As a nonprofit organization, one of our goals is to promote equity, diversity and accessibility in field school education by using economies of scale and focusing intensive effort in raising funds for scholarships. In the past, we have offered upwards of 11 IFR funded scholarships. These scholarships covered the tuition costs of attending a program and were generously funded by donations from our Board of Governors and Academic Board. In 2019, we awarded over $100,000 in student scholarships.

The pandemic forced the IFR to change course dramatically, and we were not able to offer many of our usual scholarship programs in 2021 and 2022. Through the generous support and donation of Vera Campbell, however, we were able to award six California State University Los Angeles (CSULA) students the Vera Campbell Promise Scholarship in 2021. This year, the Vera Campbell Promise Scholarship program grew in funding and reach! We were able to award scholarships to 19 undergraduate students from institutions throughout the US.

Please read the Vera Campbell Promise Scholarship description below. In addition, we provide links to funding search engines and to grants and scholarships available to students from external organizations.

IFR continues our work in expanding access to field research opportunities and promoting equity and diversity in the field sciences through scholarships and mentorship.

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Vera Campbell Promise Scholarship

Deadline is extended further to: April 13, 2022 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Standard Time).

Vera Campbell Promise Scholarship Application Checklist

Follow these steps to apply to the Vera Campbell Scholarship:

Funding Search Engines & Directories

NAFSA Financial Aid for Study Abroad Students

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.

Institute for International Education Study Abroad Funding Directory

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.

Maryville University: Scholarships and College Guide for Native American Students

Maryville University has written a blog compiling information on various scholarships for Native Americans, specifically for educational opportunities.

Society for Classical Studies (SCS)/American Philological Association (APA)

Comprehensive listing with multiple scholarships/fellowships available for students pursuing education in Classical studies. Many opportunities for funding travel and excavation for both graduate and undergraduate students.

External Scholarships

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Application deadline: Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 11:59pm Pacific Time (advisor certification deadline is Thursday, March 16, 2023) for programs that start between May 1, 2023 to April 30, 2024.

The Gilman McCain

Application deadline: Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 11:59pm Pacific Time (advisor certification deadline is Thursday, March 16, 2023) for programs that start between May 1, 2023 to April 30, 2024.

Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship

Application deadline: March 1, 2023.

Sacramento Archaeological Society, Inc. Student Scholarship Site

Application deadline: TBD.

American Schools for Oriental Research (ASOR) Scholarships

Application deadline: TBD.

Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

Details on the new opportunity will be released later in 2022. Interested applicants should mark “Yes” to “Are you interested in applying to the Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship?” within the Fulbright U.S. Student Study/Research application.

American Center for Oriental Research Jordan

The American Center for Oriental Research in Jordan (ACOR) offers a number of modest fellowships, including the de Vries FellowshipGroot Memorial FellowshipHarrell FellowshipMacDonald & 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.

Application deadline: February 1, 2023.

Fund for Education Abroad

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) provides scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population.

The Esherick-Ye Family Foundation

Application deadline: March 1, 2023.

The Classical Association of the Middle West and South Award

Application deadline: January 30, 2023.

The Leaky Foundation Grant

Application deadline January 10 and July 15, 2023.

Baldwin Fellowships for Students from Developing Countries

Deadline for new applicants: TBD

Deadline for returning applicants: TBD

SAA Native American Scholarships

Scholarships include:

  • National Science Foundation Scholarship for Archaeological Training
  • SAA Native American Undergraduate Archaeology Scholarship
  • SAA Native American Graduate Archaeology Scholarship
  • Bertha Parker Cody Award for Native American Women

Opens for applications on January 31, 2023.

Cheryl L. Wase Memorial Scholarship

Opens for applications on January 31, 2023.

Elizabeth Bartman Museum Internship Scholarship

Application deadline: April 1, 2023.

The Sportula: Microgrants for Classics Students

Grants provided by The Sportula are created by classicists for classicists.