Grants for Doctoral Research in Anthropology

Deadline: 1 May and 1 November
Open to: anthropology students enrolled for a doctoral degree
Grant: maximum grant of US $25,000

Dissertation Fieldwork Grants are awarded to aid doctoral or thesis research. The program contributes to the Foundation’s overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity’s cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields.

Applicants applying for a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant may also chose to be considered simultaneously for the Osmundsen Initiative for a supplemental $5,000.

Please note that the maximum amount of the Dissertation Fieldwork Grant has been changed. Dissertation Fieldwork Grants provide a maximum of US $20,000 and the Osmundsen Initiative supplement provides up to an additional $5,000 for a maximum grant of US $25,000. Grants are non-renewable.


  • Applicants must be currently enrolled for a doctoral degree.
  • Application must be made jointly with a dissertation supervisor or other scholar who will undertake responsibility for supervising the project.
  • Qualified doctoral students are eligible without regard to nationality or institutional or departmental affiliation.
  • Grant funds cannot be released unless the applicant has successfully completed all requirements for the doctoral degree other than the dissertation/thesis. Applications may be submitted before the completion of such requirements; however, all requirements other than the dissertation/thesis must be completed before the start date for the research given by the applicant on the application form. If the application is successful, the Foundation will request confirmation that this requirement has been met.
  • Dissertation Fieldwork applications that were unsuccessful in a prior funding cycle may be resubmitted only if they are accompanied by a resubmission statement, explaining how the application is different from the prior application and how the referees’ comments have been addressed.
  • If a Dissertation Fieldwork grant is awarded, the applicant and supervisor must agree to comply with the Requirements and Conditions of the Dissertation Fieldwork Grant.

Application Deadlines

  1. There are two application deadlines each year, May 1 and November 1. The May 1 deadline is for those applicants requesting funding starting in January through June of the following year. The November 1 deadline is for applicants requesting funding starting in July through December of the following year.
  2. Applications must be submitted using the Foundation’s online application submission procedure by midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on the day of the deadline. In addition, five printed copies of the complete application must be postmarked by the application deadline and received by the Foundation no later than two weeks after the deadline or your application will not be reviewed. If it is not possible to submit your application online because of inadequate internet access in your country of origin, you must notify the Foundation at least one week before the deadline ( to arrange to submit an application by conventional mail. Please note: application materials e-mailed or faxed to the Foundation will not be accepted.
  3. The Foundation operates a two-stage decision making process.
  • Stage One: Applications are screened against the General Criteria for Evaluation. All applicants will be notified as to whether or not they are successful at this stage, generally 3 months after the deadline. Approximately 50% of all applications are successful at this stage
  • Stage Two: Successful applications are sent to an external panel for academic review. Applicants will be notified within 6-8 months of the original application deadline. Approximately 33% of Stage Two applications are successful

4.   The Foundation requests that applicants not call or e-mail to inquire about the status of their application. The applicant will be contacted by the Foundation if any additional information              is needed to process their application.

More specific information about the application terms can be found here.

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