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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 George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation was established to further the personal development of promising individuals at the crucial middle stages of their careers in the liberal and creative arts. A limited number of fellowships are awarded each year for independent projects to individuals who are early mid-career and who have achieved recognition for at least one major project. Academic fields are selected annually on a rotational basis. A main goal of Howard Fellowships is to provide time for scholars and artists to complete their work.

The Hard Tissue Research Program in Human Paleobiomics funds on a competitive basis the hard tissue dissertation research of doctoral candidates from any academic department and residing at any university in the world. Projects must emphasize a hard tissue biology approach in pursuit of knowledge and enhanced understanding of early human paleobiology and/or any element of the paleobiome in which early humans lived.

IIE manages undergraduate and graduate level scholarships at accredited academic institutions throughout the world. IIE implements many of the world’s most prestigious scholarship programs and manages global scholarships through a network of domestic and international offices. A wide variety of programs are sponsored by the IIE, ranging in numerous fields of study including the social sciences, science and technology, the arts, humanities, and education. In addition, a few examples of programs supported by the IIE include the David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, the Fulbright Scholar Program, and the GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program. Further requirements are specific to each particular program and can be found by visiting the link provided.

IREX works to bring about positive change around the globe. It has offices and representatives in over 125 cities of Europe and Eurasia and administers programs to advance education, support independent media, promote internet development, and build civil society throughout. Fellowships are available for pre-doctoral and postdoctoral research in various countries.

Through the Center for Global Partnership, the Japan Foundation promotes collaboration between Japan and the United States with the goal of fulfilling shared global responsibilities and contributing to improvements in the world's welfare. Programs held by the Japan Foundation fall under three major categories: Arts and Cultural Exchange, Japanese-Language Education Overseas, and Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange.

The Leakey Foundation exclusively funds research related specifically to human origins, including paleoanthropology, genetics, primate behavior, and studies of modern hunter-gatherer groups. It provides research grants to advanced doctoral students and established scientists. There are no citizenship restrictions. It also provides Franklin Mosher Baldwin Memorial Fellowships for scholars and students with citizenship in a developing country who wish to obtain an advanced degree from an institution outside the student’s home country.

The Lindbergh Foundation works to foster scientific and technological ingenuity as a means of addressing humanity’s environmental and productivity challenges. It provides grants for individuals whose initiative and work in a wide spectrum of disciplines further the Lindberghs' vision of a balance between the advance of technology and the preservation of the natural/human environment.

The Nacey Maggioncalda Foundation supports global research projects in the areas of primate evolution, ecology, physiology, and behavior. NMF also supports conservation efforts that establish a lasting, positive relationship between primates and their human neighbors, in order to improve the health and welfare of both. Nacey Grants and Fellowships are awarded to doctoral students working in areas of primate paleontology, evolution, ecology, behavior and/or conservation. Goldberg Grants are awarded to established scholars. Two are awarded annually, one for a research project and one for conservation work, and recipients must have a Ph.D.

The Anthony Marchionne Foundation supports research on issues of well-being and currently emphasizes aspects of life-singlehood and health, medicine, and behavior. The Foundation awards grants to organizations rather than individuals. Thus, the successful applicant must be affiliated with a research institute or four-year academic institution at which empirical research is supported. Applicants must also be affiliated with an American or Canadian organization, and must hold a Ph.D., though graduate students may be listed as co-PI.

The RSM Fellowships Program provides funding to help advance doctoral research work through a residency period of five to ten months at a host institution in a country other than the applicant's home country or country of residence. Fellows are expected to advance their research work mainly by using the facilities and resources provided by the host institution and by interacting with peers. Fellows must be a resident of a World Bank member country which is currently eligible to borrow.