Below are lists of grant-making organizations providing funding and/or other services to support anthropological research and other academic activities. The Foundation can provide no advice on these programs and we advise you to consult the specific websites for updated information and details about each organization and its grant programs.
The Albright provides a multitude of fellowship opportunities in the hopes of developing scholarly knowledge of the culture of the Near East from prehistory to the early Islamic period. Fellowships are open to students and scholars in Near Eastern studies from prehistory through the early Islamic period, including the fields of archaeology, anthropology, art history, Bible, epigraphy, historical geography, history, language, literature, philology and religion and related disciplines. The research period should be continuous, without frequent trips outside Israel. Residence at the Albright in Jerusalem is required.
The American Association of University Women has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. One of the world's largest sources of funding for graduate women, the AAUW provides over 275 fellowships, grants, and special awards annually to outstanding women.
The ACLS is a leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. It hosts a number of domestic and international programs and competitions. One of the programs includes the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which provide year-long fellowships to support Ph.D. dissertation completion in humanistic disciplines.
American Councils for International Education is an international, nonprofit organization working to advance education, research, and mutual understanding across the United States, Canada, and the nations of Southeastern Europe, Eurasia, and South Asia. The organization designs, implements, and supports innovative programs in education, professional development, and scholarly research. Grants are provided for study and research in relevant countries as well as possibilities for language training.
The APS promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities. The society fosters research and discovery through the various grants and fellowships it offers. Its various funding programs include grants for fieldwork (the Lewis and Clark Fund), grants towards Native American Studies (the Phillips Fund), and grants for non-commercial research (the Franklin Research Grants).
The Curtiss T. Brennan & Mary G. Brennan Foundation provides funding for archaeological field research, emphasizing in particular those regions of the world in which early centers of complex culture or civilization originated. The Brennan Foundation views its grants as catalytic agents enabling especially significant archaeological projects to initiate or dramatically expand work and progress to the point where traditional sources of major funding may be approached. Applications must be made by the sponsoring institution through the principal investigator. Grants are not available for dissertation research.
The Bucerius ZEIT-Stiftung’s Ph.D. scholarship program ‘Settling into Motion’ addresses questions such as 1) How can migrants, their countries of origin as well as the receiving countries benefit from these movements? 2) What are the challenges? 3) Which structures and processes need to be established so that diversity can bring benefits? This international scholarship program is open to Ph.D. students in the social sciences. The topical focus varies from year to year.
The Chateaubriand Fellowship allows doctorate students enrolled in American universities and post-doctorates to conduct research in France for up to 10 months. It is a grant offered by the French Embassy in the United States.
Cosmos Scholars are awarded small grants to meet specific research needs not covered by other supporting funds. Examples of appropriate needs are small items of equipment (ordinarily expendable), special supplies, travel to research facilities, or to attend relevant meetings, etc. Amounts range from $500 to $3,000. There is no restriction as to academic field; however, it is required that the objective of the project be that of scholarly research. Applicants must be enrolled at the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.
CAORC is a federation of independent overseas research centers that promote advanced research, particularly in the humanities and social sciences, with focus on the conservation and recording of cultural heritage and the understanding and interpretation of modern societies. American overseas research centers promote international scholarly exchange, primarily through sponsorship of fellowship programs, foreign language study, and collaborative research projects. The members of CAORC have centers in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Iraq, Jordan, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, West Africa, and Yemen. They serve as a base for American scholars undertaking research in the host countries.Click here for a full list of member Centers. CAORC also administers several funding programs in collaboration with member centers and affiliated partners.Click here for a full list of administered programs.
CLIR forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. One of the several opportunities it offers is the Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources. This fellowship program is to help junior scholars in the humanities and related social-science fields gain skill and creativity in developing knowledge from original sources such as museums, archives, and libraries.
EHBEA administers an annual Student Research Grant competition to aid student members in funding research projects devoted to studies of the evolution of the human mind, behavior, and society. Two grants of up to 500 Euros are awarded each year. Eligible applicants are members of EHBEA who are pursuing doctoral degrees.
