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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Dissertation Fieldwork Grants for Doctoral or Thesis Research

Overview

Dissertation Fieldwork Grants are awarded to aid doctoral or thesis research. 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.

Applicants applying for a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant may also chose to be considered simultaneously for the Osmundsen Initiative.

Please note that the maximum amount of the Dissertation Fieldwork Grant has been changed. Dissertation Fieldwork Grants provide a maximum of US $20,000 and the Osmundsen Initiative supplement provides up to an additional $5,000 for a maximum grant of US $25,000. Grants are non-renewable.

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.


Applicants must submit application materials using the Foundation's online application submission procedure as well as send printed copies to the Foundation by regular mail.

Eligibility

  1. Applicants must be currently enrolled for a doctoral degree.
  2. Application must be made jointly with a dissertation supervisor or other scholar who will undertake responsibility for supervising the project.
  3. Qualified doctoral students are eligible without regard to nationality or institutional or departmental affiliation.
  4. Grant funds cannot be released unless the applicant has successfully completed all requirements for the doctoral degree other than the dissertation/thesis. Applications may be submitted before the completion of such requirements; however, all requirements other than the dissertation/thesis must be completed before the start date for the research given by the applicant on the application form. If the application is successful, the Foundation will request confirmation that this requirement has been met.
  5. Dissertation Fieldwork 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.
  6. If a Dissertation Fieldwork grant is awarded, the applicant and supervisor must agree to comply with the Requirements and Conditions of the Dissertation Fieldwork Grant.

Application Procedures

  1. The Wenner-Gren Foundation receives over 650 Dissertation Fieldwork applications each year. Only 11-12 percent of the applications are successful. Given this degree of competition, the Foundation advises applicants to follow closely all the procedures for completing the application.
  2. Applications must be submitted on the most recent official application form. Application forms and guidelines for completing these forms are available three months before each application deadline.
  3. The Foundation operates an online application submission procedure. All application forms and other required application materials must be submitted online. If it is not possible to submit your application online because of inadequate internet access in your country of origin, you must notify the Foundation at least one week before the deadline to arrange to submit an application by conventional mail (applications@wennergren.org).
  4. In addition to the online submission, five paper copies of the application form and other required application materials must be sent to the Foundation. This material must be postmarked by the application deadline (and received by the Foundation no later than two weeks after the deadline) or your application will not be reviewed.
  5. Applications can only be made within 3 months of the application deadline.
  6. Applications must be in English.
  7. There is a single application form for both the Dissertation Fieldwork Grant and the Osmundsen Initiative. The application asks for the following categories of information:
    • General information about yourself, your supervisor, and the project
    • An Abstract of your proposed research. If your application is successful, this abstract will appear on the Foundation's website. Please make sure your abstract is written in a style that is clearly understandable to a non-specialist.
    • Project description questions. All applicants must answer the first five project description questions. Applicants who wish to be considered for the Osmundsen Initiative must also answer the sixth question. All responses should be carefully prepared. Applicants are advised to read the questions and instructions as they develop their answers.
    • A resubmission statement if the current application is a resubmission of a previously declined application.
    • A detailed budget
    • A bibliography relevant to your proposed project
    • A curriculum vitae for the applicant and supervisor
  8. Please note that research permits and/or special visas are not required at the application stage. If an application is successful, the Foundation will request copies of the relevant permits. Grant funds will not be released to a grantee until the Foundation has received copies of all relevant research permits.
  9. Before submitting your application, please read the information on US tax issues applicable to all grantees Click here for more information.
  10. Non-US citizens should read the information on US visa requirements for Non-US citizens who are present or coming to the United States as part of their research project Click here for more information.
  11. Successful applicants are required to comply with all US laws. This includes, but is not limited to, regulations governed by the US Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). OFAC administers US Government sanction programs and regulations pertaining to the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List). Please consult the US Department Treasury website for more information on US Government sanction programs and the SDN List atwww.ustreas.gov/offices/enforcement/ofac

    Special documentation is required for research projects located in the following countries where US Government sanctions are in place: Cuba, Iran, Myanmar (Burma), North Korea, Sudan and Syria. This documentation is not required at the stage of application, but must be submitted to the Foundation before grant funds are disbursed to successful applicants. (click here for more information)

  12. Do not send any other material, such as transcripts, letters of recommendation, computer disks, manuscripts, publications, photographs, or recordings to the Foundation in support of your application. This material will not be used in the review process and cannot be returned.

Click here to download the Application Procedures for the Dissertation Fieldwork Grant detailed on this website

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Application Deadlines and Decision Notification

  1. There are two application deadlines each year, May 1 and November 1. The May 1 deadline is for those applicants requesting funding starting in January through June of the following year. The November 1 deadline is for applicants requesting funding starting in July through December of the following year.
  2. Applications must be submitted using the Foundation's online application submission procedure by midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on the day of the deadline. In addition, five printed copies of the complete application must be postmarked by the application deadline and received by the Foundation no later than two weeks after the deadline or your application will not be reviewed. If it is not possible to submit your application online because of inadequate internet access in your country of origin, you must notify the Foundation at least one week before the deadline (applications@wennergren.org) to arrange to submit an application by conventional mail. Please note: application materials e-mailed or faxed to the Foundation will not be accepted.
  3. The Foundation operates a two-stage decision making process.
    • Stage One: Applications are screened against the General Criteria for Evaluation. All applicants will be notified as to whether or not they are successful at this stage, generally 3 months after the deadline. Approximately 50% of all applications are successful at this stage
    • Stage Two: Successful applications are sent to an external panel for academic review. Applicants will be notified within 6-8 months of the original application deadline. Approximately 33% of Stage Two applications are successful
  4. The Foundation requests that applicants not call or e-mail to inquire about the status of their application. The applicant will be contacted by the Foundation if any additional information is needed to process their application.


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1 comments:

Steve Jones on January 4, 2014 at 3:20 AM said...

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