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Scholar Programs Application Portal

The selection process for all fellowships and seminars 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.

Access the SAR Online Application system:

Resident Scholar Application Information

How to Apply

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.

Online applications will be accepted from September 1 through the first Monday in November each year. Only fully completed applications that adhere to SAR’s guidelines and deadlines will be considered.

All proposal components should be in 12-point type with at least 1-inch margins on all sides. Applicants must create an account on the online application system before materials can be uploaded for submission.

All applications must include:

  • An abstract, not to exceed 150 words, describing the purpose and goals of the project.
  • A proposal, no more than four double-spaced pages in length, describing the research project, key questions to be addressed, methodologies, and significance. The proposal should also explain what is to be accomplished during the fellowship year and the status of the applicant’s research on the topic.
  • 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.
  • 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 the application deadline. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that references send their letters on time. Additional reference checks may be conducted for finalists.

Additional Requirements for Specific Fellowships:

For Lamon and Anne Ray applicants:
• A brief statement of tribal affiliation.
For Anne Ray applicants:
• A statement describing 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 degree granting department, written by the department chair certifying that the applicant:

(a) Is the department’s designated nominee
(b) Is in good academic standing
(c) Has completed all PhD requirements except completion of the dissertation

The letter should confirm that the candidate has completed data collection and analysis and is ready to focus on writing. 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 the application deadline.

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.

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 social science and humanities oriented scholars.

Preference is given to applicants whose research and analysis are complete and who need time to prepare manuscripts or dissertations. Applicants for doctoral level fellowships must have their PhD in hand at time of application.

Applications are evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Proposal Presentation: Proposals should explain the research topic, key questions to be addressed, and methodologies in a clear and organized manner. Competitive proposals are jargon free.
  • Significance of Project: Proposals should make a strong case for the intellectual significance of the project. How is the research exciting, innovative, and important in a broad anthropological and humanistic perspective?
  • Appropriateness for SAR: The proposed project should clearly align with SAR’s Mission.
  • Quality of Research: Research questions and goals should clearly align with the project’s methodologies and stated outcomes. Expected results should be realistic and achievable and the project should be professionally responsible.
  • Project Completion Timeline: Data collection for the project should be completed before the fellowship begins so the scholar can reasonably complete his or her writing project within the fellowship term or within one to two years after the fellowship ends.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation should be highly enthusiastic and thoughtfully written, with sufficient detail to illustrate why the candidate is outstanding.
  • Publication Record: The applicant’s publication record should be strong relative to his or her discipline and career stage. Competitive applicants are those who have published in well-known, prestigious journals in their field and/or with highly regarded book publishers.

For questions, please call (505) 954-7237 or email scholar@sarsf.org.

Advanced Seminar Application Information

How to Apply

All application materials must be submitted through the online application system. Only fully completed applications that adhere to SAR’s guidelines and deadlines will be considered. The completed application must be submitted by February 1.

The proposal should explain:

  • The topic of the seminar and key questions to be addressed
  • How the topic is of broad importance to anthropology and/or disciplines outside of anthropology
  • Why a seminar is necessary in order to address the topic
  • Why a seminar is needed now
  • Who the participants in the seminar might be, what each would contribute, and the likelihood that each would participate
  • The expected results of the seminar

SAR encourages seminar organizers to include scholars representing a mix of perspectives—including different fields within anthropology and other disciplines outside of anthropology—and to consider the ethnic and gender balance of the group. Inclusion of a discussant as one of the participants is encouraged.

The application must include:

  • Abstract, of no more than 150 words
  • Proposal, not to exceed six double-spaced pages, addressing the criteria listed above
  • Short bibliography, not to exceed one single-spaced page, of references cited in the proposal
  • Curriculum vitae, not to exceed four single-spaced pages, for the seminar chair(s) only

Selection Criteria

Seminars are awarded competitively based on evaluations by a specially convened panel of reviewers who represent a broad spectrum of intellectual expertise.

