Reviewed by: General Anthropology Division
Primary Theme: Ethics
One of the most important forms of service anthropologists offer to one another is reviewing each other’s grant proposals. Often an anonymous reviewer is the first person outside an applicant’s immediate circle to hear about their research and how they plan to carry it out. Providing generous, constructive feedback is an art. It is also a form of service that has a direct impact on the directions anthropology takes. The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research receives over 1,500 grant applications a year; reviewers from across the world take part in evaluating proposals. For its part, the National Science Foundation evaluates thousands of its proposals in its three major standing programs. It handles the review process somewhat differently than Wenner-Gren does, with panels meeting face to face to make to make the final call. In addition to the co-organizers, speakers will include grant administrators, grant reviewers, and scholars who have written extensively on the peer review process. There will be plenty of time for questions.