- Applicants must be from countries where anthropology is underrepresented and where there are limited resources to send students overseas for training [click here for country list ]. Normally, applicants will be under 35 years of age at the time they begin their fellowship.
- Applicants wishing to study anthropology at universities in their home country are not eligible to apply.
- Applicants must be prepared to demonstrate the unavailability of appropriate anthropological training in their home country and their reasons for choosing their Host Institution (the institution where they plan to study).
- The Host Institution must be of suitable caliber to provide international-level training in anthropology. It may be located anywhere worldwide but applicants enrolled in programs at top-ranked universities will be prioritized.
- A Host Institution can have only two active Wadsworth Fellows** at any given time. As of August 2015, institutions with two active fellows include Simon Fraser University, University of California-Davis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Washington. Students enrolled in the above mentioned programs are not currently eligible to submit applications to the Wadsworth program.
- At the time they submit their application, candidates must have an application for doctoral admission pending at their chosen Host Institution.
- The applicant must be in residence at the Host Institution during the study/training component of their fellowship.
- The applicant must have a Host Sponsor who holds an academic position at the Host Institution and in the department where the applicant will be registered. The Host Sponsor must be willing to assume responsibility for overseeing the candidate's training. Because the fellowship is intended as a partnership with the Host Institution in providing the fellow's training, it is normally expected that where possible candidates will also be offered financial support by the Host Institution.
- If the applicant has not already earned a relevant Masters degree, the Host Sponsor should address in their confidential letter of reference whether he or she expects the applicant to be able to successfully complete the doctoral program and advance to candidacy, or otherwise be prepared to begin their doctoral fieldwork, within the three years of Wadsworth funding.
- A Host Sponsor cannot sponsor more than one application per funding season.
- Priority is given to applicants who have not already earned a prior degree (including undergraduate) from an institution outside of their home country.
- Priority is given to applicants who have NOT already begun their graduate (either masters or doctoral) training outside of their home country, who are likely to return to an academic position in their home country upon completion of their degree.
- Students who have advanced beyond their first year of doctoral studies/training are not eligible to apply.
- Applicants who hold a relevant Masters degree and/or who have already begun their doctoral program at their Host Institution are only eligible to apply if they are currently in the first year of their doctoral studies AND if they will not be in the position to begin their fieldwork until the third year of their studies. These applicants must demonstrate why their funding circumstances have changed and why they no longer have sufficient funding to complete their degree.
- Applicants who do not already hold a relevant Masters degree must demonstrate that they will be able to successfully complete their training (both the Masters degree and/or any other requirements of the doctoral program) and advance to candidacy, or otherwise be prepared to begin their doctoral fieldwork, within the three years of Wadsworth funding
- Applicants who have already earned a doctoral degree in anthropology or another discipline (including medicine) are not eligible to apply.
- Applicants exclusively seeking support for fieldwork expenses and/or dissertation write-up are not eligible. Applicants should apply to the Dissertation Fieldwork Grant program for fieldwork expenses. The Foundation only funds dissertation write-up for Wadsworth International Fellows who have received funding for training purposes from the Wenner-Gren Foundation prior to undertaking their fieldwork.
- Applicants who have been residing outside of their home country during the period immediately prior to the date they anticipate beginning their training and who have not been enrolled in full-time higher education are not usually eligible to apply.
- The applicant must have a Home Sponsor who is a member of the institution with which he/she is (or has been) affiliated in the home country. The Home Sponsor must be prepared to supply a letter of reference for the applicant.If an applicant has received a MA degree abroad and has not maintained a strong academic connection to their home country, a faculty member at the institution where they received their degree can serve as a Home Sponsor.
- Applicants may submit only one application per funding season. They may not apply through two or more Host Institutions at the same time.
- If the Foundation receives more than one application from a department, the Foundation will contact that department to have them prioritize their applicants for potential funding.
- Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient funds in addition to the Wadsworth International Fellowship to complete their training at the Host Institution.
- If a Wadsworth International Fellowship is awarded, the applicant must agree to comply with the Requirements and Conditions of the Wadsworth International Fellowship.
**Please note: after completing years 1-3, Wadsworth fellows are encouraged to seek outside funding to support dissertation fieldwork -- although fellows are eligible to apply for the Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, which is a separate program and funding is not guaranteed. After completing all fieldwork and laboratory analysis, fellows are eligible for the Dissertation Write-Up Fellowship. Dissertation Write-Ups are not considered complete until the fellow defends the thesis and is awarded the degree. Unless they officially withdraw from the program -- or fail to comply with the conditions of the award -- fellows are considered active until they have completed their thesis and are awarded a degree.
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