The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research established the Institutional Development Grant (IDG) program in 2008. The IDG is intended to strengthen (or to support the development of) anthropological doctoral programs in countries where the discipline is underrepresented. The grant provides $25,000 per year, is renewable for a maximum of five years (total support of $125,000), and may be used for any purpose to achieve the academic development goals of the applicant department. A minimum of one new award will be made each year and priority will be given to those applicant departments which have arranged strong partnership arrangements with other anthropological institutions that can help them achieve their development goals.
Since the program’s inauguration, four institutions have received IDG grants: The Central Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tribhuvan University, Nepal; The Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Mongolian National University; The Museo Antropologia, National University of Cordoba, Argentina, and The Anthropological Studies Program, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Philippines. All the institutions are combining an innovative program of staff, student, and program development.
The Institutional Development Grant has a two-stage application process; a preliminary inquiry followed by a full application. The deadline for the mandatory preliminary inquiry is May 15, 2011. The preliminary inquiry must be submitted on the preliminary inquiry form which can be downloaded from the Wenner-Gren website, http://www.wennergren.org/programs/institutional-development-grants. The deadline for those applicants invited to submit a full application is September 15, 2011. Awards will be announced in November 2011 for programs beginning in January 2012.
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