Resident Scholar Application

Selection Criteria

Fellowships are awarded competitively based on evaluations by a specially convened panel of external reviewers who represent a broad spectrum of intellectual expertise. Composition of the panel changes each year. Applications are evaluated on the basis of the overall excellence and significance of the proposed project, clarity of presentation, and the applicant’s academic accomplishments relative to subdiscipline and career stage. The program supports scholars whose work is broad, synthetic, and interdisciplinary and promises to yield significant advances in understanding human culture, behavior, evolution, or critical contemporary issues. Projects that are narrowly focused geographically and theoretically or that are primarily methodological seldom receive strong consideration. Each year the program supports a mix of scholars with scientific and humanistic orientations.

Preference is given to applicants whose research and analysis are complete and who need time to prepare manuscripts. Applicants for postdoctoral fellowships must have their PhD in hand at time of application. Immediate dissertation rewrites are not encouraged.

Applications must be received by November 1 to be considered for tenure beginning September 1 of the following year. Awards are announced in March.

All Applications Must Include

  • An account on the online application system.
  • An abstract, not to exceed 150 words, describing the purpose, goals, and objectives of the project.
  • A proposal, no more than four double-spaced pages in length. The proposal should describe what is to be accomplished during the fellowship year, the status of the applicant’s research on the topic, and the significance of the work.
  • A short bibliography, not to exceed one single-spaced page, of references cited in the proposal.
  • A curriculum vitae, not to exceed four single-spaced pages.

For all applicants:

  • Three letters of recommendation, not to exceed two pages in length each. Letters must be requested and submitted through the online application process and uploaded by November 1. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that references send their letters on time. Additional reference checks may be conducted for finalists.

The Following Are Required for Specific Fellowships:

For Lamon and Anne Ray applicants:

  • A brief statement of tribal affiliation.

For Anne Ray applicants:

  • A statement identifying experience and interest in serving as mentor, not to exceed three double-spaced pages.

For predoctoral applicants:

  • A brief letter of nomination from the applicant’s degreegranting department, written by the department chair. This letter must be requested and submitted through the online application process and is in addition to the three required for all applicants, as described above. A department may recommend only one nominee per year. Nominees must have completed all requirements, except for the dissertation, by November 1.

Abstracts and proposals must be double-spaced in at least 12-point type with at least 1-inch margins on all sides.

All application materials must be submitted through the online application system. E-mailed, mailed, or faxed application materials, including letters of recommendation, will not be accepted. Supplementary materials will not be considered. In fairness to all applicants, we do not grant on- or off-campus interviews.

The completed application must be submitted by November 1. Only fully completed applications that adhere to SAR’s guidelines and deadlines will be considered.

For further information, contact the Director of Scholar Programs at scholar[at]