The Social Science Research Council hosts a twenty-year program of biannual grants from the Mark Family Fund for the Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology.
The prize recognizes students in the social sciences who incorporate visual analysis in their work. It is named for Rachel Dorothy Tanur (1958–2002), an urban planner and lawyer who cared deeply about people and their lives and was an acute observer of living conditions and human relationships.
The purpose of the Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology is to encourage students to incorporate visual analysis in their study and understanding of social phenomena. The contest is open worldwide to undergraduate and graduate students (majoring in any social science). Students must be currently enrolled or have received their degrees no earlier than the end of the term finishing just before the meeting of the International Sociological Association (ISA) at which the prize is to be awarded.
Entries for the 2018 competition must be received by January 24, 2018. Winners will be notified by April 2, 2018. Up to three cash prizes will be awarded at the XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities, to be held in Toronto, Canada on July 15-21, 2018. Attendance at the forum is not a requirement but is encouraged. Tanur Prize applicants who are also interested in presenting a paper at the forum should submit an abstract by September 30, 2017 to the ISA. Prizes will be awarded by the Research Committee on Visual Sociology of the ISA. The first prize will be $2,500 USD, the second $1,500, and the third $500. The prize is awarded biennially.
The 2018 Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize is now open for applications.