Resident Scholars

The deadline for Resident Scholar Fellowship applications is the first Monday in November each year.

Resident scholar fellowships are awarded annually by the School for Advanced Research (SAR) to four or five scholars who have completed their research and who need time to prepare manuscripts or dissertations 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. Scholars from the humanities and social sciences 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.

Resident Scholar fellowships are funded by the Weatherhead Foundation, the Katrin H. Lamon Endowment for Native American Art and Education, the Anne Ray Charitable Trust, and the Vera R. Campbell Foundation.

Applications are accepted through the first Monday in November to be considered for tenure beginning September 1 of the following year. Awards are announced in March.

Weatherhead Fellowships

Severin Fowles
Severin Fowles
Kelly Fayard
Kelly Fayard
Jason De León and his son, Ignacio
Jason De León and his son, Ignacio

Two nine-month residential fellowships are available for scholars working in the humanities or social sciences. Scholars with doctorates who plan to write their books and PhD candidates who plan to write their dissertations are eligible.

Katrin H. Lamon Fellowship

One nine-month residential fellowship is available for a Native scholar working in the humanities or the social sciences. Scholars with doctorates who plan to write their books and PhD candidates who plan to write their dissertations are eligible.

Anne Ray Fellowship

One nine-month residential fellowship is available for a Native scholar with a Master’s or PhD in the arts, humanities, or social sciences to work on his or her own writing or curatorial project. In addition, the scholar serves as a mentor to two interns (recent graduates or graduate students) working at the Indian Arts Research Center, and therefore must demonstrate a commitment to providing mentorship.

Campbell Fellowship—New Eligibility Criteria

One six- or nine-month residential fellowship is available for a female doctoral level scholar to write her book. The applicant’s research must both document the circumstances of women in the developing world and offer 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

For questions, please call (505) 954-7201 or email scholar[at]sarsf.org.