Can I apply more than once a year for the Engaged Anthropology Grant?

There are two deadlines for the Engaged Anthropology grant -- February and August 1st. You cannot reapply for a grant until you have received notification on your application in process. The Foundation makes every attempt to ensure that applicants receive notification on the status of their application in time for them to reapply for the next deadline. We cannot always guarantee this as there are times when the review process can take longer than six months.

Can I apply for an Engaged Anthropology Grant before completing the Ph.D?

If you are close to completing your Ph.D., you can apply for a Post-Ph.D grant. You must indicate the date you expect to have your doctorate in hand. This must be before the start date of your proposed project. Funds will not be released until you have formally received your degree and the foundation reserves the right to withdraw your award if you do not receive your Ph.D. by your anticipated completion date.

Must I be affiliated with an anthropology department to apply for a Engaged Anthropology Grant?

No. You can apply regardless of your departmental or professional affiliation. However, funding decisions are made on the basis of the potential of the project to make a significant contribution to the field of theoretical anthropology. You must clearly demonstrate this potential in your application and also show a good knowledge of the relevant anthropological literature. It is not sufficient to merely use anthropological techniques (e.g. participant observation) to carry out research in your own disciplinary area or to carry out research in a non-western setting.

Do I need to have obtained a research permit to apply and receive an award?

Please note that copies of research permits and permissions are not required at the application stage. If an application is successful, the Foundation will request copies of the relevant permits at that time.  Grant funds will not be released to a grantee until the Foundation has received copies of all relevant permits.  For Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships, this permit requirement applies only to proposals containing a research component. 

I received a MA degree in anthropology abroad and have not maintained a strong academic affiliation in my home country. Can my Home Sponsor be a faculty member at the university where I completed my MA?

Please note that priority is placed on applicants with a background in anthropology who have not received training abroad and who have an academic affiliation in their home country to which they are likely to return. Besides serving as a reference, we ask that Home Sponsors address the reasons why the applicant desires further training in anthropology and why this training is not available in the home country.

Does the Foundation favor particular programs of study over others in its funding decisions?

The Foundation prioritizes programs of study that promote its mission to support basic anthropological research into humanity's biological and cultural origins, development and variation. Applicants whose training and research objectives fall outside the scope of this mission statement and primarily emphasize more applied goals such as policy-making, public health, sustainability and conservation practices, primate conservation, heritage management, or salvage work on endangered languages are not normally competitive for funding.

I’ve applied to more than one university and will not find out if I am accepted until after the fellowship deadline. Can I apply to the program using more than one university, or switch my preferred Host Institution once I receive notification?

 No, applicants are allowed to apply to the Wadsworth program through one university at a time. Applicants are not allowed to switch Host Institutions after submitting their applications because the Foundation places considerable weight on the appropriateness of the fit between the applicant and his/her Host Sponsor and Host Institution when making its funding decisions.  

Where can I purchase Wenner-Gren casts?

Unfortunately, the foundation's casting program, Anthro-Cast, ceased operations in 1978.  The Anthro-Cast molds, however, are currently stored at the University of Pennsylvania Museum so casts can continue to be made on a per-order basis.

If you are interested in ordering casts to be made from the Anthro-Cast molds, please contact Dr. Alan Mann or Dr. Janet Monge to determine which casts are available for production and at what price.

Please direct your inquiries to: