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2005 Annual Report

Program Highlights for 2005

Research Grants and the Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Foundation provides support to individual research and writing at the Ph.D. and Post. Ph.D. level through the Dissertation Research grant, the Post-Ph.D. Research grant and the Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship. 146 grants were given across these categories during 2005 to scholars whose work reflected a range of interests and themes across the discipline. Without being able to reflect the full diversity of the field, the following section highlights some of the themes and notable topics across the four fields (archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural/social anthropology and linguistic anthropology)  to give an indication of the variety of  research the Foundation supported in 2005.

International Symposia and Workshops

The Foundation has convened more than 130 international symposia over its history on topical issues in anthropology. The themes chosen reflect the diversity of the discipline, and scholars from across the globe have participated. 2005 was an exciting year that included symposia in Italy and smaller workshops held at the Foundation's new offices in New York City.

International Programs

One important part of the Foundation's mission is to strengthen and support anthropology throughout the world. Through specialized programs such as the Wadsworth Fellowship program which provides support to individuals who aspire for further training and come from countries where anthropology is not well represented and the International Collaborative Research grant which puts together researchers from different countries, the Foundation aims to fulfill this part of its mission. The success of these programs can be seen in the numbers of students who have returned back to their home countries and have prominent academic positions in universities around the world.

Viking Fund Medal

First awarded in 1946, the Viking Fund Medal continued to be given to exceptional anthropologists until 1972. In 2003 the Viking Fund Medal was reinstated in order to periodically recognize anthropologists who have made significant contributions, both academic and professional, to anthropology. In 2005 the medal was awarded to Dr. George Armelagos to honor his dedication to both research and teaching throughout his career.