Established in memory of Angeles Arrien, and to celebrate her life work and commitment to peace, the Angeles Arrien Scholarship Fund is awarded to two CIIS students in the Anthropology and Social Change Program whose graduate work is relevant to one of the four key areas of emphasis:

  • Preservation of Cultural Heritage: Supports ceremonial space, creative arts, education, healing arts, language & oral tradition, and environment.
  • Multi-Cultural Bridging and Collaborative Efforts: Supports projects between countries, generations, professions, and faiths.
  • Elder Support: Honors elders as invaluable mentors and wisdom-keepers; supports dissemination of perennial wisdoms.
  • Youth Support: Fosters the development of emerging leaders, educational opportunities, character development, and peace practices.

Angeles Arrien, Ph.D. was a cultural anthropologist, award-winning author, educator, and consultant to many organizations and businesses. Among her many achievements, she co-founded the Anthropology Program at CIIS.

Throughout her lifetime she lectured and conducted workshops worldwide, bridging cultural anthropology, psychology, and comparative religions, and contributed many practices from perennial wisdoms to medical, academic, and corporate environments. She was the Founder and President of the Foundation for Cross-Cultural Education and Research. Her books are translated into thirteen languages and she received three honorary doctorate degrees in recognition of her work in the world.

The Angeles Arrien Scholarship is open to a) all current MA and PhD Anthropology and Social Change students in good academic standing and also b) Students who have been admitted to either the MA or PhD program in Anthropology and Social Change within the award year. All applicants must have demonstrated financial need. The annual awards will be between $2,500 and $5,000 each. International students and applicants are now eligible to apply for this scholarship.

The 2018-19 Scholarship Award opens for applications on May 1st 2018 and closes on June 30th 2018 at midnight. Applications received after the June 30th deadline will not be eligible for consideration (unless it is announced that the deadline is extended).

Students will submit an application for these awards, stating how their research and professional interests support one of these four areas of emphasis. A faculty selection committee will make the final award decision. Scholarship recipients will be posted on the Anthropology and Social Change website.

In the event that there are not two students from the Anthropology and Social Change program eligible to apply for these scholarships, students from the rest of the CIIS student body will be encouraged to apply.

CIIS will also gratefully accept donations to the Angeles Arrien Scholarship Fund on an ongoing basis. If you are interested in honoring Angeles Arrien's memory and contributing to this Fund, please contact Charles Wilmoth, Associate Vice President of Development, at (415) 575-6269 or via email at

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