Michael M. Cernea Travel Award for Involuntary Resettlement

The Michael Cernea Resettlement Fund will provide a travel award ($500) for a student with an interest in issues associated with displacement/resettlement to attend the annual meeting of the SfAA. The purpose of the Award is to attract young students/scholars to an approach to resettlement which brings the displaced population into the planning and
management of the displacement programs. While more complex and nuanced, this approach reflects a better understanding of the important factors resulting from displacement/resettlement. 



One award of $500 will be available to students who meet the eligibility qualifications. 


  • Individuals must have been enrolled as students during some part of the current year
  • Submitted a paper abstract which has been accepted for the annual meeting program. Students who are presenting a poster are not eligible.

The Involuntary Resettlement Award winner will receive a scholarship of $500 toward their travel expenses to attend the SfAA annual meeting.



Applicants must submit a one page statement on the global implications of wide-spread displacement and involuntary resettlement which has resulted from economic development. The hazards of such displacement are well know and have a profound impact on developed countries as well as indigenous populations. 

Online Application

The deadline for submission is December 20. The results of the competition will be announced in January. Awardees are required to provide SfAA with a bio, picture, and travel receipts to receive payment.