Scholarships

We understand that attending a field school can be a significant expense for students. To help, the IFR offers two types of scholarships. One is merit based and the other is for students with documented financial need. In addition, listed on this page are links and short descriptions of grants and scholarships available to students from other agencies, foundations and organizations.

 

 

 

 

IFR Scholarships

IFR Need Based Scholarships

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Open to students attending IFR programs only.
Please apply to a field school and then apply for this scholarship.
You will need your IFR student ID and password to apply for this scholarship.

 
Application deadline is March 28 at 5:00pm PST.  Students will be notified of status by April 18, 2015.

The Institute for Field Research recognizes that the cost of field schools may be too high for some deserving students.  We believe that archaeology should be available to all.  This scholarship should help in offsetting a significant portion of field school tuition costs.  Students who can demonstrate eligibility may apply for this scholarship. Please complete the online application, answer the questions and send the supporting documents to the IFR office by email. Please send complete applications only. Each Need-Based scholarship is $2,000.  This scholarship has no cash value and will be awarded as field school tuition reduction only.

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IFR Merit Based Scholarships

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Open to students attending IFR programs only.
Please apply to a field school and then apply for this scholarship. 
You will need your IFR student ID and password to apply for this scholarship.
 
Application deadline is March 28 at 5:00pm PST.  Students will be notified of status by April 18, 2015. 

The Institute for Field Research would like to support promising young scholars that may become future leaders – both within and outside archaeology.  It is our hope that regardless of the career path such students may take, an archaeology field school will establish a lifelong relationship with the discipline and an understanding for the importance of the past to our collective human future. Please complete the online application, answer the questions and send the supporting documents to the IFR office by email. Please send complete applications only. Each Merit-Based scholarship is $2,500. This scholarship has no cash value and will be awarded as field school tuition reduction only. 

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IFR-BHF Balkan Program Scholarships

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Open to students attending IFR-BHF programs only.
Please apply to a Bulgaria or Macedonia field school and then apply for this scholarship. 
You will need your IFR student ID and password to apply for this scholarship.
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Application deadline is April 17 at 5:00pm PST.  Students will be notified of status by April 27, 2015.

The Institute for Field Research and Balkan Heritage Foundation are offering two scholarships to support deserving students attending any of the five IFR-BHF joint field schools.  These scholarships celebrate the inauguration year for our collaboration and are design to promote interest in Balkan archaeology and cultural heritage.  Students must complete the application online, upload copy of transcripts and one letter of recommendation.  Only students who are admitted to the five IFR-BHF field schools are eligible. Each scholarship is for $1,000.  This scholarship has no cash value and will be awarded as field school tuition reduction only. 

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IFR-BHF Tell Yunatsite Scholarship

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Open to students attending Tell Yunatsite field school only.
Please apply to a Bulgaria - Tell Yunatsite field school and then apply for this scholarship. 
You will need your IFR student ID and password to apply for this scholarship.
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Application deadline is April 17 at 5:00pm PST.  Students will be notified of status by April 27, 2015.

The Institute for Field Research and Balkan Heritage Foundation are offering a single scholarship to support a deserving student to attend the Tell Yunatsite field school. The site, one of the most important Chalcolithic settlements in Europe, offer students and exceptional opportunity to explore the rise and fall of Europe’s oldest civilization in the 5th millennium BCE.  Students must complete the application online, upload copy of transcripts and one letter of recommendation.  Only admitted students to Tell Yunatsite field school may apply. This scholarship is for $2,000.  This scholarship has no cash value and will be awarded as field school tuition reduction only. 

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Research Experience for Undergraduates: Philippines-Ifugao Archaeological Project

 
National Science Foundation  Ifugao Archaeological Project
2015 Ifugao Archaeology Field School
NSF-REU Site (NSF Award No. 1460665)
June 15-August 7, 2015 
UCLA 

Application deadline is March 15 at 5:00pm PST. 

Field School Program

The field school has been awarded funding by the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates.  Eight (8) undergraduate students (junior- and senior-standing) who are U.S. Citizens or permanent residents will be selected through a competitive process.  Selected students will receive stipends that can be used for academic credit fees.  Roundtrip airfare (LAX-MNL-LAX), field accommodation, meals, and ground travel will be covered by the project.  Students are responsible for travel expenses to and from LA prior to the trip to the Philippines.

