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The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) application period is now open!

Submitted 18 September 2014 by Ed Hagen

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NSF is soliciting applications for the GRFP until the posted deadlines in late October and early November 2014. Since 1952, GRFP has provided Fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Three years of support is provided by the program for graduate study in science or engineering and leads to a research-based master's or doctoral degree. The NSF expects to award 2,000 Graduate Research Fellowships under this program solicitation pending availability of funds: Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) PROGRAM SOLICITATION (NSF 14-590)

GRFP is also ...

CARTA Symposium: Domestication and Human Evolution

Submitted 16 September 2014 by Ingrid Benirschke-Perkins

Join the live webcast! "Domestication and Human Evolution" is the topic of a free public symposium hosted by the UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research & Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) on Friday, October 10th (1:00 – 5:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time), co-chaired by Robert Kluender (UC San Diego) and Terrence Deacon (UC Berkeley).

The domestication of other species has played an undeniably central role in the evolution of modern humans, and in our planetary dominance and success. In view of this fact, researchers have over the years investigated the genetic underpinnings and the anatomical, neural, physiological and behavioral consequences ...

Call for Applications: Resident Scholar Fellowships at SAR

Submitted 12 September 2014 by Karen Rosenberg

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The School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, NM invites applications for its 2015–16 Resident Scholar Fellowships.

SAR awards fellowships each year to scholars who have completed their research and analysis and who need time to think and write about topics important to the understanding of humankind. Resident scholars may approach their research from anthropology or from related fields such as history, sociology, art, and philosophy. 

Competitive proposals have a strong empirical dimension, meaning that they address the facts of human life on the ground. They also situate the proposed research within a specific cultural or historical context ...

Two NSF Funding Opportunities

Submitted 27 August 2014 by Ed Hagen

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The purpose of this funding mechanism is to support interdisciplinary, potentially transformative projects

Please note the recent Dear Colleague Letter for the Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) pilot. The purpose of this funding mechanism is to support interdisciplinary, potentially transformative projects (up to 5 years, $1 million) that cannot be accommodated by other NSF funding mechanisms and would be funded by at least two intellectually distinct NSF divisions or disciplinary programs.  Proposals must be approved by at least two NSF Program Officers prior to submission.

Complementing existing NSF efforts, INSPIRE was created to handle proposals whose ...

Registration now open for 2015 AAPA Annual Meeting

Submitted 22 August 2014 by Ed Hagen

Meeting registration and abstract submission.

New NSF Program Director for Biological Anthropology

Submitted 19 August 2014 by Ed Hagen

Rebecca Ferrell

The National Science Foundation, Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Rebecca Ferrell as Program Director for Biological Anthropology. Dr. Ferrell joins NSF on detail from the National Institute on Aging at NIH.

After receipt of her doctorate in Biological Anthropology from The Pennsylvania State University she served on the faculty at Howard University and then joined NIA in 2009.  There she has served as a Scientific Review Officer in the Division of Extramural Activities.  As SRO, she helped to craft the Funding Opportunity in Biodemography.   Dr. Ferrell has broad  research interests that ...

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