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2007 Annual Report

Program Highlights

Other Program Highlights 2007

Other Program Highlights 2007

Dissertation Fieldwork and Post-Ph.D Research Grants

By far the largest funding programs provided by the Foundation are the Dissertation Fieldwork and Post-Ph.D. Research Grant programs. For the Dissertation Fieldwork Grant program we received 787 applications and made 122 awards for a success rate of 15.5%. For the Post-Ph.D Research Grant program we received 242 applications and made 44 awards for a success rate of 18.2%. Over these two programs the Foundation disbursed $3,027,974 for an average grant of $18,241.

Lists of the successful grantees can be found in the Grantee section of this report and abstracts of the research can be found on the website's Grantees Section ( Application and award statistics can be found under "Grantmaking Statistics" in this report.

The International Collaborative Research Grant (ICRG)

The ICRG has been redesigned to include additional money for a training element. ICRGs that do not include the training element are funded to a maximum of $30,000 and those that do include training can be funded to a maximum of $35,000, of which no more than $10,000 can be used for essential training purposes. 2007 was the first year to benefit from these changes and the Foundation has been pleased with both the number of applications for this program as well as with their quality and innovative training initiatives. This program is not only serving the mission of the Foundation to foster international collaboration, but also is providing opportunities for many young students and scholars to become involved in high quality research.

In 2007 the Foundation received 43 ICRG applications and made 13 awards. Information about the successful ICRG grants can be found in the Grantee section of this report.

Conference and Workshop Grants. In 2007 the Foundation received 49 Conference and Workshop applications and made 31 awards. This represents a success rate of 63.3%. Nine of these awards funded conferences or inter-congresses sponsored by international anthropological associations. The remaining 22 funded workshops. The international anthropological associations that benefited from our sponsorship are:

  • The 22nd Congress of the International Primatological Society to be held in 2008 in Edinburgh, Scotland

  • The Sixth World Archaeological Congress (WAC-6) to be held in 2008 at University College Dublin

  • The International Society for Folk Narrative Research interim conference on Folk Narrative Studies to be held in 2007 in Santa Rosa, Argentina

  • The conference of Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA) to be held in 2008 at the University of Cape Town, South Africa

  • The 4th World Archaeological Congress inter-congress on "Archaeological Theory in South America" held in 2007 at Argentina

  • The 13th annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) held in 2007, Zadar, Croatia

  • The International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences inter-congress on "Urban Identity, Power, and Space: The Case of the Trans-European Corridors," to be held in 2007 in Tirana, Albania

  • The "Combined Conference and Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) International Festival of Ethnographic Film" held in 2007in Manchester, UK

  • The 14th Conference on Religious Alternatives in Latin America: "Religions/Cultures," held in 2007 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Further information on these conferences and the funded workshops can be found in the Grantee section of this report and on the Foundation's website at:

Wadsworth Short Term Fellowship, Initiatives Grants, and the Historical Archive Program

In addition to the programs mentioned above, the Foundation also supports three smaller programs. The Wadsworth Short Term Fellowship funds students and scholars from developing world countries for either three months of training or three months of library research. The Initiatives Grants support worthy projects that do not otherwise fall into the Foundation's funding programs. The Historical Archive Program supports the preservation of unpublished personal research materials of established anthropologists, which are considered of value for research on the history of anthropology. Information on the successful awards can be found in the Grantee section of this report. Highlights of a few of these projects follow.

Through the Initiatives program we have provided money to the National Museum of Kenya (Dr. Fredrick Manthi) to hold a workshop on ‘Human Origins for Kenyan Educators.' Kenya is one of the major sources in eastern Africa for the fossil evidence relevant to our understanding of human evolution. Recently there have been religious fundamentalist demands to remove this evidence from display at the National Museums of Kenya. We were able to help the museum train high school teachers in effective ways to teach human evolution and to educate Kenyan young people about the significance of the Kenyan hominin fossils to human evolution.

We also provided an initiatives grant to Dr. Andres Barrera-Gonzalez (U. Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain) to hold a workshop in partnership with the new European Science Foundation to survey the nature of anthropology and anthropology teaching across Europe. Because socio-cultural anthropology and ethnology are taught under a variety of names and in a variety of contexts in Europe, this initiative was considered essential so that the European Science Foundation would not overlook anthropology as a viable and significant discipline that should receive full financial and program support. We are happy to report that our initial support has resulted in an on-going initiative to continue to monitor the field in Europe.

 The Foundation awarded a Historical Archive Program grant to preserve the ethnographic films of John Marshall (1932-2005) who spent five decades (1950 – 2000) filming the lives of the people from Nyae Nyae in Namibia. His film material is to be deposited with the Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution. The picture is of John Marshall filming people in at /Aotcha in Nyae Nyae in 1955 (photo by Laurence Marshall).