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IFR-SAA Undergraduate Student Paper & Poster Awards

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 Joint IFR-SAA student award.
For best paper and best poster at the SAA San Francisco Annual Meeting.
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Application deadline is March 15, 2015 

The Institute for Field Research (IFR) and the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) are delighted to announce the annual IFR Undergraduate Student Paper Award and the annual IFR Undergraduate Student Poster Award. The 2015 SAA Annual Meeting in San Francisco is the inaugural year for both awards.

There are two awards: $1,000 to be given for the best paper authored by an undergraduate student and $1,000 to be given for the best poster authored by an undergraduate student.  Click the link below or visit the SAA Awards page for infomation on how to apply. 



IFR-SAA HUGS Scholarship

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 Joint IFR-SAA student award.
The Historically Underrepresented Group Scholarship (HUGS).
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Application deadline is March 13, 2015
The Institute for Field Research (IFR) and the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) are delighted to announce the IFR Historically Underrepresented Group Scholarship (HUGS). The IFR will cover the program tuition (up to $5,000) for a student who attends an IFR field school. If the field school costs less than $5,000, students cannot receive the cost difference as cash payment. Applicants must clearly state which IFR field school they wish to attend using this scholarship and they must show that they have been accepted into that field school.  The SAA HUGS program recognizes that there are additional costs associated with attending a field school (airfare, basic field supplies, etc.), and will thus provide up to $3,000 for additional expenses related to attending the IFR field school.  The recipient of the HUGS scholarship will be selected by the Minority Scholarship Committee of the SAA.  Click the link below to download the application or visit the SAA HUGS page for infomation on how to apply. 


Other Scholarships

  1. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

  2. Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship

  3. American Philological Association (APA) /Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Minority Scholarship Program

  4. Sacramento Archeological Society, Inc. Student Scholarship

  5. American Schools for Oriental Research (ASOR) Scholarships

  6. UCLA Cotsen Undergraduate Research Grant (CURG) for UCLA Students

  7. UCLA Sigmund and Hermine Frey Scholarship for Civic Engagement Research

  8. Catholic Biblical Association of America

  9. Biblical Archaeology Society Scholarships

  10. American Archaeology Abroad Scholarship

  11. Mark Twain Travel Awards

  12. Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

  13. Fund for Education Abroad

  14. Foundation for Global Scholars

  15. Go Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship

  16. NAFSA Financial Aid for Study Abroad Students

  17. Institute for International Education Study Abroad Funding Directory

  18. Fulbright - National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

  

1. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad.  This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.  The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.  Over 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000.  To apply, follow this link.

2. Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship

Established in honor of AIA Past President Jane Waldbaum, this scholarship is intended to help students who are planning to participate in archaeological field work for the first time. Students majoring in archaeology or related disciplines are especially encouraged to apply. The Scholarship Fund provides $1000 each for up to seven successful applicants to help pay expenses associated with participation in an archaeological field work project (minimum stay one month). The scholarship is open to students who have begun their junior year of undergraduate studies at the time of application and have not yet completed their first year of graduate school at a college or university in the United States or Canada. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must not have previously participated in archaeological field work. The committee will consider both academic achievement and financial need in its deliberations.  To apply, follow this link.

3. American Philological Association (APA) /Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Minority Scholarship Program

The Committee on Minority Scholarships of the American Philological Association (APA) invites applications from minority undergraduate students. The purpose of the scholarship is to further an undergraduate's preparation for graduate work in classics or classical archaeology. Eligible proposals might include (but are not limited to) participation in classical summer programs or field schools in Italy, Greece, Egypt, etc., or language training at institutions in the U.S, Canada, or Europe. The maximum amount of the award will be $4,000.  To apply, follow this link.

4. Sacramento Archeological Society, Inc. Student Scholarship Site

Scholarships will be considered in archeology and related fields for undergraduate and graduate students.  Scholarships may be awarded for participation in a field school and/or tuition for a field school.  To apply, follow this link.

