Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences
Cultural Anthropology Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
Important Information for Proposers
A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is
effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending
on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this
Full Proposal Target Date: August 15, 2016
August 15, Annually Thereafter
Full Proposal Target Date: January 17, 2017
January 15, Annually Thereafter
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.
Anthropological research spans a wide gamut, and contemporary cultural anthropology is an arena in which diverse research traditions and methodologies are valid. 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. 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. A proposal that uses anthropological methods to understand a social problem but does not propose to make a theory-testing and/or theory expanding contribution to anthropology will be returned without review.
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 drivers of health outcomes and disease transmission
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, multi-level models, and modes that integrate agent-based simulations and geographic information systems (GIS)
As part of its effort to encourage and support projects that explicitly integrate education and basic research, CA provides support to enhance and improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation projects designed and carried out by doctoral students enrolled in U.S. universities who are conducting scientific research that enhances basic scientific knowledge.
This program provides educational opportunities for
Individuals interested in applying for funding should see the program guidelines above.
Cultural Anthropology Scholars Awards
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What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)
Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program