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Grants and Fellowships

This section provides anthropology graduate (and, in some cases undergraduate students) with information on grants and fellowships at a variety of stages during a graduate academic career. The resources provided below direct students to common grant and fellowship sponsoring organizations at Stanford University and at organizations external to Stanford University. Additional grants and fellowship can be found using various funding search engines, including: 

Stanford also offers several funding resources to assist with cost of living, childcare, medical expenses, and other emergencies. For more information, see:

Area and Language Training

Below are programs that offer funding support for area and language training.

Intense Language Program URLWinterInternal through H&S Dean's Office
Critical Language Scholarship ProgramURLNovemberExternal
America Indian Institute of Indian StudiesURLJanuaryExternal
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) 

- Dept. of Education
- African Studies 

(see sponsoring academic institution specific information)External/Internal
ICA Division of International Comparative & Area Studies (Funding Support for Students)URLVariousInternal


Graduate Training (pre- and post- doc)

The funding opportunities listed below, are structured to provide financial support for Graduate students at the early stages of their graduate studies. Grants and fellowships awards can be given for one or more years. 

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship URL


(this extramural funding application may submitted before submission of a graduate admission application to a Ph.D. degree program)

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans



November External
Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships


November External
Wenner-Gren: The Wadsworth African Fellowships



December External
Wenner-Gren: Wadsworth International Fellowships



March External
Center for South Asia Fellowships URL April Internal
Explorers Club URL November External
Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program URL


(this intramural Scholars Program application must be submitted before submission of a graduate admissions application to a Ph.D. degree program)

Foreign Language and Area Studies grants URL n/a Internal


Dissertation Research

These research grants and fellowships are designed to fund Ph.D. students conducting approved dissertation research usually in the fourth year and beyond.

National Science Foundation - Cultural Anthropology programURLJanuary and AugustExternal
National Science Foundation - Archaeology programURLNo deadlineExternal
National Sciences Foundation - Law and Social Sciences programURLJanuaryExternal
Wenner-Gren Foundation, Dissertation Fieldwork GrantsURLNovember and MayExternal
Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Dissertation Innovation Fellowship Program URLOctoberExternal
Fulbright-HaysURL n/aInternal
Fullbright GrantsURL n/aInternal
Ford FoundationURLNovemberExternal
Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE) Diversity Dissertation Research opportunity Fund (DDRO)URLNovember and AprilInternal
Graduate Research Opportunities (GRO)URLWinterInternal
Smithsonian Institution Fellowship ProgramURLJanuaryExternal
Smithsonian Institution Latino Studies Fellowship ProgramURLJanuaryExternal
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Doctoral Scholarships, and SSHRC Doctoral FellowshipsURLJanuaryExternal
Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE) Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF)URLJanuary and MarchInternal
Susan Ford Dorsey Fellowship for Field Research in AfricaURLJulyExternal
American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Research FellowshipURLJulyExternal
Leakey FoundationURLJanuary and JulyExternal
Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation Fellowship Program for Environmental GrantsURLJanuaryExternal
Center for East Asian Studies FellowshipsURLFebruaryInternal
American Institute of Maghrib StudiesURLJanuaryInternal
King Center on Global Development, Graduate Student Research FundingURLLate October and Early March each academic yearInternal


Dissertation Writing

These funding opportunities provide dissertation writers with financial support for one year facilitating dissertation completion and are usually available to post-field Ph.D. student researchers in the fifth year and beyond.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Early Career FellowshipsURLApprox. mid- to late OctoberExternal
Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation FellowshipURLApprox. mid-NovemberExternal
The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, Emerging ScholarsURLApprox. early FebruaryExternal
Peace Institute, Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship ProgramURLApprox. mid-DecemberExternal
Stanford Humanities Center Graduate FellowshipsURLApprox. early to mid-JanuaryInternal
Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity Teaching Fellows, Dissertation Fellowships, and Technology and Racial Equality FellowshipsURLn/aInternal
O'Bie Shultz Dissertation Completion Grant Canadian StudiesURLn/aInternal
Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law’s Pre-Doctoral FellowshipURLApprox. SeptemberInternal
Center for International Security and Cooperation’s Pre-Doctoral FellowshipsURLn/aInternal
Center for Philanthropy and Civil SocietyURLApprox. mid-MayInternal
IRISS Dissertation FellowshipsURLApprox. mid-FebruaryInternal
Bill Lane Center for the American West - Thomas D. Dee II Graduate FellowshipURLApprox. late AprilInternal
Program in History and Philosophy of Science - Lane Dissertation Fellowship in History of Science and Allied FieldsURLApprox. mid-AprilInternal
Federal Work StudyURLCall circulated by SoHS for Financial Aid Office in early Spring QuarterInternal