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Below are lists of grant-making organizations providing funding and/or other services to support anthropological research and other academic activities. The Foundation can provide no advice on these programs and we advise you to consult the specific websites for updated information and details about each organization and its grant programs.


The Albright provides a multitude of fellowship opportunities in the hopes of developing scholarly knowledge of the culture of the Near East from prehistory to the early Islamic period. Fellowships are open to students and scholars in Near Eastern studies from prehistory through the early Islamic period, including the fields of archaeology, anthropology, art history, Bible, epigraphy, historical geography, history, language, literature, philology and religion and related disciplines. The research period should be continuous, without frequent trips outside Israel. Residence at the Albright in Jerusalem is required.

The American Association of University Women has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. One of the world's largest sources of funding for graduate women, the AAUW provides over 275 fellowships, grants, and special awards annually to outstanding women.

The ACLS is a leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. It hosts a number of domestic and international programs and competitions. One of the programs includes the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which provide year-long fellowships to support Ph.D. dissertation completion in humanistic disciplines.

American Councils for International Education is an international, nonprofit organization working to advance education, research, and mutual understanding across the United States, Canada, and the nations of Southeastern Europe, Eurasia, and South Asia. The organization designs, implements, and supports innovative programs in education, professional development, and scholarly research. Grants are provided for study and research in relevant countries as well as possibilities for language training.

The APS promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities. The society fosters research and discovery through the various grants and fellowships it offers. Its various funding programs include grants for fieldwork (the Lewis and Clark Fund), grants towards Native American Studies (the Phillips Fund), and grants for non-commercial research (the Franklin Research Grants).

The Curtiss T. Brennan & Mary G. Brennan Foundation provides funding for archaeological field research, emphasizing in particular those regions of the world in which early centers of complex culture or civilization originated. The Brennan Foundation views its grants as catalytic agents enabling especially significant archaeological projects to initiate or dramatically expand work and progress to the point where traditional sources of major funding may be approached. Applications must be made by the sponsoring institution through the principal investigator. Grants are not available for dissertation research.

The Bucerius ZEIT-Stiftung’s Ph.D. scholarship program ‘Settling into Motion’ addresses questions such as 1) How can migrants, their countries of origin as well as the receiving countries benefit from these movements? 2) What are the challenges? 3) Which structures and processes need to be established so that diversity can bring benefits? This international scholarship program is open to Ph.D. students in the social sciences. The topical focus varies from year to year.

The Chateaubriand Fellowship allows doctorate students enrolled in American universities and post-doctorates to conduct research in France for up to 10 months. It is a grant offered by the French Embassy in the United States.

Cosmos Scholars are awarded small grants to meet specific research needs not covered by other supporting funds. Examples of appropriate needs are small items of equipment (ordinarily expendable), special supplies, travel to research facilities, or to attend relevant meetings, etc. Amounts range from $500 to $3,000. There is no restriction as to academic field; however, it is required that the objective of the project be that of scholarly research. Applicants must be enrolled at the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.

CAORC is a federation of independent overseas research centers that promote advanced research, particularly in the humanities and social sciences, with focus on the conservation and recording of cultural heritage and the understanding and interpretation of modern societies. American overseas research centers promote international scholarly exchange, primarily through sponsorship of fellowship programs, foreign language study, and collaborative research projects. The members of CAORC have centers in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Iraq, Jordan, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, West Africa, and Yemen. They serve as a base for American scholars undertaking research in the host countries.Click here for a full list of member Centers. CAORC also administers several funding programs in collaboration with member centers and affiliated partners.Click here for a full list of administered programs.