The Shelley R. Saunders Thesis Research Grant is now open. Application due March 31st

Posted by dpadmin on Fri, Feb 23, 2024

The Shelley R. Saunders (SRS) Thesis Research Grants support the costs associated with Ph.D. dissertation research. Grants of up to $800 are offered to support lab research, fieldwork, museum or archive work, but not travel to conferences. Student members of CABA-ACAB in good standing, currently registered in a Ph.D. programme in biological or physical anthropology, may apply.

Application deadline: March 31st 2024

Applications must be submitted as a single pdf file to CABA-ACAB President, Dr. Andrea Waters-Rist, at or Text should be no smaller than 12-point Calibri or Times New Roman, use 1.5 spacing, and page margins no smaller than 2.0 centimetres. Applications will be accepted in French or English.

The submission must include the following:

  • Application form (see website,, for English and French versions)
  • 2 page description of thesis research (not including references cited)
  • 1 page budget and justification (not including references cited)
  • References cited (on separate page(s))
  • List of other sources of funding, both sought and already awarded
  • Letter of support from the Ph.D. supervisor
  • Curriculum vitae

The proposed research will be assessed for clarity of purpose and significance, potential for original contributions to knowledge, organization and feasibility, and applicant quality relative to their stage in the program and equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) considerations. Awards will be announced no later than May 1st, 2024. Questions can be addressed to Dr. Andrea Waters-Rist at or

Reporting: The award winner must write a brief report outlining their research and explaining the use of the funds. This report should be sent to the CABA-ACAB newsletter editor for publication in the fall or spring CABA-ACAB newsletter during the same or subsequent year of receiving the award.

Review committee: The review committee consists of annually appointed experts in biological anthropology from three or more subfields. Every application is reviewed independently by a minimum of three committee members, with at least one member possessing expertise in application’s subject matter. An applicant’s supervisor, advisor, employer, or anyone with a close work or personal relationship to the applicant, is not permitted to evaluate their SRS application. The committee may decline to make awards in any given year