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Funding Opportunities

Check out some of the funding opportunities through COPAA. If you have a suggestion for a grant, project funding, or another financing opportunity that you would like to feature here, get in touch!

Currently, we offer funding through the:

Visiting Fellows Program

SfAA Travel Grant

Department Advisory Initiative Award

Visiting Fellows Program

The COPAA Visiting Fellows Program is a short-term partnership opportunity involving a professional, practicing, or applied anthropologist (the Visiting Fellow, or VF) and a COPAA Member Anthropology Department.  The program is designed to be mutually beneficial to both parties.  The VF and Department develop a proposal to engage in a collaborative learning experience, share specific knowledge and skills (e.g., via seminars, courses, classroom discussions), and/or work on a project together.  The program supports COPAA’s mission to advance the education and training of students, faculty, and professional and practicing anthropologists in applied anthropology. Partnerships receive two forms of support: (1) $2500 to support expenses for a campus partner to host a Visiting Fellow and (2) $1000 to travel to the SfAA Annual Meeting where COPAA holds its annual business meeting ($500 to the lead faculty applicant and $500 to the Visiting Fellow). The deadline for submission is April 1, 2024.

Please contact COPAA Co-chairs Cassandra Workman (, Eric Haanstad ( or Cynthia Grace-McCaskey ( for more information about the program. 


Previous Visiting Fellow Reports

SfAA Travel Award for Practitioners


COPAA offers two travel awards to attend the annual SfAA meetings, one for a practitioner and one for a student. Recipients should be participating in a SfAA event as a session or roundtable organizer, participant, or discussant. Students currently enrolled in a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral program in anthropology or related field are eligible to apply and will be awarded based on the applied merits of the abstract. Priority will be given to students enrolled in COPAA member departments.


Interested applicants should email funding requests to COPAA Co-Chairs at  by January 19, 2024.  

In your request, please include:

  • Your name. 

  • Your university or organization. If you are a student applicant, please list which kind of program you are enrolled in at your institution. 

  • The name of the SFAA session you are a part of. 

  • Your role in the session.​


The maximum award is $500. Recipients will be notified by February 1st, 2024.


Department Advisory Initiative Award


COPAA is excited to offer a new initiative, co-sponsored with the Anthropology Career Readiness Network (ACRN), the Department Advisory Initiative Award. The $1,000 award builds capacity within anthropology departments and programs for teaching practice, thereby enhancing student preparation for careers in industry, non-profits, and government. The winning COPAA member department will collaborate with leaders from the ACRN over a one-year period, using the Career Ready Curriculum framework as a guide.

Send completed application to by December 1, 2023

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