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The Osmundsen Initiative and other important program changes

February 11, 2009

The Wenner-Gren Foundation is pleased to announce the Osmundsen Initiative, named in honor of Lita Osmundsen who was president of the Foundation from 1963 to 1987.

The Osmundsen Initiative provides up to an additional $5,000 of support for select applicants who receive either a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant or a Post-Ph.D. Research Grant from Wenner-Gren. This new initiative will enable grantees to demonstrate how their work would scale up from a local situation or focused topic to address broader social or intellectual issues. In the process, it encourages applicants to demonstrate the unique value of the anthropological approach to illuminating these broader issues.

Applicants for either the Dissertation Fieldwork Grant or the Post-Ph.D. Research Grant can simultaneously apply for the Osmundsen Initiative by simply answering an additional question on the application form, and providing a supplementary budget showing how they would use the additional funds. It is therefore essential that all applications for 2009 grants be made on the most recent application forms. Applications on out-dated forms will not be processed.

Importantly, applicants who apply only for the basic Dissertation Fieldwork Grant or the Post-Ph.D. Research Grant will be at no disadvantage in these competitions if they elect not to simultaneously apply for the Osmundsen Initiative. Likewise, applicants who elect to be considered for the Osmundsen Initiative have no special advantage in the reg