I have started my research, but still need funding for a final phase. Can I apply?

Yes. You must make clear what research has been conducted already and how the final phase relates to research already completed. Funding can not be requested for research already begun. Budget requests should only include expenses to be incurred AFTER the grant is awarded (for the November deadline this would be research taking place from July and for the May deadline this is reaearch taking place from January).

Can I apply more than once a year for the Dissertation Fieldwork grant?

There are two deadlines for the Dissertation Fieldwork grant -- November and May 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.

Is my Grant or Fellowship taxable?

Below is information on US tax issues and the Foundation's tax reporting requirements.  Please note that Wenner-Gren Foundation grants and fellowships are "non-service" payments and do not represent compensation for past, present, or future services.

I. Non-US Persons

Why do I need a thesis supervisor to apply, and who should he or she be?

Dissertation Fieldwork applications are submitted by applicants who are already working under the supervision of a designated thesis advisor or scholar. If you receive a Dissertation Fieldwork grant, this supervisor is responsible for the reporting requirements of the grant. For the purpose of the application, your advisor must be at the same department or academic instition. Other academic advisors can be mentioned in question 4 of the project description questions. We DO NOT require or accept any letter of recommendation from him or her with your application.

At what point in my doctoral program can I apply?

The Foundation does not  make awards to applicants who have not successfully completed all their requirements for the doctoral degree other than the dissertation/thesis. You may submit your application before you have completed these requirements, however you must have completed them before the start date for the research you provide on the application form. You will be required to provide confirmation of completion of these requirements if your application is successful.

Does the Dissertation Fieldwork grant support writing or tuition?

No, tuition expenses or support for writing-up and analysis of results after your research is completed are ineligible.

What are the success rates for Dissertation Fieldwork grants?

The Wenner-Gren Foundation receives over 650 Dissertation Fieldwork grant applications each year. Only 15-20 percent of the applications are successful. More detailed breakdown of the programs can be found in the Foundation's Annual Report.

Do I have to be enrolled in an anthropology department to apply?

No. You can apply regardless of departmental 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.

What projects are normally NOT funded by the Foundation?

Requests for translation, photography and filmmaking (not related to an academic research project), publication assistance, and support for institutions or non-governmental (NGO) projects lie outside of the Foundation's remit and are not considered for funding.

Please also note the following: