As a non-profit entity, IFR is able to accept donations from philanthropic individuals who want to support the mission and vision of IFR. These funds directly support research and student scholarships. 

Most of the support for field research dispersed by IFR is received as student fees. Students pay toward their expenses for room, board, research equipment, staff supervision and teaching. Other costs that are covered by student fees include Connecticut College credits, insurance, and the management of field schools which involves an extensive vetting, review, and evaluation process, admissions and enrollment, grade reporting, and other student and field school support activities.