We understand that attending a field school can be a significant expense for students. To help, the IFR offers multiple types of scholarships. In addition, listed on this page are links and short descriptions of grants and scholarships available to students from other agencies, foundations, and organizations. Please scroll throughout this page to find scholarships that you may be eligible to apply. To be considered for an IFR scholarship, you must have first completed and submitted your field school application and have been admitted to an IFR field school before the scholarship deadline.
Funding Search Engines & Directories
NAFSA, the 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.
The Institute for International Education created a searchable 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.
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.
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.
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.
Scholarships will be considered in archaeology 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.
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 Harris, Platt, 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).
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-YGZ, Ethiopia-Shire, Greece-Methone, Philippines – Ifugao, Tunisia-Zita). 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.
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 eligible to apply.
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 towards the doctorate (or S.S.L.) in biblical studies or related areas or have received the doctorate (or S.S.L.) in these areas.
Biblical Archaeology Society offers scholarships of $1,500 each year to a few people who would otherwise not be able to volunteer at an archaeological excavation.
Established with the generous support of Al and Margaret Cohen, this annual fellowship program awards a $1,500 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 $1,000 and $2,500 will be awarded each calendar year for US citizens.
Go Overseas Scholarships are available to any student currently enrolled in an American institution who wants to study or intern abroad.
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.
The American Center for Oriental Research in Jordan (ACOR) offers a number of modest fellowships, including the de Vries Fellowship, Groot Memorial Fellowship, Harrell Fellowship, MacDonald & Sampson Fellowship and the Russell Fellowship. These are funded from ACOR’s own endowments, including some for US and Canadian undergraduate students attending field schools in Jordan.
The Esherick-Ye Family Foundation has just been established as an IRS 501(c)3 corporation to support small grants of up to $5,000 for projects in modern Chinese economic, social, and political history or Chinese archaeology. The foundation expect to offer at most four or five grants. Grants will support travel to China for research or field work. Grants are available for undergraduate and graduate students as well as untenured faculty in archaeology. The deadline for applications is January 3, 2017.
CAMWS will be awarding three $2,000 scholarships, for summer 2017, to fund participants in summer excavations or field schools at an archaeological site in the Greco-Roman world. Generally, one award will be made to a graduate student and another to an undergraduate, but teachers are also eligible for this award. Professional archaeologists are not eligible. The deadline to apply is January 30, 2017.
The Leakey Foundation awards over $800,000 in grants annually through its two granting programs. Current specific funding priorities include:
- Paleoanthropology of the Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene.
- Primates (Old and New World): Evolution, behavior, morphology, ecology, endocrinology, genetics, isotope studies, and modern hunter-gatherer groups.
Franklin Mosher Baldwin Memorial Fellowships are intended for scholars and students with citizenship in a developing country who wish to obtain education or training from an institution outside of the student’s home country. This award is for a program of approved, advanced special training or studies leading towards an MA or PhD. It is limited to two years of support. The maximum award is limited to $15,000 per year.
The Native American Scholarships Fund is an endowment established to foster a sense of shared purpose and positive interaction between archaeologists and Native Americans. Scholarships are open to all Native peoples from anywhere in the Americas, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Indigenous Pacific Islanders. Awards are $5,000-10,000.
The Israel Undergraduate Student Research Grant is directed towards UCLA undergraduate students who would like to pursue research in Israel during the academic year or the summer. The Center welcomes fellowship applications from undergraduate students in a wide range of disciplines, including, but not limited to history, political science, economics, sociology, literature, visual and performing arts, management, engineering, law, public health, environment, and sustainability. Awards are $500-$1,500.
Travel grants of up to $1,000 are available to UCLA undergraduate and graduate students for: (1) presentation of conference papers focused on Israel Studies or (2) Israel-related projects that require limited, site-specific research (e.g., archival research). Grant funds may be used to cover airfare, accommodation/hotel costs, ground transportation costs and for conference registration fees.
The SAA Cheryl L. Wase Memorial Scholarship for the Study of Archaeology provides funding for undergraduate education in archaeology. It is awarded to women who are residents of New Mexico and pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology with a specialization in archaeology from a fully accredited university in the state of New Mexico (Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico State University, or University of New Mexico). It is overseen by the Wase Scholarship Committee of the SAA.
The Wase Scholarships cover the cost of tuition/course fees and books for all classroom and field-based courses included in an accredited curriculum to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a Emphasis/Focus/Concentration in Archaeology.