This grant program funds doctoral or thesis research that advances anthropological knowledge. Our goal is to support vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of what it means to be human. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, topic, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that integrate two or more subfields and pioneer new approaches and ideas.

The maximum Dissertation Fieldwork Grant is $25,000. Grants are nonrenewable. There is no limit to the duration of the grant, and applicants may request funding to cover distinct research phases (for example, two summers) if this is part of the research design. Wenner-Gren awards do not include funds to cover institutional overhead or any fees related to the administration of our grants and fellowships.


  • Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program (or equivalent, if outside the U.S.). Applicants must designate a dissertation advisor or other scholar from the same institution who will take responsibility for supervising the project.
  • To receive an award, applicants must fulfill all of their program’s doctoral degree requirements, other than the dissertation/thesis, before the start date listed on their application form. Successful applicants must provide proof from their department that they have completed all the necessary coursework and exams.
  • Qualified students of any nationality or institutional affiliation may apply.

Annual Deadlines

  • May 1 (for project start dates between January 1 and June 30 of the following year)
  • November 1 (for project start dates between July 1 and December 31 of the following year)

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