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Center for Communal Studies Research Travel Grant @ Center for Communal Studies, University of Southern Indiana
May 1 all-day

Research Travel Grant

The Center for Communal Studies at the University of Southern Indiana annually invites applications for a Research Travel Grant to fund research at the Communal Studies Collection at USI’s David L. Rice Library. The Communal Studies Collection’s rich archival materials hold information on over 600 historic and contemporary communal societies, utopias and intentional communities. A complete listing of communities can be found on the Rice Library website. Strengths include materials on the Harmonists and Owenites who settled nearby New Harmony, Indiana, but the breadth of the collections covers American communalism more broadly. Applicants may be graduate students or established scholars in the United States or abroad from any discipline that involves the study of communalism (such as history, English, anthropology, economics, sociology, etc.). The grant will fund research up to $2,000 to be used by June 30 of the subsequent year. All applications must include a letter detailing the project and its significance to communal studies, a proposed budget and a vita. Applications are due annually by 1 May. The winner of this Research Travel Grant is announced annually in June 2017.

Submissions from USI students and faculty are welcome. Click here to visit our website.


Please send materials as email attachments to Casey Harison at

Institutional Development Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation
May 15 all-day

Institutional Development Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation 

The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research established the Institutional Development Grant (IDG) program in 2008. The IDG is intended to strengthen (or to support the development of) anthropological doctoral programs in countries where the discipline is underrepresented. The grant provides $25,000 per year, is renewable for a maximum of five years (total support of $125,000), and may be used for any purpose to achieve the academic development goals of the applicant department. A minimum of one new award will be made each year, and applicant departments are expected to have developed strong partnership arrangements with other anthropological institutions that can help them achieve their development goals.

Since the program’s inauguration, ten institutions have received IDG grants: The Central Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tribhuvan University, Nepal; The Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Mongolian National University; The Museo Antropologia, National University of Cordoba, Argentina; The Anthropological Studies Program, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Philippines; The Department of Anthropology, Vietnam, National University, Hanoi, Vietnam; The Department of Social Anthropology, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; The Faculté d’Ethnologie at Université d’Etat d’Haiti, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti; The Baltic States – University of Latvia, Riga Stradins University (Latvia), University of Tallinn (Estonia)  and Vytautus Magnus University (Lithuania); the Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire /University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, Senegal, and The College Of Language And Culture Studies, Royal University Of Bhutan, Taktse, Trongsa, Bhutan.

The Institutional Development Grant has a two-stage application process: the submission of a preliminary inquiry, followed by the submission of a full application. The deadline for the mandatory preliminary inquiry is May 15, 2016. The preliminary inquiry must be submitted using the preliminary inquiry form, which can be downloaded from the Wenner-Gren website, at The deadline for those applicants invited to submit a full application is September 15, 2017. Awards will be announced in November 2017 for programs beginning in January 2018.

Wenner-Gren Foundation

470 Park Avenue South, 8th Floor

New York, NY  10016  USA

Tel (212) 683-5000

Fax (212) 532-1492

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