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.

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IFR Need Based Scholarships

Deadline: March 31, 2017, at 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time 2016. 

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IFR Merit Based Scholarships

Deadline: March 31, 2017, at 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time

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IFR Opportunity Scholarships

Deadline: March 31, 2017, at 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time

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UK-Ribchester Field School Scholarship

Deadline: April 7, 2017, at 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time

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IFR-SAA HUGS Scholarship

Application deadline is Jan. 23, 2017

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IFR-SAA Undergraduate Student Paper & Poster Awards

Application deadline is March 1, 2017

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IFR-BHF Balkan Program Scholarships

Deadline: April 7, 2017, at 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time

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The UK Ribchester Scholarship

Deadline: April 7, 2017, at 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time

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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

  19. American Center for Oriental Research Jordan

  20. The The Esherick-Ye Family Foundation Grant

  21. The Classical Association of the Middle West and South Award

  22. The Leaky Foundation Grant

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-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.  Click here for more information. Application deadline is April 25 midnight PST.

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.

19. American Center for Oriental Research Jordan

ACOR offers a number of modest fellowships that are funded from ACOR’s own endowments, including some for US and Canadian undergraduate students attending field schools in Jordan.  For more information, click here.

20. The Esherick-Ye Family Foundation

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. For more information, click here.

21. The Classical Association of the Middle West and South Award

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. For more information, click here.

22. The Leaky Foundation Grant

The Leakey Foundation awards over $800,000 in grants annually through our two granting programs. Our 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.

For more information click here.