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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 Royal Anthropological Institute seeks to combine a distinguished tradition of scholarship with the active provision of services to contemporary anthropology and anthropologists. The RAI administers a number of fellowships at the postdoctoral level in partnership with host universities and limited financial support to doctoral students of anthropology. Some programs include the Emslie Horniman Anthropological Scholarship Fund, the Radcliffe-Brown and Firth Trust Funds for Social Anthropological Research, the Ruggles-Gates Fund for Biological Anthropology, and the Royal Anthropological Institute and Anthropologists’ Fund for Urgent Anthropological Research (AFUAR).

The School for Advanced Research supports advanced scholarship and creativity in the social sciences, the humanities, and Native American art. Its focus is primarily on senior academic scholars (Resident Scholar and Summer Scholar programs for writing in the social sciences, arts, and humanities), on Native American artists, and on its Seminar Program, which invites applications for a number of intensive seminars each year.

The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Program has provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences since 1922. The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.

The SSRC is an international organization whose mission is to nurture new generations of social scientists, foster innovative research, and mobilize necessary knowledge on important public issues. It has over 30 fellowship and grant programs, many of interest to anthropologists. In particular, the International Dissertation Research Fellowship supports dissertation research conducted, in whole or in part, outside the United States, about non-US topics and is open to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences – regardless of citizenship – enrolled in Ph.D. programs in the United States.

The Spencer Foundation supports research that promises to yield new knowledge about education in the United States or abroad and how it can be improved. The Foundation's Research programs support work that shows promise of contributing new knowledge or understanding that may contribute to improvement of educational thought or practice. Spencer Fellowship programs support educational researchers at different stages of their professional careers, providing resources to both beginning and senior researchers to pursue concentrated intellectual activity.

The SRI Foundation is dedicated to cultural resource management (CRM). The Foundation has two $10,000 Dissertation Research Grants for advanced doctoral candidates in historic preservation. The Foundation also runs a summer institute for professional development in CRM.

The SRF is a joint fund of the Linnean Society and the Systematics Association which administers grants annually for small-scale research projects in the field of systematics and taxonomy. Contributions are typically made towards fieldwork expenditure, the purchase of scientific equipment or expertise, specimen preparation, and publication costs. Projects of a more general or educational nature will also be considered, provided that they include a strong systematics component.

The Toyota Foundation seeks to contribute to the development of better societies that will foster rich relationships among people and between people and nature. It provides a variety of funding opportunities, most significantly the International Grant Program, the Research Grant Program, and Grant Program for Community Activities in Japan.

The Trudeau Scholarship is the most prestigious doctoral award in Canada. Available to Canadian citizens and non-citizens who are enrolled at a Canadian institution, the scholarship is valued at $60,000 per year for a maximum of four years. A link to one or more of the Foundation themes is a basic requirement for the Trudeau Scholarship. The Trudeau Foundation’s themes are Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada in the World, and People in their Natural Environment.

The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan institution whose mission is to strengthen the nation's capacity to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict. The Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship program supports doctoral dissertations that explore the sources and nature of international conflict, and strategies to prevent conflict and/or sustain peace. The Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship program permits scholars to be in residence at the Institute in Washington D.C. for up to 10 months. The Institute offers other fellowship opportunities including the Trans-Atlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for Institutional Relations and Security (TAPIR).