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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

  • Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program – 2020 Fellowship Competition — The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the tenth annual competition of the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program. The program promotes the visibility and value of the humanities Ph.D. beyond the academy by offering opportunities for PhDs to contribute to the public good through two-year fellowship placements in the fields of policy, community development, arts and culture, media, and international affairs. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 18, 2020, by 9 pm EDT.

  • 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 awardees' 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.