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Departmental Research Awards

Our department offers several types of funding for both incoming and current graduate students. Please download the Graduate Student Research Award Cover Sheet for your application.

Amaya Burns Research Award

Eligibility and Award
  • Eligibility: The Department of Anthropology, through a gift of Dr. Alba Amaya Burns and Dr. Allan Burns, is pleased to announce that an award up to $700 is available for summer research to Latin America for projects in Medical Anthropology, Human Rights and Applied Anthropology. The award honors the memory and goals of social justice of Miguel Angel Amaya, a medical student who perished during the Civil War in El Salvador. Miguel Angel Amaya was the brother of Professor Alba Amaya Burns.
  • Award: Up to 2 awards annually, awarded in the spring.

Paul and Polly Doughty Research Award

Eligibility and Award
  • Eligibility: Awards for graduate student anthropological research in the area of international peace, conflict resolution and/or development, with preference given to a focus on Latin America. These competitive awards are open to graduate students in Anthropology working in any subfield. Priority is given to MA and predissertation research. Applicants are expected to show how their research is relevant to broad issues of international peace, conflict resolution or development, whether in contemporary times or through history and prehistory. Eligible students are encouraged to seek supplementary funding from other sources. The award is for reimbursable expenses.
  • Award: Up to 4 awards annually, awarded in the spring.

Elizabeth Eddy Dissertation Write-Up Fellowship

Eligibility and Award
  • Eligibility: Students applying for this award should work towards graduating in the term received or the following semester as the fellowship is intended to provide dedicated dissertation writing time.
  • Award: A fellowship for either Spring or Summer 2019; $7,000 paid bi-weekly via the term awarded, plus the appropriate tuition waiver for full-time registration in that term and health insurance.

Elizabeth Eddy Doctoral Completion Award

Eligibility and Award
  • Eligibility: If awarded, you must graduate or meet the terms for clearing prior in the Spring as you and your supervisory committee chair have guaranteed in your application package.
  • Award: An award paid via the Bursar’s Office in two lump sums in the term awarded, one after drop/add and one after you make the first submission; $5,000 plus the funds to cover 3 credits of tuition in the Spring. As an award, this does not cover health insurance.

Charles H. Fairbanks Award

Eligibility and Award
  • Eligibility: Earmarked for dissertation-level doctoral candidates specializing in archaeology who will use the stipend for expenses related to the preparation of the dissertation (e.g., photography, copying, illustrations, cartography, some final analysis, etc.). The awards are for reimbursable expenses only. Previous recipients of Fairbanks Awards are not eligible.
  • Award: Up to six $1,000 awards annually.

John M. Goggin Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility and Award
  • Eligibility: Awards will be made to dissertation level doctoral candidates specializing in sociocultural and biological anthropology who will use the stipend for expenses related to preparation of the dissertation (e.g., photography, copying, illustrations, cartography, transcription, etc.). The awards are for reimbursable expenses only. Previous recipients of Goggin Awards are not eligible.
  • Award: Up to six $1,000 awards annually given in the spring.

William Maples Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility and Award
  • Eligibility: Funds are available for Anthropology graduate students conducting pre-dissertation or dissertation research in forensic anthropology. Excellence in research design and potential for significant contribution to the field of forensic anthropology are essential criteria for a successful application.
  • At the committee’s discretion, awards will not be made if no applications meet the criteria. The awards are for reimbursable expenses only.
  • Award: Up to four $500 awards annually given in the spring.

Zora Neale Hurston Fellowship

Eligibility and Award
  • Eligibility: Three-year award. Should be an incoming student with interests in the African Diaspora with strong GRE and GPA. Awarded every three years.
  • Award: $12,000 each year for three years to the same recipient, plus the tuition waiver.

James C. Waggoner Jr. Grants-in-Aid

Eligibility and Award
    • Eligibility: Graduate student in Anthropology. Funds to be used for MA or Ph.D. research or pre-dissertation travel. The award is for reimbursable expenses only. Previous recipients of a Waggoner Grant-in-Aid are not eligible.
    • Award: Up to 4 awards annually, awarded in the spring.