One organization which provides fellowship and grant opportunities to anthropology students as well as others in a variety of fields is the Social Science Research Council. Mellon Mays Predoctoral Research Grants are available to students who were previously selected as Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows. If you fall under that category, you may apply for one grant each year. You must be enrolled in a doctoral program in order to qualify.
There are very specific rules about the Predoctoral Research Grants. They are specifically to be used for research purposes, and cannot be applied toward your tuition, college living expenses, or related fees. There are several different types of awards, including the Graduate Studies Enhancement (GSE) Grant, for up to $1,500, the Predoctoral Research Development (PRD) Grant, for up to $3,000, and the Dissertation Completion Grant (DCG), for up to $2,500. This year’s application deadline is November 1st, but the deadline varies each year. All grants take 5-6 weeks to process, and money is dispensed on a first-come, first-serve basis. You may receive a grant if you are studying anthropology, archaeology, art history, classics, English, film, or any number of other fields. If you are not yet at the doctoral level, and are still an undergraduate, be sure to check into the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows program!