Anthropologists' Fund for Urgent Anthropological Research

Barbara S Nowak (NOWAK@AC.GRIN.EDU)
Wed, 19 Apr 1995 12:19:19 -0500

Below is important information for anthropologists interested in supp=
and/or doing research on threatened indigenous peoples. I urge all m=
of this list to take note of and act on the following:


=09The Anthropologists' Fund for Urgent Anthropological Research
has been launched to support research on threatened indigenous
peoples and their cultures and languages. It is expected that such
research will not only make a contribution to anthropological
knowledge but will also serve as an aid to such cultures in their
struggle to survive.


=09In addition to the scientific goal of making a contribution to
anthropological knowledge, grantees will be encouraged where
appropriate to:

=09a) feed back to the people concerned the records made in the
=09 course of the study of their culture and history, so as
=09 to help them make use of valued aspects of these in the
=09 construction of their futures;

=09b) foster respect, where this has been eroded, for their
=09 culture and its preservation, including the development
=09 of local interest in collecting oral histories and
=09 traditions and the incorporation of these in the
=09 educational system;

=09c) collect data on the traditional patterns of land use and
=09 rights;

=09d) facilitate the study of local medical practices and their
=09 incorporation in the modern health delivery systems;

=09e) report violations of human rights to pertinent human
=09 rights organizations.

=09It is expected and required that scientific publication will
result from the research


=09The Fund is to be administered by the Royal Anthropological
Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, which will award
Fellowships in Urgent Anthropology without discrimination of ethnic
or national origin, or residence, etc. All moneys contributed to
the Fund will be spent on research with the Royal Anthropological
Institute taking no charge for administrative services. =20

=09As of October 1994 the Fund already stood at approximately
US$78,035 and an inaugural three-year scheme of Fellowships has
been set up by the Royal Anthropological Institute in association
with Goldsmiths College, the University of London, which is the
largest center for anthropological research in the United Kingdom.=
At present, grants for this scheme of about US$15,000 per year will
be made, with Goldsmiths College providing an additional =BF5,000.
This will also enable researchers to have a six month period at
Goldsmiths College to write up their results on returning from
field work. Fellowships will be for a minimum of one year and a
maximum of two years.


=09The Fund is currently seeking additional donations and
legacies in order to achieve its aim. It is intended to build a
permanent endowment fund, the income from which will support
projects at the level of at least two fellowships per year.=20


=09 Anyone who would like to make contributions to this fund
should make checks payable to the Anthropologists' Fund for Urgent
Anthropological Research and send them to Dr. George N. Appell,
P.O. Box A, Phillips, ME 04966. All contributions are tax=A9exempt
and will be deposited in the Fund's account in the Charitable Gift
Fund of Fidelity Investments of Boston, MA. Dr. Appell, Founding
Sponsor, will be pleased to discuss donations and legacies for the
fund with prospective donors.


=09Applications for the first awards to be made under the Fund in
1995 were solicited in the summer of 1994 and are currently being
reviewed by an appointments panel with a view to making an
appointment at the end of 1994. The next round of applications, for
1996, is likely to be announced in the summer of 1995 in
Anthropology Today and elsewhere. Those interested may request
copies of the announcement by writing to the Director's Secretary,
Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street, London W1P 5HS,
after 1st July 1995


=09The current list of sponsors includes: David F. Aberle
(University of British Columbia), Nathan Altshuler (College of
William and Mary), George N. Appell, Founding Sponsor, (Brandeis
University), Burton Benedict (University of California, Berkeley),
Diane Austin=A9Broos (University of Sydney), Megan Biesele (Rice
University), Erika Bourguignon (Ohio State University), Thomas
Buckley (University of Massachusetts, Boston), Norman A. Chance
(University of Connecticut), Harold C. Conklin (Yale University),
William Davenport (University of Pennsylvania), Amity A. Doolittle
(Yale University), James F. Eder, Jr. (Arizona State University),
Sir Raymond Firth (London School of Economics and Political
Science), Charles Frantz (State University of New York at Buffalo),
Thomas M. Fraser, Jr. (New Hampshire), J. Derek Freeman (Australian
National University), Walter R. Goldschmidt (University of
California, Los Angeles), Felicitas D. Goodman (Denison
University), J. R. Goody (University of Cambridge), Stephen F.
Gudeman (University of Minnesota), Robert K. Hitchcock (University
of Nebraska), Anna Hohenwart-Gerlachstein (IUAES-Commission on
Urgent Anthropological Research), W. W. Howells (Harvard
University), Cornelia Ann Kammerer (Brandeis University), Victor T.
King (University of Hull), A. Thomas Kirsch (Cornell University),
Claude L=BF)=BFvi-Strauss (Coll=BF/=BFge de France), T. N. Madan (Uni=
versity of
Delhi), Robert A. Manners (Brandeis University), Torben Monberg
(Fredensborg, Denmark), C. Patrick Morris (University of
Washington), Ida Nicolaisen (University of Copenhagen), Richard J.
Parmentier (Brandeis University), James L. Peacock (University of
North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Anton Ploeg (Utrecht University),
Benson Saler (Brandeis University), Clifford A. Sather (Universiti
Malaya), Bernard J. L. Sellato (University of Provence), Masri
Singarimbun (Gadjah Mada University), George D. Spindler (Stanford
University), Louise S. Spindler (Stanford University), Leslie E.
Sponsel (University of Hawaii, Honolulu), Vinson H. Sutlive, Jr.
(College of William and Mary), Motomitsu Uchibori (Hitotsubashi
University), Laura P. A. Warren (Milton Academy), Charity R. A.
Wheelock (Vermont)