Graduate Association for Food Studies Awards

2022 Call for Submissions

The Graduate Association for Food Studies (GAFS), the Student Caucus of the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), supports and celebrates graduate students of all fields who contribute to the academic study of food. We are proud to announce our first annual graduate student awards and invite all eligible graduate students or recent graduates to apply. The Awards Committee is dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion within our Society, and as part of this effort, we highly encourage submissions from individuals from historically underrepresented groups in academia, as well as nominations from individuals outside of the United States and Canada. 

GAFS is seeking nominations and applications for two 2022 awards: the Distinguished Food Studies Master’s Thesis and the Distinguished Food Studies Doctorate Dissertation. One winner and two runners up will be selected for each track. Winners will receive $500 and will be invited to present their work at a GAFS-hosted webinar in early 2023, and runners-up will receive $250. 

Applicants from any field, discipline, and country are invited to apply. Applicants must be current students working on their thesis/dissertation, or recent graduates from the past two years (no earlier than January 2020). We have the capacity to accept submissions in English, French, Spanish, and German. Graduate student judges will evaluate applications based on the work’s contribution to the field, the strength of the argument, the quality of the writing, and the creativity and innovation of the project. Non-standard or creative theses and dissertations are welcomed and encouraged.

To apply, please submit your application materials via email to

Include the following in 3 separate documents

  • A cover page. (Please do not include this information on the other two documents; these  should be submitted anonymously, ie. no author details)
  • An anonymous 500-1000 word summary of the thesis or dissertation
  • An anonymous excerpt of the thesis or dissertation: 20-25 pages for Master’s applicants, 35-75 pages for PhD applicants, or comparable portfolio excerpt for creative submissions

The deadline for submissions is Monday, September 12th, 2022. Winners will be announced in November 2022. Presentations via webinar will take place in early 2023.

Please direct any questions to Stephanie Borkowsky at