Winthrop University: Grants and Sponsored Research Development - Private Sponsors Sociology Criminology Anthropology

Private Sponsors Sociology Criminology and Anthropology


American Sociological Association

Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline- FAD ($8,000)

  • Deadlines: June 15 and December 15
  • Nurtures the development of scientific knowledge by funding small, groundbreaking research initiatives and other important scientific research activities such as conferences
  • Provides scholars with "seed money" for innovative research that has the potential for challenging the discipline, stimulating new lines of research, and creating new networks of scientific collaboration
  • Provides opportunities for substantive and methodological breakthroughs, broaden the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and provide leverage for acquisition of additional research funds
  • Award money may not be used for ASA convention expenses, honoraria, or PI's salary, which includes buying out of courses. The most frequent use of FAD money is to fund research assistants.

Nicole V. Amaya
FAD Program Manager
202/383-9005 - Ext. 313

Margaret Weigers Vitullo
FAD Program Director
202/383-9005 - Ext. 323

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Archaeological Institute of America

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants are open to members


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Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

  • Project Grants ($3,000—$10,000)
  • Funds scholarly projects in Byzantine Studies, Pre-Columbian Studies, and Garden and Landscape Studies
  • Support is generally for archeological investigation, as well as for the recovery, recording, and analysis of materials that would otherwise be lost
  • Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • non-destructive investigation, excavation, and/or on-site study of a (Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, Garden) site or component of one
    • surveying or photographing monuments and objects that are at risk (e.g., architecture, gardens, paintings, mosaics, and sculptures in situ), as well as objects that have already been collected but are largely unrecorded and endangered


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Leakey Foundation

Research Grant

  • Exclusively funds research related specifically to human origins
  • Funds awarded up to $25,000


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Society for Industrial Archeology

Industrial Heritage Preservation Grants ($1,000 to $3,000)

  • Supports the study, documentation, recordation, and/or preservation of significant historic industrial sites, structures, and objects
  • Funds may be used for a range of projects including, but not limited to: increasing public awareness of preservation efforts, photography, videography, preparing inventories and developing measured drawings of extant significant industrial sites, structures, maritime facilities and industrial artifacts


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Spencer Foundation

Small Research Grant in Education

  • Field-Initiated (fall under the Foundation's general mission of funding research on education, but don't appear to fit in one of the areas mentioned below)
  • Relation between Education and Social Opportunity
  • Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Resources
  • The New Civics
  • Organizational Learning in Schools, School Systems, and Higher Education Systems
  • Purposes and Values of Education


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Wenner-Gren Foundation

  • Post-Ph.D. Research Grants ($20,000) are awarded to individuals holding a Ph.D. or equivalent degree to support individual research projects. Applicants must be engaged in research that contributes to anthropological knowledge. Applicants of any nationality or country of residence may apply.
  • Engaged Anthropology Grant ($5,000) is designed to enable grantees to return to their research locale to share their research results. Only individuals who have received and completed a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant or a Post-Ph.D. Research Grant are eligible to apply for this grant.
  • Fejos Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ethnographic Film ($40,000) towards the completion of an ethnographic film that is based on anthropological research already accomplished by the applicant. The fellowship is awarded to scholars who are within ten years of the receipt of their Ph.D. and supports them early in their career when they frequently lack the time and resources for film production.
  • Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships ($40,000) funds the writing-up of already completed research. The fellowship is awarded to scholars who are within ten years of the receipt of their Ph.D. and supports them early in their career when they frequently lack the time and resources to publish.
  • Conference and Workshop Grants ($20,000) are given to events that foster the creation of an international community of research scholars in anthropology and advance significant and innovative anthropological research.


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Last Updated: 1/12/23