The goal of the Fulbright-Hays program is to deepen knowledge of areas of the world not generally included in US curricula. This fellowship funds individual doctoral students to conduct research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of 6 to 12 months. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents registered at a US university.
The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation places a priority on the study of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world and also encourages related research projects in neuroscience, genetics, animal behavior, the social sciences, history, criminology, and the humanities which illuminate modern human problems. The Foundation provides both research grants to established scholars and dissertation fellowships to graduate students to complete the writing of a dissertation within the award year.
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation offers fellowships for the development of mid-career scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts. Fellowships are open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
The Horowitz Foundation makes targeted grants for work in major areas of the social sciences, including anthropology, area studies, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, and urban studies, as well as newer areas such as evaluation research. Preference will be given to projects that deal with contemporary issues in the social sciences and issues of policy relevance. Approximately fifteen grants are approved each year for aspiring PhDs at the dissertation level.
The George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation was established to further the personal development of promising individuals at the crucial middle stages of their careers in the liberal and creative arts. A limited number of fellowships are awarded each year for independent projects to individuals who are early mid-career and who have achieved recognition for at least one major project. Academic fields are selected annually on a rotational basis. A main goal of Howard Fellowships is to provide time for scholars and artists to complete their work.
The Hard Tissue Research Program in Human Paleobiomics funds on a competitive basis the hard tissue dissertation research of doctoral candidates from any academic department and residing at any university in the world. Projects must emphasize a hard tissue biology approach in pursuit of knowledge and enhanced understanding of early human paleobiology and/or any element of the paleobiome in which early humans lived.
IIE manages undergraduate and graduate level scholarships at accredited academic institutions throughout the world. IIE implements many of the world’s most prestigious scholarship programs and manages global scholarships through a network of domestic and international offices. A wide variety of programs are sponsored by the IIE, ranging in numerous fields of study including the social sciences, science and technology, the arts, humanities, and education. In addition, a few examples of programs supported by the IIE include the David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, the Fulbright Scholar Program, and the GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program. Further requirements are specific to each particular program and can be found by visiting the link provided.
IREX works to bring about positive change around the globe. It has offices and representatives in over 125 cities of Europe and Eurasia and administers programs to advance education, support independent media, promote internet development, and build civil society throughout. Fellowships are available for pre-doctoral and postdoctoral research in various countries.
Through the Center for Global Partnership, the Japan Foundation promotes collaboration between Japan and the United States with the goal of fulfilling shared global responsibilities and contributing to improvements in the world's welfare. Programs held by the Japan Foundation fall under three major categories: Arts and Cultural Exchange, Japanese-Language Education Overseas, and Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange.
The Leakey Foundation exclusively funds research related specifically to human origins, including paleoanthropology, genetics, primate behavior, and studies of modern hunter-gatherer groups. It provides research grants to advanced doctoral students and established scientists. There are no citizenship restrictions. It also provides Franklin Mosher Baldwin Memorial Fellowships for scholars and students with citizenship in a developing country who wish to obtain an advanced degree from an institution outside the student’s home country.
The Lindbergh Foundation works to foster scientific and technological ingenuity as a means of addressing humanity’s environmental and productivity challenges. It provides grants for individuals whose initiative and work in a wide spectrum of disciplines further the Lindberghs' vision of a balance between the advance of technology and the preservation of the natural/human environment.
The Nacey Maggioncalda Foundation supports global research projects in the areas of primate evolution, ecology, physiology, and behavior. NMF also supports conservation efforts that establish a lasting, positive relationship between primates and their human neighbors, in order to improve the health and welfare of both. Nacey Grants and Fellowships are awarded to doctoral students working in areas of primate paleontology, evolution, ecology, behavior and/or conservation. Goldberg Grants are awarded to established scholars. Two are awarded annually, one for a research project and one for conservation work, and recipients must have a Ph.D.
