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Department of Anthropology College of Arts and Sciences
One Discipline, Four Fields

External Funding Opportunities for Anthropologists


IU deadline

Program deadline

Brief description

American Psychological Foundation Visionary and Weiss Grants



Faculty or graduates—fairly wide range of supported topics / areas

Beinecke Scholarship

Submit via Honors College


Apply as UG junior via campus liaison Matthew R. Auer, Honors College

Boren Fellowship

Submit via OVPIA


Graduates apply via Paul Fogleman, OVPIA; national security focus, overseas and language study

Boren Scholarship

Submit via Overseas Studies


UGs apply via Katie Saur, Overseas Studies; national security focus, overseas and language study

Churchill Scholarship

Submit via


Must be between the ages of 19 and 26, hold a bachelor's or equivalent, not have attained PhD; apply via Paul Fogleman, OVPIA

EPA Star Fellowship


Not available at this time

Graduate study in social anthropology, environmental  focus

Fulbright Programs



For faculty and students, many programs for overseas research, teaching, or both

Ford Foundation Predoctoral  / Dissertation / Postdoctoral Fellowships for Minorities



Predoctoral: 12/14/17

Dissertation & postdoctoral: 12/7/17

Supplementary documents: 1/9/18

3 programs; supports UG, grad, and faculty research; must be a member of a designated minority group

Glenn Black Laboratory Summer Research Fellowships



For graduate students of IUB; send proposals digitally to April K. Sievert, Director, Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology April K. Sievert

Goldwater Scholarship

Submit via COAS

Early September to late January

UG support; Larry Singell is the IUB faculty representative

Indiana Academy of Science Senior Research Grant

3/1 and 9/15 Annually

3/1 and 9/15 Annually

Small grants for faculty or graduates pursuing scientific research

L.S.B. Leakey Foundation


January 10 and July 15

For faculty and grads; research into human origins

Marshall Scholarship


Early October

Finances American grads studying for a degree in the United Kingdom

Mazuri Exotic Animal Nutrition Grant



Faculty and graduates

Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources


September 2015

Archival research funding

Mellon / ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship



Supports dissertation completion writing/research.

Indiana University Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching and Collaboration (MIIRT)

September 14


Mellon Graduate Dissertation Fellowship. To provide funding for doctoral dissertation research for at least three months in a country or region outside the U.S. that is the focus of study.

Mitchell Scholarship



Finances 1 year postgraduate study in Ireland

NASA Graduate Student Research Fellowship


No fellowships available for 2014 or 2015

Internship at NASA for up to 3 years, Masters/ PhD, NASA-related STEM research

The Nacey Maggioncalda Foundation Grants for Researchers and Grants for Students


9/15/15 and 1/15/16 for researchers


11/15/15 for students

2 programs for faculty and 1 for grads; funds all aspects of primate research

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship


Opens Sept. 2015

For graduates; focused on bio- and behavioral science

National Institutes of Health



Several programs for faculty performing bioanthropological research, at all career stages

National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant

Program-specific deadlines

Program-specific deadlines

NSF Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Page
Cultural Anthropology DDRIG Jan. 15 & Aug. 15 annually
Biological Anthropology DDRIG
Archaeology DDRI
Linguistics DDRI

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship


Check website between August and November for 2015 deadlines

Must apply w/no more than 12 months TOTAL graduate study completed (including Masters); Della Cook and Andrea Wiley are contacts in Anthropology

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship


Contact local Rotary Club for info

Graduate recipients must perform as goodwill ambassadors; supports academic study abroad

Charlotte W. Newcomb Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship



Supports the research of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. 




Many grants and fellowships for faculty and students

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research

3/2 and 10/2 annually

3/15 and 10/15 annually

Small grants for graduates pursuing scientific research

Sloan Research Fellowship



For early-career faculty; must be nominated by dept. chair or other senior faculty; focus on science, technology and economics

SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship



Dissertation research in social sciences and humanities

Soros Fellowship for New Americans



New graduates who are US permanent residents or naturalized citizens if born abroad; otherwise children of naturalized citizen parents

Spencer Foundation Dissertation / Postdoctoral Fellowships


11/5/15 for postdoc, 10/1/15 for dissertation

For dissertation or postdoctoral  research involving education

Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant

9/15 annually

10/1 annually

For pre-doctoral research in Latin America

Tinker Foundation Institutional Grant

2/15 and 9/1 annually

3/1 and 9/15 annually

For faculty researching Latin American  democratic governance, education, sustainable resource management, or US policy toward Latin America

Wenner Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grants

4/15 and 10/15 annually

5/1 and 11/1 annually

All aspects of anthropological research

Other Wenner-Gren programs

2 weeks before agency deadline


Faculty / postdoctoral programs for research, conferences, writing, and collaboration