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The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc. is a private operating foundation dedicated to the advancement of anthropology throughout the world. Located in New York City, it is one of the major international funding sources for anthropological research and is actively engaged with the anthropological community through its varied grant, fellowship, conference, and capacity building programs. It founded and continues to publish the international journal Current Anthropology and disseminates the results of its symposia through open access supplementary issues of this journal. It also publishes SAPIENS, an award-winning open access magazine read by millions of non-anthropologists worldwide. The Foundation works to support all branches of anthropology and closely related disciplines concerned with human biological and cultural origins, development, and variation.

The Wenner-Gren Foundation is committed to playing a leadership role in anthropology.   We help anthropologists advance anthropological knowledge, build sustainable careers, and amplify the impact of anthropology within the wider world. We dedicate ourselves to broadening the conversation in anthropology to reflect the full diversity of the field.

The Wenner-Gren Foundation and the University of Chicago Press are delighted to announce the selection of Laurence Ralph to serve as Current Anthropology’s next editor. 

Danilyn Rutherford is President of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc.

The Foundation was founded in 1941 by Axel Wenner-Gren as the Viking Fund, Inc. Its name was changed to the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc., on its 10th anniversary in 1951. A short history of the Foundation can be found here.

Wenner-Gren Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees. It also has an academic Advisory Council consisting of seven members, all anthropologists representing the different subfields, whose term of service is four years.