Resident Scholars

Resident scholar fellowships are awarded each year by the School for Advanced Research (SAR) to four or five scholars who have completed their research and who need time to prepare manuscripts on topics important to the understanding of humankind. Resident scholars may approach their research from the perspective of anthropology or from related fields such as history, sociology, art, and philosophy. Both humanistically and scientifically oriented scholars are encouraged to apply.

The resident scholar selection process is guided by the School’s longstanding commitment to support research that advances knowledge about human culture, evolution, history, and creative expression. SAR views its mission, its scholars, and its attractive campus environment as the connective tissue that supports the kinds of research that underlie its national reputation.

Competitive proposals have a strong empirical dimension, meaning that they address the facts of human life on the ground. They also situate the proposed research within a specific cultural or historical context and engage a broad scholarly literature. Applicants should make a convincing case for the intellectual significance of their projects and their potential contribution to a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

SAR’s beautiful campus nourishes the scholarly spirit, combining solitude and freedom from institutional responsibilities with a lively exchange of ideas. Resident scholars are provided with an office, low-cost housing, a stipend up to $40,000, library assistance, and other benefits. Books written by scholars may be considered for publication by SAR Press in its Resident Scholar Series. Most fellowships involve a nine-month tenure, from September 1 through May 31. Funding for these awards is provided by the Weatherhead Foundation, the Katrin H. Lamon Endowment for Native American Art and Education, the Anne Ray Charitable Trust, the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Vera R. Campbell Foundation.

Applications are due on November 1st of each year. Click here for application instructions and selection criteria.

Weatherhead Fellowships

Fibian Kavulani Lukalo
Fibian Kavulani Lukalo
Danika Medak-Saltzman
Danika Medak-Saltzman
Alex Blanchette
Alex Blanchette

One nine-month position is available for a pre- or postdoctoral scholar whose work is either humanistic or scientific in nature.

Katrin H. Lamon Fellowship

One nine-month position is open to a Native American scholar, either pre- or postdoctoral.

Anne Ray Fellowship

One fellowship is available for a Native scholar with a Master’s or PhD in the arts, humanities, or social sciences who has a commitment to providing mentorship to recent graduates or graduate students. In addition to working on his or her own writing or curatorial research project, the scholar serves as a mentor to two interns working at the Indian Arts Research Center.

Campbell Fellowship—New Eligibility Criteria

One six- or nine-month postdoctoral fellowship is available for a female scholar whose research both documents the circumstances of women in the developing world and offers paths to concrete, practical strategies for improving their health, prosperity, and general well-being.

We are no longer taking applications for the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship or the Luce Fellowships.

Access the Online Application System