5. American Schools for Oriental Research (ASOR) Scholarships

ASOR has renewed its emphasis on providing excavation grants and fellowships that allows individuals to participate in excavations in the Eastern Mediterranean. Since 2007, ASOR has awarded 146 total scholarships for excavations through the HarrisPlatt, and Heritage Fellowships.  Students are eligible to apply only if their home university is an official ASOR institutional member (click here for a list of ASOR institutional members).

6. Cotsen Undergraduate Research Fellowship (CURG) for UCLA Students

The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA will award approximately 25 fellowships for $1000 each to UCLA undergraduate students in good standing to work on an archaeological project with a UCLA professor (China, Egypt-Fayum, Peru-Chincha, Peru-Vitor, Philippines - Ifugao).  Students will be evaluated based upon overall academic excellence and commitment to scientific field research.  Students from any UCLA department are eligible.  Students not preparing for a career in archaeology are urged to apply.  The fellowship holder is expected to use the fellowship to defray costs to attend an off-campus research project with a UCLA professor, but some exceptions to the off-campus rule may be permitted.  Click here to download the CURG application.

7. UCLA Frey Scholarship for Civic Engagement Research or Language Study

This fellowship supports research projects, internships or language study in any field of Jewish studies for UCLA undergraduate students. Up to $3,000 per summer or quarter.  UCLA students participating in IFR field schools in Israel, or projects related to Jewish history, may be eligibale to apply.  Click here to request an application for 2015. 

8. Catholic Biblical Association (CBA) of America

The CBA will award three $3,000 stipends for archaeological research in biblical lands, renewable for a second season.  Applicants must be active or associate members of the CBA, and may be either full-time students working toward the doctorate (or S.S.L.) in biblical studies or related areas or have received the doctorate (or S.S.L.) in these areas.  Click here for a link to the CBA grant page.

9. Biblical Archaeology Society Scholarships

BAS offers scholarships of $1,000 every year to a few people who would otherwise not be able to volunteer.  Click here for a link to the SBA Scholarship page.

10. American Archaeology Abroad Scholarships

Established with the generous support of Al and Margaret Cohen, this annual fellowship program awards a $1500 fellowship stipend to an American undergraduate student to help pay expenses associated with participation in an overseas excavation project.  The fellowship is open to students enrolled in an American college or university.  Applicants must be majoring in archaeology or a related discipline or able to demonstrate an intention to declare such a major field of study. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.  Click here for a link to the AAA Scholarship page.

11. Mark Twain Travel Awards

The Mark Twain Awards for Travel support deserving students who wish to enrich their education through exposure to people and places they would otherwise not encounter. Once awarded, the funds are unrestricted and can be used towards any local or international travel of any duration. Prizes range between $500-$2,500. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so early submissions are strongly encouraged.  Click here for a link to the scholarship website.

12. Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year.  Click here for a link to the scholarship website.

13. Fund for Education Abroad

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges and who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks.  Awards are up to $10,000.  Look at the "Dedicated Scholarships" as well to see if you may be eligible to those specific awards. Click here for a link to the scholarship website.

14. Foundation for Global Scholars

Serving U.S. undergraduate and graduate students pursuing accredited study abroad programs. Through scholarships for international study, they empower future leaders to become better prepared for the fast-changing global marketplace and interdependent world. Over 200 scholarships between $1000 and $2,500 will be awarded this calendar year for US citizens.  Click here for a link to their website.

15. Go Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship

Go Overseas Scholarships are available to students applying to any study abroad program. Click here for a link to the scholarship page.

16. NAFSA Financial Aid for Study Abroad Students

NAFSA: Association of International Educators has put together an extensive page with federal state and private grants that support a variety of study abroad program types.  Click here for their website.

17. Institute for International Education Study Abroad Funding Directory

The Institute for International Education created a serchable directory that features detailed descriptions of hundreds of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships for U.S. undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, and professionals. Click here for their website.

18. Fulbright - National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

The Fulbright - National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship is a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program that provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in up to three countries on a globally significant social or environmental topic.  For more information, click here.