The Anthony Marchionne Foundation supports research on issues of well-being and currently emphasizes aspects of life-singlehood and health, medicine, and behavior. The Foundation awards grants to organizations rather than individuals. Thus, the successful applicant must be affiliated with a research institute or four-year academic institution at which empirical research is supported. Applicants must also be affiliated with an American or Canadian organization, and must hold a Ph.D., though graduate students may be listed as co-PI.
The RSM Fellowships Program provides funding to help advance doctoral research work through a residency period of five to ten months at a host institution in a country other than the applicant's home country or country of residence. Fellows are expected to advance their research work mainly by using the facilities and resources provided by the host institution and by interacting with peers. Fellows must be a resident of a World Bank member country which is currently eligible to borrow.
The MMMF grant programs support the education of women from developing countries who are committed to improving the lives of women and children in their home countries. Grants are available to women from developing countries currently enrolled at United States or Canadian colleges/universities. The MMMF also sponsors grants for women from developing countries enrolled as students in South Africa (University of Pretoria or University of Cape Town) and newly-added locations in Latin America.
Mexico North exists to promote research, education, and outreach focused on a more profound understanding of Mexico and the United States through international exchange and collaboration among scholars, students, institutions, and communities.
The National Academies bring together four organizations: the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council. Among the many fellowships and grants administered through the National Academies are the Ford Foundation Fellowship program (pre- and postdoctoral) and the National Academies Research Associateship Programs for doctoral level engineers and scientists.
NEH is an independent, grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. It offers a variety of opportunities for grants and fellowships for individuals as well as organizations.
The National Geographic Society provides grants for scientific field research and exploration within a wide spectrum of topics (including all areas of anthropology) to both students and established scholars of all nationalities. All proposed projects must be of broad scientific interest and have both a geographical dimension and relevance to other scientific fields. Relevant grant programs include the Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE), the Expeditions Council (EC), the Global Exploration Fund – Northern Europe (GEF), and the Conservation Trust (CT). National Geographic Young Explorer Grants offer opportunities to individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related projects consistent with these grant programs.
The National Humanities Center offers residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities. Young scholars, as well as senior scholars, are encouraged to apply, but they must have a doctorate and a record of publication. The Center does not normally support the revision of a doctoral dissertation. The Center accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects.
The National Institutes of Health is the primary US federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. The NIH has several priority areas and focal points of interest spread out among different institutes. Pre-doctoral and postdoctoral grants are provided to support research in medical and behavioral research. Programs are available to support researchers both inside and outside the US.
The National Science Foundation is an independent US government agency responsible for promoting scientific progress in the United States. Research grants provide funding for doctoral students and senior scholars in cultural anthropology and biological anthropology, as well as archaeology and linguistics. There are also a number of multidisciplinary grants available.
The Reed Foundation sponsors the Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund for interdisciplinary research and publications on subjects that were of interest to Ruth Schlossberg Landes, Ph.D. during her professional and academic career. Grants are available to scholars and other professionally qualified individuals for work toward a doctoral dissertation, for postdoctoral work, or for independent scholarship. Research proposals must engage with any of these topics of interest which included, but were not limited to, aging, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, immigrant and minority populations, culture and education, language and identity, and religion. Eligibility is limited to United States citizens and permanent legal residents.
The Royal Anthropological Institute seeks to combine a distinguished tradition of scholarship with the active provision of services to contemporary anthropology and anthropologists. The RAI administers a number of fellowships at the postdoctoral level in partnership with host universities and limited financial support to doctoral students of anthropology. Some programs include the Emslie Horniman Anthropological Scholarship Fund, the Radcliffe-Brown and Firth Trust Funds for Social Anthropological Research, the Ruggles-Gates Fund for Biological Anthropology, and the Royal Anthropological Institute and Anthropologists’ Fund for Urgent Anthropological Research (AFUAR).
The School for Advanced Research supports advanced scholarship and creativity in the social sciences, the humanities, and Native American art. Its focus is primarily on senior academic scholars (Resident Scholar and Summer Scholar programs for writing in the social sciences, arts, and humanities), on Native American artists, and on its Seminar Program, which invites applications for a number of intensive seminars each year.
