Summer Scholars

Summer scholar fellowships are awarded to five or six scholars in anthropology and related fields to pursue research or writing projects that promote understanding of human behavior, culture, society, and the history of anthropology. Both humanistically- and scientifically-oriented scholars are encouraged to apply.

The summer scholar selection process is guided by the School’s longstanding commitment to support humanities and social sciences research that advances knowledge about human culture, evolution, history, and creative expression. As one of the premier anthropological think tanks in the US, we view SAR’s mission, its scholars, and its wondrous campus environment as “the connective tissue” that supports the kinds of research and collaborative thinking that are the foundations of our reputation. Strongly competitive proposals situate the project within a meaningful cultural and historical context and engage a broad and interdisciplinary relevant literature. Research questions and goals should clearly align with methodologies and stated outcomes and proposals should make a strong case for the intellectual and social significance of the project.

Summer scholars are provided with a small stipend, a rent-free apartment and office on campus, an allowance account, library support, and other benefits during a seven-week session, from June 17–August 7. Shorter terms are available.

The Summer Scholar Program is funded by the Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Foundation, the William Y. and Nettie K. Adams Fellowship in the History of Anthropology, the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, the Arroyo Hondo Grants Program, and the School for Advanced Research.

Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Fellowship

Up to three fellowships are available each summer for scholars in the social sciences, humanities, or arts.

William Y. and Nettie K. Adams Fellowship in the History of Anthropology

One summer scholar fellowship is available to a scholar, either pre- or post-doctoral, whose proposed work focuses on the history of anthropology.

Cotsen Fellowship in Archaeology

One summer scholar fellowship is available to a pre- or post-doctoral archaeologist.

How to Apply

The application must be completed online. Online applications will be accepted from November 8 through December 15, 2013.

For all applicants, the following supporting documents must be uploaded online:

  • An abstract, not to exceed 150 words, describing the purpose, goals, and objectives of the project.
  • A proposal, no more than 4 double-spaced pages in length. The proposal should describe what is to be accomplished during the summer session, the status of the applicant's research on the topic, and the significance of the work.
  • A short bibliography, not to exceed 1 page, of references cited in proposal.
  • A curriculum vitae, not to exceed 4 single-spaced pages.
  • Names and contact information for three references. There is no need to submit letters of recommendation with the application; SAR will contact references if needed.

For more information, please call (505) 954-7201 or email scholar[at]

Access the Online Application System