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Alpha Kappa Alpha Advancement Foundation Scholarship

Applicant must have completed a minimum of one year in a degree granting institution; be continuing a program of education in such an institution; demonstrate exceptional academic achievement, as evidenced by a GPA of 3.0 or higher; and show evidence of leadership by participation in community or campus activities.

American Anthropological Association: Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program

An applicant must be: (1) a US citizen; (2) a member of an historically underrepresented ethnic minority group, including, but not limited to: African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians or Native Americans, Asian Americans, Latino/as , Chicano/as, and Pacific Islanders; (3) enrolled in a full-time academic program leading to a doctoral degree in anthropology at the time of application (4) admitted to degree candidacy before the dissertation fellowship is awarded; and (5) a member of the American Anthropological Association. The dissertation proposal must be approved by the applicant’s committee prior to application. Students of any subfield or specialty in anthropology will receive equal consideration.

American Association of University Women

Applicant must be a woman doctoral candidate completing a dissertation or a scholar seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave or for preparing completed research for publication. Must also be a U.S citizen or permanent resident.

American Center of Oriental Research

A variety of fellowships for those studying the humanities in the Near East.

American Council of Learned Societies

Nine different grants available for those with a conferred Ph.D. engaging in humanistic research in Asia, Africa, the Near East, or the Soviet Union.

American Educational Research Association

Various grants available to those with a conferred Ph.D. conducting research in education.

American Museum of Natural History

A wide variety of grants supporting research in various fields, including anthropology.

American Philosophical Society

A variety of research grants available to undergrads, grads, and postgrads.

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies

First year doctoral students.

Anthropologists’ Fund for Urgent Anthropological Research

Funding for enthnographic research on currently threatened indigenous people.

Archaeological Institute of America

Various grants funding research in the Mediterranean and Europe.

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Funds studies in global health, specifically diseases affecting large populations in developing countries.

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Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute

W. Frank Blair Award Competition for Excellence in Written Data Presentation: $500 award for the best paper pertaining to the natural sciences in the Chihuahuan Desert region.

Cornell University Fellowship Database

Searchable database with links to hundreds of grant and fellowship opportunities.

Council for European Studies/CES

For graduate students working on Europe: summer pre-dissertation fellowships to determine the viability of a doctoral dissertation in the social sciences and humanities.

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David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation works to ensure opportunities for all children to reach their potential, to protect reproductive rights and stabilize world population, to conserve and restore the earth’s natural systems, and to encourage the creative pursuit of science by funding nonprofit groups engaged in such research.

Department of Energy

A variety of grants for science-related projects.

Department of Health and Human Services

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite applications for support of public health dissertation research.  This program supports research undertaken as part of an academic program to qualify for a doctorate. The CDC dissertation award supports dissertation research costs for students in accredited research doctoral programs in the United States (including Puerto Rico, and other U.S. Territories or possessions).  Dissertation applications must focus on methodological and research topics that address the mission and research interests of CDC.

Department of Homeland Security

Tuition stipends for students studying anthropology.

Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney Fellowship

The Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS) at the University of Michigan invites applications from scholars working on Africa or the African diaspora. Consideration will be given to all disciplines including – but not limited to – the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences and professional schools. Scholars from or who study the Gullah speaking Sea islands, Cape Verde islands, the Anglophone Caribbean, the Canary Islands, and Madagascar and/or other less studied areas are especially encouraged to apply.

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Earthwatch Institute Research Program

Support for field-based research in all scientific disciplines.

Environmental Protection Agency

Various grants for researching aspects of environmental protection.

Epilepsy Foundation

Funding for research related to epilepsy.

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Fogarty International Center

A variety of grants supporting research in global health.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships

The Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships seek to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. To facilitate this goal the Fellowship grants awards at the Predoctoral, Dissertation and, Postdoctoral levels to students whom demonstrate excellence, a commitment to diversity and, a desire to enter the professoriate.

Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc.

Funding for research contributing to contemporary knowledge of ancient Mesoamerican cultures.


Sponsored by the United States Department of State, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary, and secondary schools.

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Graduate Women in Science

Grants for research in anthropology, must be a member of Sigma Delta Epsilon.

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Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Scholarships for those of Hispanic heritage, must have a GPA of at least 3.0.

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International Research & Exchanges Board

The Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program (IARO)   Fellowships to professionals with terminal degrees, mater’s students, and predoctoral and postdoctoral scholars and from the United States for individual long-term policy-relevant research in Europe and Eurasia.

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Jacob K. Javits Fellowship (JKJ) Program

Fellowships can be offered to individuals studying social sciences, humanities, or the arts who at the time of application have not yet completed their first full year of a doctoral or master’s degree program (whichever is the terminal degree for the field of study) or are entering graduate school for the first time in the next academic year.

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Lindbergh Foundation

Funding projects that improve the quality of all life by seeking a balance between technological advancements and environmental preservation.

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MacArthur Program on Human and Community Development

This program funds research with significant implications for effecting change.  In support of practical interventions, the program gives priority to projects that are likely to yield lasting improvements after a period of Foundation support.  Funds go mainly to institutions.

Marshall Scholarship

Open only to United States citizens who (at the time they take up their Scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.7.

Michigan State University: Grants for Individuals

Resources compiled by Michigan State University Library relating to grant opportunities for anthropology students, as well as links to grant databases.

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

A wide variety of grants supporting the humanities.

National Geographic: Committee for Research and Exploration

Funding for research that emphasizes multidisciplinary projects addressing environmental issues.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Information on medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunities.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Searchable database for hundreds of grants in science-related fields.

National Security Education Program

Funding to study domestic language and culture overseas, must include a modern language other than English.

National Space Biomedical Research Institute

Funding for any U.S. laboratory carrying out research in space-related biomedical or biotechnological fields; call for proposals posted annually.

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Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education: U.S. Army Environmental Center

Funding for environmental projects involving cultural and natural resources.

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Royal Anthropological Institute

The major aim of the fund is to encourage recent graduates to pursue fieldwork, to develop their careers as anthropologists, and make significant contributions to the discipline.

Russell Sage Foundation

A foundation dedicated to programs of basic social science research in three program areas: research on the future of work, research on current U.S. immigration, and social-psychological research on improving relations among racial and ethnic groups in schools, workplaces, and neighborhood settings.

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School of American Research

Funding for Ph.D. candidates whose work is either humanistic or scientific.  Fellowships for Native Americans

Smithsonian Institute

Funding for both master’s and doctoral candidates whose work would benefit from study at the Smithsonian; the website contains links to many other grant opportunities.

Social Science Research Council

Funding for predissertation, dissertation, and postdoctoral research that supports innovative knowledge production and the building of research capacity in areas of critical social importance.

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The American Research Center in Egypt

Funding for doctoral candidates and Ph.D. holders who would benefit from study in Egypt with access to museums and archives.

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

Funding to finish dissertation in the last year of Ph.D. work; research must be to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression and dominance.

The Henry Luce Foundation

Various fellowships including the Clare Boothe Luce graduate fellowship for women pursuing a terminal degree in fields that have been traditionally dominated by males.

The Leakey Foundation

Funds research in environments, archeology, and human paleontology, as well as the behavior, morphology, and ecology of the great apes and other primate species.

The National Academies

Support for underrepresented minorities who are interested in teaching.

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

The Preservation Technology and Training (PTT) Grants Program supports research, training, meetings, conferences and publications that further the Center’s mission. The following research priorities are designed to focus NCPTT’s grants program, but still accommodate a variety of proposals in archeology , historic architecture, historic landscapes and materials conservation.

The Pew Charitable Trust

See website for more specific information.

The RISM Landes Awards

Field research on subjects that were of interest to Landes as an anthropologist. These subjects include: race or ethnic relations, gender issues, education in a comparative perspective and problems of aging.

The Rockefeller Foundation

Grantmaking is organized around four programming “themes.” These themes are based on their direct relevance to the Rockefeller Foundation’s mission and on its historic competencies. Sustaining and enriching lives and livelihoods requires food security, more equitable health outcomes, and opportunities for work and creative expression.

The Spencer Foundation

Funding for dissertation and postdoctoral fellowships broadly related to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education; anywhere in the world.

The Wenner-Gren Foundation

Funding for dissertation research in anthropology, must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program.

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William T. Grant Foundation

Funding for institutions, specifically multiple individuals from a variety of disciplines researching collaboratively.

W.  K. Kellogg Foundation

Funding for programs in health, food systems and rural development, youth and education, philanthropy and volunteerism, Greater Battle Creek, and cross programming work.  Does not fund single individuals.

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