Mintz Student Fellowship for Field Research, Summer 2017

We are very pleased to announce the second year of the Annual Mintz Student Fellowships for Field Research. Professor Mintz inaugurated the fund in the fall of 2015, by re-assigning funds from the Annual Mintz Lecture (which was endowed in his honor at his retirement, and ran for 21 years, until 2014). The fund supports two fellowships each year, at an amount of approximately $3,000 each, primarily for preliminary summer research or other exploratory phases of graduate projects. The fellows will be chosen from proposals submitted in February and judged by the end of spring break.


Professor Mintz’s request was that the fund should prioritize graduate student research that applies his own methods and expands research on themes whose study he has enriched across his entire career. Proposals should be for field research and archival studies on primary sources, with close attention to the language and terminologies used by the people, in order to encourage the linking of anthropological attention to culture with historical materialist scholarship. Proposals may include preliminary field and archival research to strengthen the design of quantitative as well as qualitative studies.

Fellowships encourage, but are not limited to, research on:

  • the engagement between anthropology and history,
  • the Caribbean and its diaspora, including in USA and locally, in Baltimore.
  • inequality and race
  • food and food history
  • the place of language in social and cultural understanding.

Since Professor Mintz worked on both large-scale historical dynamics (Sweetness and Power) and the local and personal experience of people (Worker in the Cane), the fund could support both macro-international and micro-local level research.


Priority is given to the field research disciplines, including Professor Mintz’s home department of Anthropology, and his field of endeavor in History. Also to graduate students from the other Humanities and Social Sciences within the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and in environmental sciences (DOGEE) in the Whiting School of Engineering, who plan to use field and archival methods in their research. Eligibility includes those training at both the doctoral and the master’s level. Preference is given to students at early stages of the preparation of their proposals for their master’s theses and doctoral projects. Applicants should prepare their proposals in discussion with their advisers.

The Timetable

This year, 2017. we expect the following:

  • March 9th: submission of applications to the panel of readers (Professors Jane Guyer (, Sara Berry ( and Erica Schoenberger (
    • Applications and questions can also be sent to the Administrator of the Department of Anthropology, Lexie Ebert (
  • Week of March 27th: announcement of results, and feedback from the committee.
  • From mid-May through the summer: field research.
  • Sept.(after Labor Day): Report due (format to be defined).

The Application

Includes the following, in one file, sent by e-mail, single-spaced.

  1. Abstract. One-paragraph giving:
    1. The phase of the applicant’s Ph.D. or Master’s career, the discipline, the topic, the faculty supervisor
    2. The location, the method, the dates and the total budget.
  2. Narrative on overall research plans. One page defining the place of the proposed research in the overall graduate training plan, a definition of the proposed project within that framework, and its place in relation to preparation already undertaken, of whatever kind.
  3. Outline of proposed project for Mintz Fellowship: one page on place, purposes and method.
  4. Budget and budget justification.
  5. c.v. for the applicant
  6. Letter from the applicant’s adviser.