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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.


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.

The Council for European Studies offers three different kinds of pre-dissertation research fellowships, all designed to support early dissertation research on topics in European Studies, as well as a dissertation completion fellowship, designed to aid late-stage graduate students in completing their dissertation and their graduate studies. Each pre-dissertation research fellowship includes a $4,000 stipend.

CLIR forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. One of the several opportunities it offers is the Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources. This fellowship program is to help junior scholars in the humanities and related social-science fields gain skill and creativity in developing knowledge from original sources such as museums, archives, and libraries.

EHBEA administers an annual Student Research Grant competition to aid student members in funding research projects devoted to studies of the evolution of the human mind, behavior, and society. Two grants of up to 500 Euros are awarded each year. Eligible applicants are members of EHBEA who are pursuing doctoral degrees.

The goal of the Fulbright-Hays program is to deepen knowledge of areas of the world not generally included in US curricula. This fellowship funds individual doctoral students to conduct research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of 6 to 12 months. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents registered at a US university.

The aim of the Fyessen Foundation is to encourage “all forms of scientific inquiry in cognitive mechanisms, including thought and reasoning, which underly animal and human behavior; their biological and cultural bases, and phylogenetic and ontogenetic development”. Postdoctoral study grants are meant for post-doctoral researchers, working on research disciplines such as ethology, paleontology, archaeology, anthropology, psychology, epistemology, logic and the sciences of the nervous system. These grants are awarded to french or foreign researchers, holders of a foreign PhD and who wish to achieve their project in a laboratory in France; or either french or foreign researchers holders of a French PhD who wish to achieve their project in a laboratory abroad.

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation places a priority on the study of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world and also encourages related research projects in neuroscience, genetics, animal behavior, the social sciences, history, criminology, and the humanities which illuminate modern human problems. The Foundation provides both research grants to established scholars and dissertation fellowships to graduate students to complete the writing of a dissertation within the award year.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation offers fellowships for the development of mid-career scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts. Fellowships are open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

The Horowitz Foundation makes targeted grants for work in major areas of the social sciences, including anthropology, area studies, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, and urban studies, as well as newer areas such as evaluation research. Preference will be given to projects that deal with contemporary issues in the social sciences and issues of policy relevance. Approximately fifteen grants are approved each year for aspiring PhDs at the dissertation level.