NSF Cultural Anthropology Program Grants

The primary objective of the Cultural Anthropology Program is to support basic scientific research on the causes, consequences, and complexities of human social and cultural variability. Full Proposal Target Dates: January 16, 2018 for Scholars proposals (January 16 annually thereafter) and January 15, 2018 for Senior Research or Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant proposals (January 15 annually thereafter); and August 16, 2018 for Scholars proposals (August 16 annually thereafter) and August 15, 2018 for Senior Research or Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant proposals (August 15 annually thereafter).

Recognizing the breadth of the field’s contributions to science, the Cultural Anthropology Program welcomes proposals for empirically grounded, theoretically engaged, and methodologically sophisticated research in all sub-fields of cultural anthropology. 

The Cultural Anthropology Program supports a broad portfolio of research by both senior scholars and by graduate students. Anthropological research spans a wide gamut, and contemporary cultural anthropology is an arena in which diverse research traditions and methodologies are valid.

Because the National Science Foundation’s mandate is to support basic research, the NSF Cultural Anthropology Program does not fund research that takes as its primary goal improved clinical practice or applied policy. Program research priorities include, but are not limited to, research that increases our understanding of:

  • Socio-cultural drivers of critical anthropogenic processes such as deforestation, desertification, land cover change, urbanization, and poverty
  • Resilience and robustness of socio-cultural systems
  • Conflict, cooperation, and altruism
  • Economy, culture, migration, and globalization
  • Variability and change in kinship and family norms and practices
  • Cultural and social contexts of health and disease
  • Social regulation, governmentality, and violence
  • Origins of complexity in socio-cultural systems
  • Language and culture: orality and literacy, sociolinguistics, and cognition
  • Human variation through empirically grounded ethnographic descriptions
  • Mathematical and computational models of sociocultural systems such as social network analysis, agent-based models, and integration of agent-based models with geographic information systems (GIS)

For more information, visit the NSF Cultural Anthropology Program.