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Scholarships/Funding Opportunities


Be sure to check for funding and scholarship opportunities through your own school/department/study abroad office!


Please click on individual opportunities below for the most up-to-date information about availability and application deadlines. 

Scholarships for Archaeological Fieldwork/Study

Archaeological Institute of America Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship: This scholarship from the Archaeological Institute of America is intended to help students who are planning on participating in archaeological field work for the first time. The Scholarship fund provides $1000 USD to help pay expenses associated with a field school.

[Deadline: early March]

American Archaeology Abroad Scholarship: This annual fellowship program awards a $1500 fellowship stipend to an American undergraduate student to help pay expenses associated with participation in an excavation project. [Deadline: Spring]

Black Trowel Collective Microgrants: Microgrants from $5 to $300 USD–no questions asked–to archaeology graduate and undergraduate students who need it. No questions asked.

[Deadline: Applications currently closed but check back]

Society for American Archaeology Native American Scholarship Fund: This endowment fund was established in 1988 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. Several competitive scholarships are offered for archaeological study, training, and research.

[Deadline: January 31, 2024]

Society for American Archaeology Student Excellence in Archaeology Scholarship (SEAS): This scholarship fund was created to increase recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities obtaining degrees in archaeology. Several competitive scholarships are offered for archaeological study, training, and research.

[Deadline: January 31, 2024]


General Scholarships for International Study Abroad and Field Research

Rising Explorer Grant: The Rising Explorer Grant is made possible through The Explorers Club's Youth Activity Fund, which has supported student field work for more than 60 years. This program focuses on providing funding to high school and undergraduate students; the average award is approximately $1,500.

[Deadline: November 30, 2023]

Fund for Education Abroad: One online application leads to many opportunities. As an applicant to FEA, you can be considered for several different scholarships you meet the criteria for, along with the FEA General Scholarships. Note that opportunities change each year, so please check for appropriate scholarship opportunities

[Deadline: Applications accepted between early November 2023 and early January 2024]

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant: This grant is designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. One hundred twenty-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year.

[Deadline: March 15, 2024]

Gilman-McCain Scholarship Program: This scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child and spousal dependents of active or activated United States military personnel during the time of application to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. Applicants must be recipients of any type of Title IV federal financial aid during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving Title IV federal financial aid during their study abroad program or internship.

[Deadline: Early January 2024 and early March 2024]

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