CFP & FAQs FOR 2022

The American Ethnological Society (AES) announces a small grant competition for students who are in the first or second year of a PhD program in anthropology or allied fields. Projects that involve ethnographic field research and/or documentary research are eligible for consideration and may commence as early as May 2022 and should be completed by October 2022. Exploratory research, that is part of a planned dissertation project, is encouraged.

Send all application materials by April 4, 2022, 5:00pm EST. Winners will be announced in mid-May.

Please read the instructions and FAQs below before making inquiries about the application process or submitting an application.

Proposal Writing Instructions:

(1) 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.
(2) The proposal can be no more than two double-spaced pages in 12-point font, with one-inch margins and numbered pages.
(3) The first page should have a title that fits in one line.
(4) The list of references cited may be single-spaced but not more than one page.
(5) Include a curriculum vitae of no more than one page.
(6) Submit a budget of up to $2,500, which must indicate if other funding has been obtained or is anticipated (one page maximum).

Submission Instructions:

Applicants must email all documents, except the letter of support, in a single Word (not pdf) file.
The submission email must:

(1) State in the subject line the “APPLICANT’S LAST NAME + AES Grants Competition”.
(2) Specify in the body of the email the title of the project. The title must be short.
(3) Include an attached proposal in Word (not pdf):
a. The filename for the Word document must be as follows: LASTNAME FIRST INITIAL AES GRANTS 2022.
b. The Word document must have page breaks after the end of each section.

The application should be sent to . In addition to the above application, the applicant’s faculty advisor must send directly and separately a short letter certifying that the applicant is in the first or second year of their PhD program and that the project meets with the advisor’s approval. The advisor’s letter should be sent to The subject line for the letter of support must include: Applicant’s last name + Faculty Member’s last name and Letter.

Post-Fieldwork Documentation and Presentation (Optional): Grantees are encouraged to write a short reflective essay on the fieldwork or project findings to be considered for publication on the AES website. An additional $500 will be available to grantees who present their work at the 2023 AES annual meeting.

AES strongly encourages applications from graduate students from historically under-represented groups.