I am working with a colleague, can we both apply?

Applicants can apply for a Post-Ph.D. Research Grant with another Researcher/Collaborator, but one applicant must be the Principle Investigator with primary responsibility for reporting on the grant. The other applicant should be listed under “Other Project Personnel” in the application. When you submit your application onlne, THE FOUNDATION ONLY REQUIRES THE CV FOR THE PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR LISTED ON THE APPLICATION. You can add more about the other collaborators and their roles and experience in the project description questions and particularly in Questions 3 and 4.

Can the Post-Ph.D. grant be used to cover salary costs?

No, salary requests while on leave are ineligible, as are any form of institutional overheads or fringe benefits. The grant covers research and field expenses only. This can include living expenses and other costs while doing your research. Please read the budgetary guidelines for further information.

My institution requires I apply through them, can I still apply for an individual research project?

Yes. You will be listed as the applicant as we only make grants to individuals under this program.  Should your application be approved, you can request that the payment be made through your institution.  We still consider you as the grantee however, and you remain responsible for the grant agreement and reporting requirements.

I need support for writing and some research, should I apply for a Post-Ph.D grant or a Hunt Fellowship?

The Post-Ph.D. grant is NOT for writing. If you are starting a new research project, or have a significant amount of research left to complete on a project (for example a full phase that will take more than three months) you should apply for the Post-Ph.D. grant. If you wish to write up already completed research you may be eligible to apply for the Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship. You cannot apply for both awards simultaneously.

Can I apply for a Post-Ph.D. 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.

What are the success rates for Post-Ph.D. grants?

The Wenner-Gren Foundation receives over 200 Post -Ph.D. applications. The success rate it approximately 15-20%. More detailed breakdown of the programs can be found in the Foundation's Annual Report.

Does the Foundation require Letters of Recommendation for my project?

The Foundation does NOT ask for Letters of Recommendation or a list of referees to accompany the proposal. The application is evaluated on its own merit. Please do NOT send any recommendations to the Foundation, they will not alter the outcome of your application.

Does the Dissertation Fieldwork grant support pilot projects?

The Dissertation Fieldwork grant does not support any pilot projects or initial trips to the field.

Can I apply if I am working as part of a team?

If you are working on a large project (for example in a lab or on an archaeological site), you can apply for a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant to support the work that is part of your doctoral research. The proposed research must be viable as a discrete project. You cannot include expenses for research that is outside of your dissertation research.

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