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Dissertation Research Funding

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 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.

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.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Funds studies in global health, specifically diseases affecting large populations in developing countries.

Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. Funding for research contributing to contemporary knowledge of ancient Mesoamerican cultures.

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

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.

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.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education: U.S. Army Environmental Center Funding for environmental projects involving cultural and natural resources.

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.

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.

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 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 Wenner-Gren Foundation Funding for dissertation research in anthropology, must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program.

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