The Rachel Tanur Prize for Visual Sociology

Now Accepting Applications

The 2020 Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize is now open for applications.


Deadline: January 22, 2020.

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2018 Competition Winners

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 2020 Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize is now open for applications. Entries for the 2020 competition must be received by January 22, 2020.

Winners will be notified by March 30, 2020. Up to three cash prizes will be awarded at the IV ISA Forum of Sociology, Challenges of the 21st Century: Democracy, Environment, Inequalities, Intersectionality, to be held in Porto Alegre, Brazil on July 14-18, 2020. 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, 2019 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 Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology is offered through a generous gift from the Mark Family Fund.