The Wenner-Gren Foundation: Individual Research Grants foranthropological projects

Angela Jancius acjancius at
Wed Oct 13 12:31:14 EDT 2004

The Wenner-Gren Foundation pursues its two major goals-advancing basic
research in anthropology and building an international community of
anthropologists-through several funding programs. 

Follow the links on the left for more information about programs and
application guidelines. 

Individual Research Grants 

Description: Grants for amounts up to $25,000 are available for basic
research in all branches of anthropology. Grants are made to seed
innovative approaches and ideas, to cover specific expenses or phases of a project, 
and/or to encourage aid from other funding agencies. The foundation
particularly invites projects employing comparative perspectives or
integrating two or more subfields of anthropology. A small number of
awards is available for projects designed to develop resources for
anthropological research and scholarly exchange. 

The foundation, under its Individual Research Grants Program, offers: 

Dissertation Fieldwork Grants
Post-Ph.D. Grants
Richard Carley Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships. 

Budgetary Guidelines: Grants cover research expenses directly related
and essential to the project (i.e., travel, living expenses during
fieldwork, equipment, supplies, research assistance, and other relevant
expenditures). Aid is not provided for salary and/or fringe benefits of applicant,
tuition, non-project personnel, travel to meetings, institutional overhead, or
institutional support. Low priority is given to dissertation writeup or
other support for writing (except under the Hunt Fellowship),
publication assistance, and film- or video-making (unless inherent to the research
project). Expenses incurred prior to the effective date of an award will
not be covered; budgets should reflect foundation deadlines. 

Application information: A formal application must be submitted. Those
interested in receiving an application can contact the foundation to
have the appropriate forms mailed to them, or (if they know their
eligibility) individuals can download the forms directly from this website. Please
note that our application forms have been revised; forms dated prior to year
2000 cannot be accepted. 

Deadlines: There are two deadlines each year, May 1st and November 1st.
For applications submitted by the May 1st deadline, funding will be
available the following January 1st. Under the November 1st deadline, funding will
be available the following July 1st. Applicants should meet the most
appropriate deadline for their research plans. Decisions for each
application cycle will be announced six to eight monthes after the
deadline date. Only one application may be submitted during any twelve-month

Dissertation Fieldwork Grants are awarded to individuals to aid doctoral 
dissertation or thesis research. Applicants must be enrolled for a
doctoral degree. Application must be made jointly with a thesis advisor or other
scholar who will undertake responsibility for supervising the project.
Awards are contigent upon the applicant's successful completion of all
requirements for the degree other than the dissertation/thesis.
Applications may be submitted before such requirements have been met; however, should
an award be approved, the foundation will at that time request evidence of
that the applicant is "all-but-dissertation/ advanced-to-candidacy".
Qualified students of all nationalities are eligible. 

Post-Ph.D. Grants are awarded to individual scholars holding the
doctorate or equivalent qualification in anthropology or a related discipline.
Qualified scholars are eligible without regard to nationality or
institutional affiliation. Application for Post-Ph.D. Grants may be made
by the scholar either as an individual or on behalf of an organization.
Ph.D. candidates seeking postdoctoral support should file a Dissertation
Fieldwork Grant application and indicate that support is being requested for
postdoctoral research; if an award is approved it will be made after the 
Ph.D. is in hand. 

A limited number of Richard Carley Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships,
nonrenewable awards with a maximum of $40,000, is available to scholars
within ten years of receipt of the Ph.D., to aid the writeup of research 
results for publication. Qualified scholars are eligible without regard
to nationality or institutional affiliation. Applicants must hold the Ph.D.
at the time of application.

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