Post-Ph.D. Research Grants

Wenner-Gren Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $20,000

Next anticipated deadline: Nov 1, 2019

Later anticipated deadlines: May 1, 2020

Applicant type: Faculty Unaffiliated Researcher Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within a few years of receiving their PhD

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About this funder:



The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc. is a private operating foundation dedicated to the advancement of anthropology throughout the world. Located in New York City, it is one of the major funding sources for international anthropological research and is actively engaged with the anthropological community through its varied grant, fellowship, networking, conference and symposia programs.

It founded and continues to publish the international journal Current Anthropology, and disseminates the results of its symposia through open-access supplementary issues of this journal. The Foundation works to support all branches of anthropology and closely related disciplines concerned with human biological and cultural origins, development, and variation.

The Wenner-Gren Foundation has three major goals

  • to support significant and innovative anthropological research into humanity's biological and cultural origins
  • development and variation
  • to foster the creation of an international community of research scholars in anthropology, and to provide leadership at the forefronts of the discipline.

Post-Ph.D. Research Grants

Post-Ph.D. Research Grants are awarded to individuals holding a Ph.D. or equivalent degree to support individual research projects. The program contributes to the Foundation's overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity's cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Grants are for research expenses.
  • Applicants can apply regardless of institutional affiliation, country of residence, or nationality. 
  • 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.
  • Eligibility:
    • Qualified scholars are eligible without regard to nationality, or institutional or departmental affiliation.
    • Applications are accepted from scholars who are close to completing their doctorate or equivalent degree
      • however, the grant cannot be awarded until the degree is completed.
      • Note that the Foundation expects the degree to have been completed before the start date for the proposed project given by the applicant on the application form.
    • Current grantees must have completed all requirements of their existing grant, including submission of the final report, before an application for a new project can be accepted.
    • Post-Ph.D. Research grant applications that were unsuccessful in a prior funding cycle may be resubmitted only if they are accompanied by a resubmission statement, explaining how the application is different from the prior application and how the referees' comments have been addressed.
  • Applied Anthropology:
    • Those applicants with applied anthropological objectives should emphasize the theoretical and methodological impact of their research for the discipline as opposed to its applied value only.
  • Primatology:
    • Applicants whose research focuses on primatology should ensure that their proposals emphasize the specific ways in which their research relates to humanity's cultural and/or biological origins, development, and/or modern variation.


  • The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields.


  • Requests for translation, photography and filmmaking (not related to an academic research project), publication assistance, and support for institutions or non-governmental (NGO) projects lie outside of the Foundation's remit and are not considered for funding.
  • The Foundation does not fund basic research in primatology or research that is primarily orientated towards primate conservation.
  • Linguistics: Linguists should also be aware that the Foundation does not fund salvage work on endangered languages (e.g., preparation of dictionaries and/or grammars).
  • Expenses not allowed:
    • Salary and/or fringe benefits for applicant
    • Personal income taxes
    • Tuition fees
    • Travel, subsistence, insurance, etc., expenses of non-project personnel, including family accompanying the applicant to the field
    • Travel to and/or attendance at meetings
    • Institutional overhead, or institutional support
    • Expenses incurred at home while the applicant is in the field (e.g., rent, mortgage payments, childcare, storage of personal effects, etc.)
    • Expenses incurred prior to the effective date of the grant
    • Writing or publication expenses, including costs related to page charges for journal publication or to the (re)production of illustrations, photograghs and maps.
    • Living expenses while doing analysis or writing at home
    • Contingency funds or miscellaneous expenses