From an e-release circulated by the Jacobs Fund (if following this link, go to the bottom of the linked page) folks at the Whatcom Museum. The Jacobs Fund has long been a valued source of support for ethnographic and linguistic projects in Native North America. It is wonderful news that Professor Kinkade’s estate has allowed the program to expand so wonderfully. Note that, in the spirit of its namesake Melville Jacobs, the fund supports work on expressive culture, as well as language and social organization. This is outstanding news.

The Jacobs Research Fund of the Whatcom Museum is pleased to announce that, due to a generous bequest from the late Professor M. Dale Kinkade, the amounts and types of annual awards have been changed. There are now three categories of grants: Individual Grants ($3000 USD maximum), Group Grants ($6000 USD maximum), and Kindade Grants ($9000 USD maximum). Kinkade Grants can be used to support projects requiring an extended period of fieldwork, including dissertation research.

Since its inception, the Jacobs Fund has supported anthropological and linguistic research on the indigenous peoples of North America (Canada, Mexico, and the mainland United States, including Alaska) with a focus on the Pacific Northwest. Funds are awarded for work on problems in culture, social organization, and language. The Fund particularly encourages research on endangered languages and all aspects of expressive culture.

The deadline for application is February 15, 2007. Applications can now be submitted electronically. For more information, including application forms and guidelines, see the Whatcom Museum website:, or contact Ms. Amy Geise, Jacobs Fund, Whatcom Museum, 121 Prospect St, Bellingham, WA 98225, telephone: 360-676-6981, e-mail:

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