The SSRC is an international organization whose mission is to nurture new generations of social scientists, foster innovative research, and mobilize necessary knowledge on important public issues. It has over 30 fellowship and grant programs, many of interest to anthropologists. In particular, the International Dissertation Research Fellowship supports dissertation research conducted, in whole or in part, outside the United States, about non-US topics and is open to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences – regardless of citizenship – enrolled in Ph.D. programs in the United States.
The Spencer Foundation supports research that promises to yield new knowledge about education in the United States or abroad and how it can be improved. The Foundation's Research programs support work that shows promise of contributing new knowledge or understanding that may contribute to improvement of educational thought or practice. Spencer Fellowship programs support educational researchers at different stages of their professional careers, providing resources to both beginning and senior researchers to pursue concentrated intellectual activity.
The SRI Foundation is dedicated to cultural resource management (CRM). The Foundation has two $10,000 Dissertation Research Grants for advanced doctoral candidates in historic preservation. The Foundation also runs a summer institute for professional development in CRM.
The SRF is a joint fund of the Linnean Society and the Systematics Association which administers grants annually for small-scale research projects in the field of systematics and taxonomy. Contributions are typically made towards fieldwork expenditure, the purchase of scientific equipment or expertise, specimen preparation, and publication costs. Projects of a more general or educational nature will also be considered, provided that they include a strong systematics component.
The Toyota Foundation seeks to contribute to the development of better societies that will foster rich relationships among people and between people and nature. It provides a variety of funding opportunities, most significantly the International Grant Program, the Research Grant Program, and Grant Program for Community Activities in Japan.
The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan institution whose mission is to strengthen the nation's capacity to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict. The Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship program supports doctoral dissertations that explore the sources and nature of international conflict, and strategies to prevent conflict and/or sustain peace. The Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship program permits scholars to be in residence at the Institute in Washington D.C. for up to 10 months. The Institute offers other fellowship opportunities including the Trans-Atlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for Institutional Relations and Security (TAPIR).
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation prepares the nation’s best minds to meet its most important challenges, working through education. It administers fellowships for doctoral students and faculty members that are divided into specific program areas. In addition, the foundation provides dissertation grants for research dealing in ethics, religious questions, and women's issues.
WWF established the Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program to provide financial support to proven and potential conservation leaders in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to gain the needed knowledge and skills to address the conservation issues in their home countries. The program offers four initiatives as a means of raising awareness for worldwide conservation: Russell E. Train Fellowships, EFN Professional Development Grants, EFN Conservation Workshop Grants, and EFN Alumni Grants.
Other Relevant Organizations
The AAA is the world's largest anthropological association. The AAA's web site provides: information on grants, fellowships, and professional development; lists information on meetings of interest to anthropologists throughout the year; provides contact information for all AAA Sections and Interest Groups; and offers links to internet resources that are of interest to anthropologists.
The IUAES is a world organization of scientists and institutions working in the fields of anthropology and ethnology, but also of interest to archaeologists and linguists, among others. Its aim is to enhance exchange and communication among scholars of all regions of the world, in a collective effort to expand human knowledge. It holds a major conference every five years that provides a world forum for the discussion and dissemination of research. In the period between world congresses, it also sponsors Inter-Congresses, seminars, and symposia and encourages the participation of anthropologists in other international meetings and projects. Through its Scientific Commissions, the IUAES stimulates the convergence of research interests among anthropologists and the dissemination of research findings through publications.
The NAA collects and preserves historical and contemporary anthropological materials that document the world's cultures and the history of the discipline. Its collections represent the four fields of anthropology - ethnology, linguistics, archaeology, and physical anthropology - and include manuscripts, fieldnotes, correspondence, photographs, maps, sound recordings, film, and video created by Smithsonian anthropologists and other preeminent scholars.
The WCAA is a network of national and international associations that aims to promote worldwide communication and cooperation in anthropology. It publishes an online journal, Déjà Lu, which makes available reprints of selected articles from WCAA member association journals, aiming to disseminate anthropological knowledge on a global level. It also publicizes events held by its numerous member associations.