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Ruggles-Gates Fund for Biological Anthropology

The Royal Anthropological Institute administers a Fund, set up by the late Professor R. Ruggles-Gates and augmented by his widow Mrs L. Ruggles-Gates, which provides grants for research in biological anthropology.

Preference will be given to those applications which lie within human population biology, human genetics, human ethology and palaeoanthropology.

Eligibility

  • There are no restrictions on age, sex, religion, ethnic origin or nationality.
  • Grants will not be made for undergraduate fieldwork projects.
  • Individuals already in possession of a doctorate are not eligible.
  • Preference will be given to those who propose to do fieldwork outside the United Kingdom.
  • Grants are not made for library research, for University fees or for subsistence in the applicant's home institution.
  • Funds cannot be awarded for a joint research project, but individuals who are members of such a project can apply for a grant, provided that its leader holds a PhD or is similarly qualified
  • Permission to undertake field research must be cleared with the relevant authorities and communities before an application is submitted.
  • The Fund will not normally support those returning home to undertake fieldwork.

Nature of the Awards

Each year the Trustees will make awards of not more than about £1000.

All award holders are required to submit an interim report on their fieldwork and at the conclusion of their period of research a full report of their findings. These final reports are taken very seriously by the Trustees and should be well presented. The Trustees may request repayment of the award if an adequate report is not submitted at the end of the research period.

The closing date for applications is 31 March each year and six copies of each application with supporting references must be submitted. Short-listed candidates will normally be required to attend an interview in London in late May/early June. Grants to successful candidates will be paid at the start of their fieldwork.

Letter to applicants, notes for applicants, application format and referee forms are obtainable on-line, or can be obtained from the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the RAI, 50 Fitzroy St, London W1T 5BT.

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