Dissertation Fieldwork Grants are awarded to aid doctoral or thesis research. The program contributes to the Foundation's overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity's cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields.
The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented students conducting dissertation research related to education.
Melissa Harris-Perry (2001–02) is a professor at Tulane University, a columnist for the Nation , author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America , and former host of The Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC. Kimberly Ennico-Smith Kimberly Ennico-Smith (1997-98) is a staff scientist with NASA working in Space Science and Astrophysics at the Ames research center in California. She served as deputy project scientist for NASA’s New Horizons Mission , the historic project responsible for capturing unprecedented photos of Pluto. Vanzetta Penn McPherson Vanezetta Penn McPherson (1973-74) grew up in the South, during a time that “produced some of the most significant social innovations.” Influenced by civil rights leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, Penn McPherson used her fellowship to study at Columbia Law School. She went on to fight for the rights of minorities and women in her private practice and as a United States magistrate judge for the Middle District of Alabama until she retired in 2006. In what the HistoryMakers , an oral archive of African American history, calls “one of [her] most notable rulings,” McPherson ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in a promotion discrimination case brought by women teaching in Alabama colleges. And more Several American Fellows served as college or university presidents, including Rhoda M. Dorsey (1953–54) at Goucher College, Hanna Holborn Gray (1954–55) at the University of Chicago, Mary Maples Dunn (1957–58) at Smith College, and Nannerl O. Keohane (1966–67) at Duke University.