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Program Changes in 2010

January 28, 2010

Program Changes

The Wenner-Gren Foundation is pleased to announce an increase in the maximum grant amount for the Dissertation Fieldwork Grant from $15,000 to $20,000 for applications submitted by the May 1, 2010 deadline. This brings the maximum amount for this program in line with the maximum for Wenner-Gren Post-Ph.D Research Grants and for National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grants in Anthropology, Archaeology and Biological Anthropology.

This increase is made possible by improvements in the financial markets over the past year. The Foundation is dependent entirely on the income generated from its endowment, which declined meaningfully during the recent financial crisis. This forced very difficult funding decisions in 2009, including reductions in maximum grant amounts as well as reductions in success rates across all of our programs.

Financial recovery also has allowed us to restore success rates across all of our programs to those in force before the financial downturn while retaining the Osmundsen Initiative program.

The Osmundsen Initiative was introduced in 2009 (