If you’ve arrived at this page, you’ve come to the unfortunate realization that archaeology can be expensive. Fortunately, there are a number of options that will help you fund your archaeological endeavors, whether it’s a field school or your dissertation. Here are a few helpful links to help you get to where you need to go.
Field School Funding
The Sacramento Archaeological Society has awards up to about $1,500 to help pay for field schools and other projects.
American Archaeology Abroad also has the Al and Margaret Cohen Fellowship, which is worth $1,500 towards participation in an overseas excavation.
The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) has the Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship, which is worth $1000 to help pay expenses for a field school for a minimum of 4 weeks. The AIA also has a listing of their own scholarships, fellowships, and grants as well as a listing of other fellowships, scholarships, and grants on their website.
The Institute for Field Research also has a number of scholarships listed. If none of these options seem to work, then check with the individual field school. Many field schools will at least offer discounts to those in significant financial need, and they may have their own scholarships. If the field school is run by your own university, check to see if you can use your university loans or scholarships to cover the cost. It’s also a good idea to check with your own university to see if they have travel grants or study abroad scholarships that might help with funding.
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For those who have already done a field school and are looking for funding for research projects, there are a number of sources you can turn to. I’ve listed the general ones here to start and will continue to add as the list grows.
The National Science Foundation has numerous opportunities for research funding. They have graduate fellowships, postdoc fellowships, and general project funding. Browse the listings to find something that works for you.
Wenner-Gren is another of the big project funding organizations in anthropology/archaeology. They have grant programs for doctoral students and above, including those overseas. The NSF and Wenner-Gren should the among the first sources you consider for funding.
Fulbright is probably the largest organization that funds research abroad, whatever that might mean to you. They operate in a large number of countries and have grant programs for research, study, or teaching English abroad. There are also specific grant supplements for Critical Language Enhancement for individuals wishing to learn specific languages determined by the US Department of State to be critical to US foreign relations.
National Geographic also has several grant programs for graduate students and above. Their Young Explorer’s program is particularly well known to archaeologists.
If you are looking to study archaeology abroad, you might consider a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) scholarship to help with university costs. These scholarships apply either to the academic year or the summer and are available to undergraduate and graduate students alike. They are particularly useful for those studying foreign languages, especially those that are less common (e.g. Thai, Indonesian, Romanian, Pashto, etc).
Those are the big ones I can list at the moment. Numerous other funding opportunities can be found all over the web and in universities. Many universities have Dean’s Scholarships or University Fellowships or Research Assistantships or Chancellor’s Awards that allow you to use the money for research. Study abroad scholarships can work in certain situations. You can also find funding through organizations specific to your research, such as various glass societies or organizations interested in ancient Greek culture. Historical associations and archaeological societies may also have grants you can apply for.
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