytic, or literary in nature, and academic, applied or practice oriented. Graduate and undergraduate status is determined by enrollment status during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Essays will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality and timeliness of topic.
  • Effective use of theory and evidence.
  • Significance to anthropological studies of aging.
  • Clear and effective writing and organization.

Published or accepted manuscripts are ineligible for this competition.  Limit one entry per student.

Submission of Manuscripts

Submissions must include the following as a single MS Word document:

  1. Title page with the following information
    • Undergraduate or graduate status during 2021-2022 academic year
    • Name, mailing address and institutional affiliation and email address (and future contact information if a change is anticipated).
    • Brief (150-200 words) abstract
    • Word Count (no more than 9,000 words)
  2. Manuscript should be no more than 9,000 words (including all materials, notes, and bibliography), written in English, double-spaced with references in any standard bibliographic format (e.g. American Anthropologist, American Psychological Association).


Materials must be submitted by AUGUST 15, 2022. Only complete submissions will be considered. Submissions and related questions should be sent to both award chairs via email with “Margaret Clark Award” in the subject line. Contact: Jason Danely jdanely@brookes.ac.uk and Cati Coe caticoe@cunet.carleton.ca.

Winning papers will receive $300.00, and the jurors may select papers for Honorable Mention with a free AAGE year membership. Winning papers will be given the right of first refusal by Anthropology & Aging and acknowledged at the AAGE annual business meeting in November. Abstracts of the winning manuscripts will also be published on the AAGE website.

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