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The First Institutional Development Grants are awarded for 2009

October 29, 2008

The Wenner Gren Foundation is pleased to announce the first recipients of the newly established Institutional Development Grant: The National University of Mongolia and the Museum of Anthropology, Cordoba, Argentina The IDG program was created in 2008 by the Wenner-Gren Foundation to encourage the development of doctoral level programs in countries where anthropology is under-represented and there are no resources to support its growth. Both institutions will receive US $25,000, renewable for five years beginning in 2009. The institutions will be using the funds in different ways to support their teaching, curriculum development and graduate student research.

The Foundation is currently accepting preliminary inquiries for the Institutional Development Grant to be awarded in 2010 (see below).

The National University of Mongolia (pictured above) plans to radically upgrade the institutional capacity of the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology. Through an active partnership with the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge a new curriculum and doctoral program will be developed. Mongolian and Cambridge professors will set up a joint committee and design and develop a doctoral program.. Furthermore four students from Mongolia will be trained in a temporary joint Ph.D. program that includes joint supervision from both institutions with the students spending time at both institutions. These students will then be recruited to return to the faculty at the National University. Finally the Department plans to build an up-to-date resource collection on socio-cultural anthropology and enhance technical capacity of the department.

The Museum of Anthropology at the National University of Córdoba, Argentina (on the right), will offer specialized training in the three classic sub-areas of research: Social Anthropology, Archaeology and Bioanthropology. The program will work in collaboration with the Laboratory of Biological Anthropology of the University of Kansas, the Department of Anthropology of the University of Wyoming and Postgraduate Program in Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to develop a doctoral program. Doctoral studies will be oriented towards intensive theoretical and practical training to produce professionals who will be able to undertake independent research projects, exercise leadership of scientific research teams, communicate their research results, and teach at the university. The development of a Postgraduate Program in Anthropological Sciences at Córdoba also will provide more opportunities for graduates of other neighboring Argentina provinces, where there is no such possibility of postgraduate training. This also will extend the possibilities of bringing the practice of anthropology to non-academic realms, responding to a growing demand in the region.

The Institutional Development Grant is intended to strengthen (or to support the development of) anthropological doctoral programs in countries where the discipline is underrepresented. The grant provides $25,000 per year, is renewable for a maximum of five years (total support of $125,000), and may be used for any purpose to achieve the academic development goals of the applicant department. A minimum of one new award will be made each year. The Institutional Development Grant has a two-stage application process; a preliminary inquiry followed by a full application. The deadline for the mandatory preliminary inquiry is February 1. If the preliminary inquiry is successful, the deadline for submission of the full application is April 1, 2008. For full details and information on the grant and how to apply please consult the program information here.

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