Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships

Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships provide up to $40,000 towards the writing-up of already completed research. The fellowship is awarded to scholars who are within ten years of the receipt of their Ph.D. and supports them early in their career when they frequently lack the time and resources to publish.

Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships support the writing-up of already completed research. The fellowship is awarded to scholars in the earlier stages of their careers, when they frequently lack the time and resources to develop their research for publication.  Scholars with a Ph.D. in hand for no more than ten years (from the application deadline) are eligible to apply. A maximum of eight Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded annually.

How many publications do you require?

The award is for you to develop your thinking and write-up results for scholarly publications. You may have one full length article you wish to submit and require a few months for the fellowship, or a series of articles or a full book manuscript. What is important is that you are realistic about how much you can do in the requested time period.

Can I use some or all of the stipend to cover the costs of covering my teaching load?

The intention of the award is to allow you the freedom to devote 100% of your time to writing. You may use the award in whatever way that allows you to do this. However, it is Foundation policy that Institutional Overhed is not generally covered under this fellowship.

I have finished the research, but have some follow-up work to do? Can I apply?

If you have a small amount of research to do along with the writing, such as updating some data, or follow-up interviews for a specific chapter, you can include this in your proposal. It should last no more than a quarter of the total fellowship period requested, and it should not significantly alter the shape of your proposal. You should be clear as to why this research component is necessary and what it entails, as well as what clarifying what  research is already completed.

Does the Hunt Fellowship only cover the writing of research completed for my dissertation?

No. You can apply for the Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship for the development and writing-up of any completed research.

Can I apply for a Hunt Fellowship before completing the Ph.D?

You must have your Ph.D. in hand to apply. This way you can incorporate the comments and suggestions you received during your dissertation defense into the proposed development of your project.

What are the success rates for the Hunt Fellowship?

The Wenner-Gren Foundation receives over 100 Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship applications and normally awards eight grants annually. Unsuccessful applications can only be resubmitted twice.  A more detailed breakdown of various programs' success rates can be found in the Foundation's Annual Report.

Must I be affiliated with an anthropology department to apply for a Hunt Fellowship?

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.

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.

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