The Royal Anthropological Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Cearns and Laura Haapio-Kirk as Leach/RAI Fellows in Public Anthropology for 2020.

This is a new Fellowship, supported by the Esperanza Trust, intended to improve the profile of anthropology in public debate. Despite the potential of anthropologists to make vital contributions, politicians and the press are much more likely to consult economists, psychologists and a variety of other specialists. This Fellowship intends to amplify the voice of anthropologists in public arenas on topical issues such as climate change, migration, and global health, through a variety of media and events.

Royal Anthropological Institute and Anthropologists’ Fund for Urgent Anthropological Research (AFUAR)

This unique scheme, privately funded by anthropologists (founding sponsor: Dr George Appell) has been running since 1995. It is designed to support ethnographic research on currently threatened indigenous peoples, cultures and languages. Its primary aim is to contribute to anthropological knowledge through detailed ethnography. It therefore differs from programmes in applied anthropology, although research conducted within the programme can be expected to support the welfare and survival of endangered peoples.