Applications are evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Proposal Presentation: Proposals should explain the research topic, key questions to be addressed, and methodologies in a clear and organized manner. Competitive proposals are jargon free.
  • Significance of Seminar: Proposals should make a strong case for the intellectual significance of the seminar. How is the research exciting, innovative, and important in a broad anthropological and humanistic perspective?
  • Appropriateness for SAR: The proposed seminar should clearly align with SAR’s Mission.
  • Quality of Research: Research questions and goals should clearly align with the project’s methodologies and stated outcomes. Expected results should be realistic and achievable and the project should be professionally responsible.
  • Timeliness of Seminar: The proposal should make a strong case for why a seminar is necessary to address the topic and why the seminar is needed now.
  • Ability of Organizer(s): The CVs of the organizer(s) should demonstrate proven experience in organizing academic events (e.g., chairing conference panel sessions, co-editing book volumes or special journal issues). Their publication records should be strong relative to their discipline and career stage.
  • Appropriateness of Participant List: The participants’ research expertise and professional experience should clearly align with the seminar’s research topic and key questions to be addressed. Each participant’s anticipated contribution to the seminar should be stated.

For questions, please call (505) 954-7237 or email: seminar@sarsf.org

Short Seminar Application Information

How to Apply

All application materials must be submitted through the online application system. Only fully completed applications that adhere to SAR’s guidelines and deadlines will be considered. The completed application must be submitted by February 1.

The proposal should explain:

  • The topic of the seminar and key questions to be addressed
  • How the topic is of broad importance to anthropology and/or disciplines outside of anthropology
  • Why a seminar is necessary in order to address the topic
  • Why a seminar is needed now
  • Who the participants in the seminar might be, what each would contribute, and the likelihood that each would participate
  • The expected results of the seminar
  • How travel costs for participants will be covered

SAR encourages seminar organizers to include scholars representing a mix of perspectives—including different fields within anthropology and other disciplines outside of anthropology—and to consider the ethnic and gender balance of the group.

The application must include:

  • Abstract, of no more than 150 words
  • Proposal, not to exceed six double-spaced pages, addressing the criteria listed above
  • Short bibliography, not to exceed one single-spaced page, of references cited in the proposal
  • Curriculum vitae, not to exceed four single-spaced pages, for the seminar chair(s) only

Selection Criteria

Seminars are awarded competitively based on evaluations by a specially convened panel of reviewers who represent a broad spectrum of intellectual expertise.

Applications are evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Proposal Presentation: Proposals should explain the research topic, key questions to be addressed, and methodologies in a clear and organized manner. Competitive proposals are jargon free.
  • Significance of Seminar: Proposals should make a strong case for the intellectual significance of the seminar. How is the research exciting, innovative, and important in a broad anthropological and humanistic perspective?
  • Appropriateness for SAR: The proposed seminar should clearly align with SAR’s Mission.
  • Quality of Research: Research questions and goals should clearly align with the project’s methodologies and stated outcomes. Expected results should be realistic and achievable and the project should be professionally responsible.
  • Timeliness of Seminar: The proposal should make a strong case for why a seminar is necessary to address the topic and why the seminar is needed now.
  • Ability of Organizer(s): The CVs of the organizer(s) should demonstrate proven experience in organizing academic events (e.g., chairing conference panel sessions, co-editing book volumes or special journal issues). Their publication records should be strong relative to their discipline and career stage.
  • Appropriateness of Participant List: The participants’ research expertise and professional experience should clearly align with the seminar’s research topic and key questions to be addressed. Each participant’s anticipated contribution to the seminar should be stated.

For questions, please call (505) 954-7237 or email: seminar@sarsf.org

Research Team Seminar Application Information

How to Apply

All application materials must be submitted through the online application system. Only fully completed applications that adhere to SAR’s guidelines and deadlines will be considered. The completed application must be submitted by February 1.

The proposal should explain:

  • The topic of the seminar and key questions to be addressed
  • How the topic is of broad importance to anthropology and/or disciplines outside of anthropology
  • Why a seminar is necessary in order to address the topic
  • Why a seminar is needed now
  • Who the participants in the seminar might be, what each would contribute, and the likelihood that each would participate
  • The expected results of the seminar

In addition, for proposals that intend to bring together an existing team working on a currently funded research project, one copy of the original research design and/or funding proposal for the project should be submitted with the proposal.

