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Global Initiatives Grants

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; they fund innovative, collaborative initiatives that build capacity in anthropology.   We look for projects 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.  Applicants of any nationality or country of residence may apply.  Applicants must have a PhD in anthropology at the time of application and be affiliated with a school or organization that can carry forward the lessons learned through the project.  We prioritize applications from individuals based in countries, regions, and communities where anthropology is disadvantaged or under threat.  Our total budget for this program is $30,000/year, so the competition is very stiff for this grant.

Examples of recent projects:

  • Funding for a 3-D scanner for the National Museum of Ethiopia, which will allow curators to generate income while making their collection available to outside researchers.

  • Funding for the translation of entries from the World Encyclopedia of Anthropology into Spanish for distribution in libraries throughout Latin America.

  • Funding for the establishment of an Observatory for Justice for Afrodescendants in Latin America.

  • Funding for fifteen conference nodes in Asia, Africa, and Latin America where participants gathered in person to take part in the Society for Cultural Anthropology’s Virtual Conference on “Displacements.”