Student Research Proposals
Conducting anthropological research takes time as well as resources. A successful scholar is able to convince granting agencies that their project is worthy of funding. We are fortunate to have dedicated departmental resources to support student research, in the form of the Claire Garber Goodman Fund. Accessing Goodman Fund resources should not only provide students with an invaluable learning experience in the field or the lab; it should also help them to become stronger writers and researchers. We therefore require students to write a Goodman proposal with support from a faculty advisor both as a means of evaluating their research questions and as an exercise in effective grant writing and anthropological thinking.
We have developed the following template for writing a strong Goodman Fund grant proposal. These guidelines are based on the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Leakey Foundation, and the National Science Foundation—three of the most important agencies funding anthropological research.
Proposal length: Proposals should be no longer than 5 single-spaced pages, excluding bibliography and budget. Use 12-pt font. Longer proposals are not necessarily better and any proposals longer than 5 pages will not be considered. A good proposal is concise and focused.
Proposal deadline: Student proposals are due to the anthropology department administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the faculty advisor to the project on Monday of the 7th week of fall, winter, and spring terms. As is the case with professional grants, no extensions will be granted.
FALL TERM 2018 DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 22, 2018.
Proposal evaluators: The Department expects that students develop their proposals in consultation with a faculty advisor. The proposals are reviewed by a committee composed of 3-4 members of the Anthropology Department, excluding the student’s mentor. Upon review, the proposal may be accepted, rejected, or considered in need of revision and re-review. If the committee recommends significant changes to make the proposal fundable, they will communicate this feedback to the student and faculty mentor. Revisions and resubmissions should be completed in a timely manner. Resubmissions completed within two weeks will be reconsidered by the committee in the same term. Proposals deemed worthy of funding by the Goodman Committee will be forwarded to the entire Anthropology Department for a final vote.