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Research Grants

Radcliffe-Brown and Firth Trust Funds for Social Anthropological Research

The aim of the awards, which are jointly funded by the Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA) and the RAI, is to help young scholars in social anthropology who are handicapped by lack of funds to work towards the completion of research upon which they have already embarked.

Only students associated with British or Commonwealth universities are eligible, and only applicants who have nearly completed their theses are likely to be successful. Grants of up to £750 from the Fund are made at Trustees' meetings twice a year.

The closing dates for applications are 30 April and 30 November each year.

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.

The Association of Social Anthropologists is pleased to announce that, from the November 2001 round onwards, in addition to the Radcliffe-Brown Fund grants a special award will be made from the newly established Firth Centenary Fund . Applications should be made through the same procedure as for the Radcliffe-Brown Awards. A candidate considered by the Trustees to be of outstanding merit will be named as recipient of the Firth Award.

From the November 2011 round onwards, an Olivia Harris Award will be made.  Olivia Harris was one of the editors of the forthcoming Sage Handbook of Social Anthropology, published in association with the ASA, who, together with the eighty authors of the Handbook, donated her royalties to the support of postgraduate students through the Association of Socail Anthropologists. When Olivia died during the production of the Handbook, her co-authors asked for these royalties to be named in affectionate remembrance of Olivia as an esteemed colleague. Olivia Harris awards will be made to outstanding postgraduate applicants to the Radcliffe-Brown Fund as part of the regular funding application round.

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