History of the Foundation

View grantees in the Image Library

10th Anniversary Report: The Viking Fund and Anthropology

Looking back on its first decade of existence, Richard C. Hunt (then President of the Viking Fund) laid out the following guiding principles used by its Board of Directors in overseeing its operation.

  1. To promote the "Science of Man" by aiding scholars and institutions throughout the world, without regard to nationality, race, or culture.
  2. To be equally concerned with projects in other disciplines likely to contribute to or extend the boundaries of anthropology as with those in more clearly recognized branches of the science: physical anthropology, archeology, ethnology, general theory and philosophy, and linguistics.
  3. To consider both the support of education of younger scholars and the publication of the results of research as significant facets of the promotion of the dis