New Graduate Student Travel Award to AAA meetings for research on the Anthropology of Aging and the Life course

The Aging and the Life Course Interest Group of the American Anthropological Association invites applications for the first annual Christine Fry Graduate Student Travel Award. The awardee will receive $500 to be applied toward travel to the 2023 AAA/CASCA meetings in Toronto, and will be honored at the Interest Group business meeting during the conference.

This award is named for Christine Fry, an anthropologist who was a true pioneer in developing the modern focus in the anthropology of age. Her early research stemmed from ethnographic study while living in a retirement community and then investigating the cognitive organization of the life-course in the United States. Dr. Fry is perhaps best known for co-directing Project A.G.E. (Age, Generation, and Experience), a long-term cross-cultural research endeavor to examine the meaning of age and how different communities shape the experience of late life.

The purpose of this award is to support a new generation of scholars working on aging, retirement, and the life course. The award will go to a graduate student who is presenting innovative and generative research directly related to these topics at the AAA/CASCA meeting. Students whose universities do not provide travel funding are particularly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send a copy of your AAA paper abstract and a brief statement (300 words or less) about your research interests and experiences to Jay Sokolovsky ( and Claudia Huang ( by September 15th, 2023. Applications will be reviewed by a committee from the executive board of the Interest Group, and the awardee will be notified in advance of the conference.

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