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.  

I’m looking for funding to support my dissertation write-up. Can I apply for Wenner-Gren’s Dissertation Write-Up Fellowship?

No. The Dissertation Write-Up Fellowship is available exclusively for Wadsworth fellows who have received two years of funding for training purposes prior to undertaking their dissertation fieldwork.

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

Wadsworth International Fellowships

Wadsworth International Fellowships provide funds to support study leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in anthropology. Fellowships are made for amounts up to $17,500 per year with the possibility of renewal for a total of four years of funding. Applicants must be from countries where anthropology is underrepresented and where there are limited resources to send students overseas for training.

The Wadsworth International Fellowships are intended to provide support for students undertaking study leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree at universities where they can receive international-level training in anthropology. These fellowships are available only to students from countries where anthropology is underrepresented and where there are limited resources to send students overseas for training [click here for country list].

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