SAR encourages seminar organizers to include scholars representing a mix of perspectives—including different fields within anthropology and other disciplines outside of anthropology—and to consider the ethnic and gender balance of the group.

The application must include:

  • Abstract, of no more than 150 words
  • Proposal, not to exceed six double-spaced pages, addressing the criteria listed above
  • Short bibliography, not to exceed one single-spaced page, of references cited in the proposal
  • Curriculum vitae, not to exceed four single-spaced pages, for the seminar chair(s) only

Selection Criteria

Seminars are awarded competitively based on evaluations by a specially convened panel of reviewers who represent a broad spectrum of intellectual expertise.

Applications are evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Proposal Presentation: Proposals should explain the research topic, key questions to be addressed, and methodologies in a clear and organized manner. Competitive proposals are jargon free.
  • Significance of Seminar: Proposals should make a strong case for the intellectual significance of the seminar. How is the research exciting, innovative, and important in a broad anthropological and humanistic perspective?
  • Appropriateness for SAR: The proposed seminar should clearly align with SAR’s Mission.
  • Quality of Research: Research questions and goals should clearly align with the project’s methodologies and stated outcomes. Expected results should be realistic and achievable and the project should be professionally responsible.
  • Timeliness of Seminar: The proposal should make a strong case for why a seminar is necessary to address the topic and why the seminar is needed now.
  • Ability of Organizer(s): The CVs of the organizer(s) should demonstrate proven experience in organizing academic events (e.g., chairing conference panel sessions, co-editing book volumes or special journal issues). Their publication records should be strong relative to their discipline and career stage.
  • Appropriateness of Participant List: The participants’ research expertise and professional experience should clearly align with the seminar’s research topic and key questions to be addressed. Each participant’s anticipated contribution to the seminar should be stated.

For questions, please call (505) 954-7237 or email: seminar@sarsf.org

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Indigenous Writer Application Information

Eligibility Criteria

SAR accepts applications for this fellowship from writers indigenous to the United States or Canada. Though applicants are asked to specify their affiliated tribe or nation on the Proposal Cover sheet, applicants do not need to provide a copy of their CIB or tribal enrollment card. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the application deadline. There is no upper age limit.

How to Apply

Application materials must be submitted using our online application system. The deadline for applications is the second Monday of January each year. Only fully completed applications that adhere to SAR’s guidelines and deadlines will be considered. All proposal components should be in 12-point type with at least 1-inch margins on all sides.

The application must include:

  • Current résumé (include education, relevant training, awards/honors, list of publications)
  • Proposal, not to exceed four double-spaced pages in length, describing the project you intend to work on during the fellowship term. Include information on the ideas or techniques you will explore and a timeline for the project’s completion. The proposal should also explain why obtaining an SAR fellowship is important to you as a writer at this stage in your career and how the fellowship will help you reach your goals and/or develop as a writer.
  • Writer’s Statement, 500 – 1,000 words in length, explaining, justifying, and contextualizing your body of work. The statement should address what, how, and why you do what you do, from your perspective.
  • Writing Sample of your current work, not to exceed 10 pages. The writing sample can be copies of recently published work or clean, double-spaced, numbered manuscript pages in a common font so it is easy to read. Your name and the date of completion should appear on the sample. Do not send books or bound manuscripts. Documentation of a stage or film production may also be included if applicable.

All submissions will be acknowledged within 72 hours. Award notifications will be emailed in early April. Fellowships are awarded competitively based on evaluations by a specially convened panel of reviewers.

Requirements of the Fellowship

A public presentation by the Indigenous Writer in Residence will complete the seven-week fellowship term and include readings and discussion.

Please acknowledge the School for Advanced Research in all publications resulting from this fellowship and send a copy of those publications to the Director of Scholar Programs.

For questions, please call (505) 954-7237 or email: scholar@sarsf.org