Mission

Dr. Polly Schaafsma guiding an SAR field tripDr. Polly Schaafsma guiding an SAR field tripArchaeologist Dr. Polly Schaafsma, expert in Southwestern rock art, guiding an SAR field trip to Comanche Gap in the Galisteo BasinDr. Polly Schaafsma guiding an SAR field tripArchaeologist Dr. Polly Schaafsma, expert in Southwestern rock art, guiding an SAR field trip to Comanche Gap in the Galisteo BasinSince 1907, SAR has supported comparative research on human prehistory and multiple dimensions of human social life, ranging from how people make a living in difficult environments to how they create meaning through language, ritual, and art. For the last half-century, it has also nurtured the work of Native American artists by offering residential fellowships to working artists and providing access to one of the world’s best research collections of indigenous art from the American Southwest.

SAR’s campus, on Santa Fe’s historic East Side, is an intellectual crossroads where interpretations of human behavior and values are debated vigorously and with respectful attention to cultural difference.

SAR’s mission is advanced through five core programs:

Advanced seminars—Intensive explorations of specific themes by small groups of academic experts who spend several days on the SAR campus.

Scholar and artist residencies—Residential fellowships of varying lengths that allow visitors to complete projects that peer reviewers have judged to be original and potentially transformative in such fields as anthropology, Native American studies, and the visual arts.

SAR Press—An academic publisher that currently has 168 titles in print. The offerings of SAR Press focus primarily on topics in anthropology, archaeology, history, indigenous studies, and Native American art.

Indian Arts Research Center—A collection of approximately 12,000 pieces of Southwestern Indian art, including pottery, textiles, baskets, jewelry, and paintings. The collection is available for use by scholars and Native artists.

Membership services—A constantly updated calendar of lectures, informal talks, artist demonstrations, and fieldtrips for SAR members and the general public.

The School for Advanced Research is deeply committed to the long-standing principle of academic freedom and will continue to accept applications from scholars world-wide for our fellowships and seminars. In addition, we are committed to the principle of peer review of all applications without regard to nationality, religion, race, sexual orientation, or other discriminating biases.