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Programs at SAR

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) supports advanced scholarship and creativity in the social sciences, the humanities, and Native American art. Since 1907, SAR has supported innovative programs that expand our knowledge of human nature, culture, and creativity.

Native Artists

Through the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC), SAR offers artist-in-residence fellowships for Native Americans. These fellowships provide opportunities for artists of all mediums to dedicate time to explore new avenues of creativity or strengthen their existing talents.

Indigenous Writer-in-Residence

The School for Advanced Research (SAR), with the generous support of the Lannan Foundation, offers one Indigenous Writer-in-Residence fellowship annually. The purpose of this fellowship is to advance the work of an indigenous writer pursuing their creative project while enabling them to interact with local scholarly, artist, and Native communities.


Through its Resident Scholar and Summer Scholar programs, SAR awards up to 14 residential fellowships each year to scholars in the social sciences, arts, and humanities who need time to think and write.


Seminars at SAR promote in-depth communication among scholars who are at a critical stage of research on a shared topic and whose interaction has the potential to create new insights on human evolution, behavior, culture, and creative expression.


SAR annually presents the J. I. Staley Prize to a living author for a book that exemplifies outstanding scholarship and writing in anthropology, and the Linda S. Cordell Prize every other year to a living author for a book in archaeology or anthropological archaeology that best exemplifies excellence in writing and significantly advances archaeological method, theory, or interpretation.


Innovative internship programs at SAR’s Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) support Native American undergraduates, graduate students, and junior museum professionals in developing strong backgrounds in academia and museum work.

Native Community

The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) offers several no-cost programs open to tribal community groups, individual artists, tribal elders, senior citizen programs, and local Indian Schools who wish to visit the collections.


SAR sponsors symposiums on topics of particular importance and interest to students, teachers, artists, scholars, and the general public. These are often arranged in collaboration with like-minded organizations in the Santa Fe area.

Volunteers and Docents

Volunteers are the lifeblood of an institution such as SAR. Over the last several years, volunteers have generously given innumerable hours of their time to support the mission of SAR.

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