Cultural Anthropology

The National Science Foundation's Cultural Anthropology Program supports basic scientific research on the causes, consequences, and complexities of human social and cultural variability. Anthropological research spans a wide gamut, and contemporary cultural anthropology is an arena in which diverse research traditions and methodologies are valid. Recognizing the breadth of the field’s contributions to science, the Cultural Anthropology Program welcomes proposals for empirically grounded, theoretically engaged, and methodologically sophisticated research in all sub-fields of cultural anthropology. Because the National Science Foundation’s mandate is to support basic research, the NSF Cultural Anthropology Program does not fund research that takes as its primary goal improved clinical practice or applied policy. Program research priorities include, but are not limited to, research that increases our understanding of:

  1. Socio-cultural drivers of critical anthropogenic processes such as deforestation, desertification, land cover change, urbanization, and poverty
  2. Resilience and robustness of socio-cultural systems
  3. Conflict, cooperation, and altruism
  4. Economy, culture, migration, and globalization
  5. Variability and change in kinship and family norms and practices
  6. Cultural and social contexts of health and disease
  7. Mathematical and computational models of sociocultural systems such as social network analysis, agent-based models, and integration of agent-based models with geographic information systems (GIS)

The program provides support for a wide range of research and programs for scholars and graduate students. Check the call for proposals for the list of opportunities and their respective deadlines. 

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