The Fund awards grants to the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland to support their Fellowships in Urgent Anthropology.

An inaugural five-year program (extended for a sixth year) of Fellowships was set up by the RAI in association with Goldsmiths’ College, part of the University of London, which is the largest center for anthropological research in the United Kingdom. The heads of Goldsmiths’ anthropology department agreed to maintain their interest and involvement in the program and give advice where appropriate.

In 2001 the RAI entered into an agreement with the University of Durham to continue this program of Fellowships and they hosted the programme until 2006. It is testimony to the importance the University set on the program that in financially very straitened times they had found the funds to cover their contribution over this period.

The new host for the Urgent anthropology programme, for the next 3 years 2007-2010, will be the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Applicants are invited to submit budgeted projects costed at up to £23,500, to last approximately eighteen months, with a minimum of one year and maximum of two years, this period to include field research and writing up. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute actively to the research activities of the Department and to reside for the main part in Canterbury when writing up. He/she will also be expected to publish the results of the research. The closing date for receiving applications is 1 March of each year.

The selection of RAI Fellows is made by a panel from the University of Kent at Canterbury. Academic oversight of the projects is provided by the senior members of the anthropology department. There is an RAI oversight committee on the Urgent Fellowships.

Fellowships are awarded without discrimination of ethnic or national origin, or residence, etc.

All monies contributed to the Fund are spent on research with the Fund and the Royal Anthropological Institute taking no charge for administrative services.

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Last modified: 28 Aug 07