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SAR advances understanding of humanity through a unique alchemy of creative practice and scholarly research in Native American arts, anthropology, and related disciplines.


To be a nexus of scholars and artists, creative thinkers and curious learners, where we exchange ideas, bring life to history, explore the present, and broaden perspectives in pursuit of a more informed and equitable society.


RESEARCH—We support leading-edge research in anthropology and related disciplines through our resident scholar program, academic seminars, and SAR Press.

NATIVE AMERICAN ARTS—We offer resident fellowships to Native American artists and, working collaboratively with descendant communities, steward one of the nation’s finest collections of Native American art from the Southwest at the Indian Arts Research Center.

PUBLIC EDUCATION—We provide our members and the public with access to informed discussions on topics of broad social concern through lectures, salons, classes, artist studio talks, scholar colloquia, and field trips. Join SAR.




We celebrate human cultural diversity, pursue equity, and offer a safe and inclusive environment, knowing that diverse voices and perspectives contribute to a more informed and just world.




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, gender, or sexual orientation.




The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is located on traditional lands of the Tewa people, O’gah’poh geh Owingeh (White Shell Water Place), or Santa Fe, New Mexico. Surrounding our campus are the landscapes of Pueblo, Apache and Navajo communities, whose people continue to maintain vital connections to this place. As an institution privileged to steward Indigenous cultural material and committed to uplifting Indigenous voices, we strive to maintain respectful and mutually beneficial relationships with these communities. We not only honor the ancestral stewards of this land but celebrate their past, present, and future.