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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.

At this deadline we will be prioritizing projects aimed at advancing the ethical treatment of human remains in anthropology.


Examples of recent projects:

  • Funding for an emergency fund set up by the American Anthropological Association to assist precarious scholars in meeting urgent needs.

  • Funding for a team of anthropologists at the Federal University of Santa Catarina to develop strategies for undertaking a collaborative study and analysis of government responses to the pandemic in Brazil.

  • Funding for a project based at Flinders University in Australia that is pioneering new approaches to collaborative ethnography while developing culturally appropriate tools and strategies to future-proof remote Aboriginal communities from pandemics.

  • Funding for an education program in Colombia aimed at raising social awareness among school children.

  • Funding for a web-based training program for anthropologists in the US and UK interested in engaging more effectively in the public sphere.