• NEW YORK , NY
The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc. is a private operating foundation that is committed to the advancement of anthropology throughout the world. Through various programs supporting research, conferences, fellowships, networking and publication, the Foundation is dedicated to engagement with anthropological disciplines focusing on human origins, development, and variation.
The Foundation was founded in 1941 by Axel Wenner-Gren as the Viking Fund, Inc. Its name was changed to the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc., on its 10th anniversary in 1951. A short history of the Foundation can be found here.
Since its beginning, the Foundation nurtured the discipline of anthropology and has been a leader in its continuing development. In the early years, this was achieved through focused research and funding programs, numerous symposia, workshops and other meetings, the production of educational materials through AnthroCast (1959-1976), and an active publication program including the Viking Fund Publications in Anthropology (1942-1979), and the journal Current Anthropology (founded in 1959).
As the field grew and developed, the Foundation also changed, establishing a strong identity that focused on the internationalism of anthropology and on its broad-based nature, encompassing sociocultural, biological and linguistic anthropology together with archaeology. The Foundation also developed a commitment to special research needs not met by other funding sources and strengthened its emphasis on innovation and leadership in the discipline.
In addition to its Board of Trustees, the Foundation has an Advisory Council comprised of seven senior international anthropologists who give guidance on program development and leadership initiatives in the field. It also has over 60 consultants who provide constructive feedback to all applicants and insure that the research that is funded is of the highest quality.