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  • PRF Research Assistantships:
    The Purdue Research Foundation provides half-time research assistantships for doctoral students through two programs: PRF Research Grants and PRF Summer Research Grants. The Vice President for Programs of the Purdue Research Foundation has information about these grant competitions.
  • Purdue University Graduate Funding Page
    Purdue University Incentive Grants: For students who apply to external, multi-year fellowships or dissertation fellowships (the Graduate School maintains a list of eligible competitions). Students must be enrolled in a degree-granting graduate program and plan to continue graduate study at Purdue University in the subsequent year(s). $500 for first multi-year application; $250 for subsequent or for dissertation fellowships; maximum award per student is $1000 per year. Purdue University Graduate School. Deadlines November, March.
  • Purdue Graduate Student Government Travel Grants
    The aim of the Purdue Graduate Student Government (PGSG) Travel Grant* is to assist Purdue University graduate students in attending technical conferences which in turn will help to develop graduate students professionally and augment the overall quality of research at Purdue. Grants are distributed among graduate students on a competitive basis. Because the number of applications varies each semester and the total budget for Travel Grant varies year to year, the number and amount of awards will not determined until after all applications have been received. Grants are typically about $200 and are awarded to 20-40% of applicants.

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Grant Programs in Anthropology

  • National Science Foudnation Dissertation Improvement Grant. Division of Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences.
  • NSF Physical Anthropology dissertation grant guidelines Deadline: Feb 9 and Aug 16 Program Director Trudy Turner:
  • Cultural Antrhopology Grant Guidelines Program Director Deborah Winslow Deadlines: January 15 and August 15.
  • NSF Archaeology dissertation grant guidelines Program Director John Yellen: rolling deadlines.
  • National Institute of Health (NIH) Research Funding Opportunities: National Insitutes of Health (NIH) Research Funding.
  • Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Fellowship Information
  • Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship The Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies announce the 2008 competition of the INTERNATIONAL DISSERTATION RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP (IDRF) program, designed to support distinguished graduate students in the humanities and social sciences who are conducting dissertation research outside the United States. Seventy-five fellowships of approximately $20,000 will be awarded in 2008 with funds provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    The IDRF program is committed to scholarship that advances knowledge about non-U.S. cultures and societies grounded in empirical and site-specific research (involving fieldwork, research in archival or manuscript collections, or quantitative data collection). The program promotes research that is situated in a specific discipline and geographical region and is engaged with interdisciplinary and cross-regional perspectives.

    Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. requirements except on-site dissertation research by the time the fellowship begins or by December 2008, whichever comes first. Fellowships will provide support for nine to twelve months of dissertation research. The fellowship must be held for a single continuous period within the eighteen months between July 2008 and December 2009.

    For more detailed information on application procedures and eligibility requirements, please visit the IDRF website at

  • Fullbright IIE Awards for International Research Generous stipend for international doctoral and postdoctoral research. Deadline October 20, 2006.
  • Fullbright Hays Doctoral Student Research Generous funding for 6-12 months of Research Abroad
  • American Association of University Women
  • WennerGren Foundation for Anthropological Research A variety of the Foundation's grants support students enrolled in doctoral programs leading to a Ph.D. (or equivalent), including grants for dissertation research. Dissertation Fieldwork Grants are non-renewable and provide a maximum of US $25,000. Students must be enrolled in a doctoral program (or equivalent, if applying from outside the United States) at the time of application. Students of all nationalities are eligible to apply. There is no time limit on the duration of the grant, and funding may be requested to cover distinct research phases (for example, two summers) if this is part of the research design. Application deadlines are May 1 and November 1. Final decisions are made six months later. Applications are submitted online and are available three months before each deadline.
  • AAA Minority Dissertation Fellowship
    The American Anthropological Association invites minority doctoral candidates in anthropology to apply for a full-year dissertation fellowship of $10,000. This program is designed to demonstrate the Association's support for promising minority graduate students in anthropology and to demonstrate its commitment to the long-range goal of increasing diversity in the discipline. The implications of the awardee's research to issues and concerns of the US historically disadvantaged populations, relevant service to the community and future plans are of specific concern in the review process. African American, Alaskan Native, American Indian or Native American, Asian American, Latino/a, Chicano/a, and Pacific Islander doctoral students who are US citizens who have been admitted to degree candidacy are urged to apply. Only one fellowship is awarded annually.
  • Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Grants in Women's Studies
    Purpose: The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Grants in Women's Studies encourage original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. Previous grant recipients have explored such topics as sterilization and reproductive rights; women's political presence worldwide; gender, culture, and prospects for girl's education and women's literacy; and Middle East feminists. Eligibility: Students in doctoral programs who have completed all pre-dissertation requirements in any field of study at graduate schools in the United States.
  • Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Opportunities
    Applicants to the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program must propose to conduct research in a discipline pursued at the Smithsonian and must submit a specific and detailed research proposal indicating why the Smithsonian is an appropriate place to carry out the study. Projects that broaden and diversify the research conducted within these disciplines are encouraged. Fellowships are offered to support research at Smithsonian facilities or field stations. Fellows are expected to spend most of their tenure in residence at the Smithsonian, except when arrangements are made for periods of field work or research travel.
  • LSB Leakey Foundation Website
    Leakey General Research Grants are awarded twice annually and constitute the majority of the Foundation's grant program. Priority for funding is given to the exploratory phases of promising new research projects that meet the stated purpose of the Foundation. The relevance of the project to understanding human origins must be explicit throughout your application. The Leakey Foundation was formed to further research into human origins. Both senior researcher and doctoral student research is supported. Recent priorities include research into the environments, archeology, and human paleontology; into the behavior, morphology, and ecology of the great apes and other primate species; and into the behavioral ecology of contemporary hunter-gatherers. Other areas of study are rarely considered. Dec 15 and July 15 deadlines.
  • American Museum Natural History Grants
    The museum offers a variety of small research grants and an anthropology internship aimed at both graduate and undergraduate students.
  • National Geographic Society Research Grants
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Wildlife Conservation Society Research Fellows Program Grants (WCS)
  • Primate Conservation, Inc.

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