- Symposia must address “big” questions in anthropology. Applicants should make a strong case for the importance of their topic in relation to major theoretical or methodological interventions in current issues within anthropology.
- Symposia should show the relevance of basic research in anthropology to analyzing the human condition, past and/or present.
- Applicants should justify why it is important to address the proposed topic at this particular point in time. The Foundation is looking for cutting-edge topics that have a clearly argued potential for moving the field forward.
- The objectives of the symposium should be to coalesce and advance knowledge on the issue, to present and address divergent viewpoints, and to mark out directions for future research.
- There is no preference given to topics that span the four fields or engage with one sub-discipline rather than another. The primary criterion is the intellectual importance of the topic.
- Multidisciplinary symposia must clearly demonstrate relevance to big questions in anthropological theory and debate. Proposals that aim to introduce anthropological perspectives to other disciplines will not be competitive.
- The symposium must advance the Foundation’s goal of fostering an international community of anthropologists by drawing participants from around the world.