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The MAE-MAT ECR Paper Prize 2022/2023 cycle is now open for submissions! (DEADLINE EXTENDED)


The Editorial Collective at Medicine Anthropology Theory (MAT) and the Board of Medical Anthropology Europe (MAE) are excited to announce the second cycle of our MAE-MAT Early Career Researcher Paper Prize.

Through this award, we aim to recognise and promote the outstanding work of junior scholars in the field of medical anthropology. The winning paper will be published in MAT. The winner will be expected to serve on the jury for awarding the next cycle of the prize. We welcome submissions from early career scholars from all parts of the world. Co-authored papers are acceptable, but all authors must meet the eligibility criteria below.

The deadline for submission is 1 November 2022 (extended to 30 November 2022, 17 h. GMT). No submissions submitted after this time will be considered. We expect to announce the winning paper in early 2023.

Papers should be submitted through the MAT submission system
( Please select the ‘MAE-MAT Early Career Paper’ category when submitting your paper.

Submitted papers should be accompanied by a short cover letter (less than one page) stating that all authors meet the eligibility criteria. Authors ought to attach their cover letters as additional files when submitting their manuscripts through the link above.

Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria

  • Papers should be written in clear language, have a concise conceptual argument, involve primary research, engage core debates and themes in medical anthropology, and make an innovative contribution to the field.
  • Authors should be current PhD students or be within 2 years of having obtained their PhD, with exceptions for parental leave and other caring responsibilities. Authors ought to address exceptional timelines in their cover letters.
  • Papers should be ethnographic in focus and draw primarily on MA, MSc, or PhD research.
  • All papers that involve human subjects research will be asked to affirm that the research underwent an ethics review process in advance of the research being undertaken. If a submission does not have prior ethics approval, the author should discuss why ethics approvals were not needed in their cover letter.
  • Papers should be no longer than 10,000 words including references.
  • Papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • Please see MAT’s submission pages ( for more information about how to prepare your manuscript for anonymous review.
  • While MAT is an English-language journal, we warmly encourage authors using English as a second language to apply for the MAE-MAT Early Career Research Prize. The winning manuscript will be selected on the basis of the quality of the ideas, evidence and argument, in addition to its fit with the MAT journal scope and aims ( Grammatical, spelling, and other common language errors will not be considered part of the selection criteria. Should the winning paper benefit from additional English language support, MAT and MAE will provide this service prior to publication to support authors working with English as a second language. Authors who expect that their manuscripts may benefit from enhanced English language editing ought to indicate that this is the case in their cover letters. Requests for this additional support will have no impact on the review process. We are grateful to the support of the Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology (EdCMA) at the University of Edinburgh for funding this initiative.

Jury panelists include Dr Jessica Cooper (University of Edinburgh), Dr Kaveri Qureshi (University of Edinburgh), Prof Ian Harper (University of Edinburgh), Dr Laura Ann Meek (University of Hong Kong), Dr Natashe Lemos Dekker (Leiden University), Prof Dr Hansjörg Dilger (Freie Universität Berlin), and Prof Rikke Sand Andersen (Aarhus University).

Online Q&A session

MAT editors will host a virtual Q&A session about the MAE-MAT Prize and publication more generally at MAT during the Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology Global Mental Health Conference ( The session will take place on 10 June 2022, from 9.00 AM to 10.00 AM (BST).

Please bring any questions you might have about the prize to the session. Please note that you do not need to attend or register for the conference in order to participate in this panel.  

A recording of the session is now available on this link.