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Grant Programs

The Foundation has a variety of grant programs for anthropological research and scholarship that are open to applicants irrespective of nationality or country of residence. Guidelines, eligibility and application information are listed below.

A variety of the Foundation's grants support students enrolled in doctoral programs leading to a Ph.D. (or equivalent), including grants for dissertation research. There are also fellowship programs for doctoral students from countries where anthropology is underrepresented and where there are limited resources for educational training.

Grants are available to scholars with a doctorate include individual research grants, a limited number of writing fellowships, training for scholars from countries where academic training in anthropology is limited and awards to encourage collaborative research between international scholars.

All of the Foundation research grants are available to students and scholars regardless of nationality and place of residence. Alongside this, the Foundation has some specific programs to support students and scholars in countries where there are limited institutional and financial resources for anthropology.

Grants are available to bring international scholars together to develop anthropological knowledge and debate. Grants are made for amounts up to $20,000.

Other Programs

In addition to its grant-making programs, the Wenner-Gren Foundation provides specialized programs as well as a variety of sponsored activities that are making important contributions to the development of the discipline.

An editorially independent online publication, to popularize and publicize anthropological research to an international audience

Each year, the Wenner-Gren Foundation funds a small number of one-time projects designed to meet a need not addressed by our other programs.  Global Initiatives Grants can be as small as $5,000 and as large as $20,000 and support initiatives in which a small amount of money can have a wide and lasting impact in creating the conditions that allow the discipline to survive and thrive.

Wenner-Gren Symposia are five-day workshops, hosted by the Foundation, which are designed to move anthropology forward by pioneering new conversations within and beyond the field. Wenner-Gren Seminars are three-day workshops designed to foster intergenerational engagement around an emerging research question or theme. Both events play a key role in helping the Foundation fulfill its mission: advancing anthropological knowledge, increasing the impact of anthropology, addressing the precarity of anthropology and anthropologists, and promoting an inclusive vision of the field.

The Foundation founded Current Anthropology in 1959 and continues to sponsor its publication today. It is one of the leading international scholarly journals in the field, publishing articles, reports, interviews and book reviews as well as discussion and commentary.

This program assists senior scholars (or their heirs) with the expense of preparing their personal research collections for archival deposit.  Its aim is to preserve materials that  document the field's development for future generations of anthropologists.

This program places one recent PhD, in anthropology or a closely aligned discipline, in a two-year term fellowship at SAPIENS, the Foundation’s online magazine. The Fellow receives $50,000 per year and gains experience in journalistic editing, expands their professional networks, and receives professional mentoring.