The Bea Medicine Award

The Society for Applied Anthropology honors the memory of Dr. Beatrice Medicine with an annual student travel scholarship. The scholarship provides financial support for two students (graduate or undergraduate) to attend the annual meeting of the Society. Up to four awards ($500 each) will be made to attend the Annual Meeting of the SfAA.

The scholarship celebrates the life and legacy of Beatrice Medicine, an internationally prominent anthropologist who passed away in December 2005. Dr. Medicine was a descendant on both sides of her family from the Lakota, and an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. This heritage found reflection in her life’s work -- an impressive record of teaching, research, and service, which focused on understanding and tolerance within the broader human condition and particularly toward Native peoples. Notable among this body of work were two recent volumes, Learning to be an Anthropologist and Remaining Native (University of Illinois Press, 2001) and Drinking and Sobriety Among the Lakota Sioux (AltaMira Press, 2006).


Prospective student applicants should provide the following information and materials:

  • Name, Address, Telephone, E-mail
  • Current College Where Enrolled
  • Major Field of Study
  • Native Tribe/Community Affiliation
  • Recent College Transcript
  • Career Goal Statement

Career Goal Statement

Dr. Medicine's professional life was devoted to teaching and research, and with a particular commitment to expanding the understanding of Native people. As you prepare the statement on your career goals, you may wish to consider some of the following questions.

  • What would I like to do in the future and how will this benefit other people?
  • How have my career plans evolved over time and what has influenced this evolution?
  • Are there particular ways that I think the social sciences can lead to a better understanding of the human condition?
  • How would my attendance at the SfAA Annual Meeting help to further my career interests?

Online Application



The deadline for receipt of applications is December 20. Awardees are required to provide SfAA with a bio, picture, and travel receipts to receive payment.


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