1 November 2020


united states of America 

(Partially Funded)


Dissertation Fieldwork Grants 

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 sub-field. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more sub-fields.

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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 and November 1. Final decisions are made six months later.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Anthropological Research

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

There is no time limit on the duration of the grant.

The November 1 deadline is for applicants requesting funding starting in July through December of the following year

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled for a doctoral degree.
  • The application must be made jointly with a dissertation supervisor or other scholar who will undertake responsibility for supervising the project.
  • Qualified doctoral students are eligible without regard to nationality or institutional or departmental affiliation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Applicants who already hold a doctorate irrespective of the field are not eligible to apply for a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant leading to a second doctorate.

Check: Important Information for Research Projects Based in Iran and Syria

Opportunity Cost

(Partially Funded)

  • The maximum amount of the Dissertation Fieldwork Grant is the US $20,000.

How to Apply

First Step: 

  • you must use the official application offered through Survey Monkey Apply
  • Survey Monkey Apply requires you to create a user account by supplying and verifying an email that will serve as your primary means of contact. Once you have a user account, you can begin the online application process

Second Step:

Eligibility Quiz: You must complete an Eligibility Quiz to determine if you have met all the pre-requisites to apply: 1) for funding under the program; and 2) for the particular funding season

Third Step:

Once your eligibility is verified, the system will assign you four tasks:

  • A Dissertation Fieldwork Grant Application Form to fill out and submit. (Please see Application Procedures page for instructions.)

The application asks for the following:

  1. General information about yourself, your supervisor, and the project
  2. 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.
  3. Answers to five project description questions. Carefully prepare your responses, which should directly address the issues these questions raise. The best applications make full use of the space provided.
  4. A resubmission statement if the current application is a resubmission of a previously declined application.
  5. A detailed budget
  6. A bibliography relevant to your proposed project
  7. A curriculum vitae for the applicant and for the supervisor


Please do not submit copies of research permits and permissions at the application stage. If your application is successful, the Foundation will request copies of the relevant documents when we notify you of your award. The Foundation will not release grant funds to a grantee until we have received copies of all relevant permits. In your application, we will ask you to list the permit(s) required for the proposed project and the estimated date(s) by which you expect to secure them

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This Scholarship Published by:
Salma tarek aboamra/ Egypt

Reviewed by” Reem Wally/ Egypt
MARJ3 Fellow
MARJ3 Scholarships Team