The American Ethnological Society (AES) announces a small grant competition for students in their first or second year of a PhD program in anthropology or allied fields. This grant (maximum $2,000) is for exploratory dissertation field research. Ethnographic fieldwork may commence as soon as mid-May 2023 and must be completed by the end of September 2023.

All application materials must be submitted to our online Dissertation Research Grant portal by March 31, 2023, 5:00pm EST. Winners will be announced by mid-May 2023.

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To apply for thesis funding, please fill in the form.

Upload Proposal (Maximum two pages, 12-point font): The proposal must outline the significance of the project, the main research questions, the methods used to analyze the questions, and the potential impact of the project.

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Upload one page full summer research budget and indicate other funding sources if applicable.

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Post-Fieldwork Documentation: Grantees are encouraged to write a short reflective essay on their fieldwork and project findings for possible consideration for our online digital content. 2023 AES grantees who present their fieldwork at the spring 2024 AES meeting are eligible to receive $250 in travel support at attend.