School of Anthropology Internal Fellowships and Scholarships for Graduate Students

While it is not possible to apply for any of these sources of funding prior to matriculation, all graduate students are encouraged to seek both internal and extramural support for their studies as soon as they arrive on campus. Students are notified each semester via email as to the application deadlines for these competitive funding opportunities. Funding opportunities available include scholarships, fellowships, graduate teaching assistantships, and graduate research assistantships, in addition to several other on-campus funding resources (see below). General information on each type of funding is given here, but please see the Graduate Handbook for more information.

Scholarships

Scholarships can be used to support student expenses related to the program of study and research, but do not provide tuition waivers or other employment benefits. The funding sources below are accessible to all School of Anthropology graduate students throughout their graduate careers, with some restrictions that apply to individual fellowship or scholarships.

For each scholarship, the funding allows for one or more awards with varying amounts. The scholarship committee determines which scholarships are applicable to each student request.

For the scholarships there are two application cycles per year, one in the Fall semester and one in the Spring semester.  Application forms are available in the Main Office Advising area (Haury Room 210).

Fall Application Deadline: October 15 [For activities in the semester(s) after submitted application]
Spring Application Deadline: March 15  [For activities  in the semester(s) after submitted application]

 

Edward P. Dozier Award (all subfields)

  • Source:  Donations from the Anthropology faculty members
  • Eligibility:  Anthropology graduate students who submit the best single-authored paper
  • Purpose:  To encourage graduate students to present their paper at a national meeting or to submit the paper for publication in an appropriate journal, or both. The selected student will also present during the Anthro Lecture Series
  • Funding:  $500 to the best paper; additional awards may be made depending on the caliber of submitted papers and available funding

William Self Associates, Inc. Scholarship (Southwestern archaeology)

  • Source:     William Self Associates, Inc.
  • Eligibility:  Graduate students in the School of Anthropology with a concentration on Southwestern archaeology
  • Purpose:  To encourage the study of Southwestern prehistory
  • Funding:  One $5000 award annually

Riecker Award (all subfields)

  • Source:    Created through a bequest in the will of Fred A. Riecker, the 71st enrollee at the UA
  • Eligibility:  Graduate students in the School of Anthropology
  • Purpose:  Seed support for graduate student research
  • Funding:  One or more awards; amounts vary

Norton Allen Memorial Scholarship (all subfields)

  • Source:     A gift from Ethel Crane Allen and friends
  • Eligibility:  Arizona residents, anthropology graduate students, with a preference given to Native Americans
  • Purpose:  To provide funding for the education of outstanding graduate students
  • Funding:  One or more awards, amounts vary

Comins Fellowship Fund (sociocultural anthropology)

  • Source:     Established by Eben F. Comins
  • Eligibility:  Anthropology graduate students engaged in studies that may contribute to the cultural understanding of the Native American Indian
  • Purpose:  To provide funding for the education of outstanding anthropology graduate students
  • Funding:  One or more awards, amounts vary, not to exceed $1,200

William Shirley Fulton Scholarship (archaeology)

  • Source:     A bequest by the late William Shirley Fulton, pioneer Arizona archaeologist, and founder of the Amerind Foundation of Dragoon, Arizona
  • Eligibility:  Outstanding archaeology graduate students
  • Purpose:  To provide funding for the education of outstanding archaeology graduate students
  • Funding:  One or more awards, amounts vary

Stanley R. Grant Scholarship Fund (all subfields)

  • Source:     Established by Joan B. Grant in honor of her husband
  • Eligibility:  Anthropology graduate students with good academic standing
  • Purpose:  To provide funding for anthropology graduate students studying the native peoples of the Americas
  • Funding:  One or more awards, amounts vary

Emil W. Haury Education Fund for Archaeology (archaeology)

  • Source:     Contributions for the advancement of archaeological learning, established by friends and colleagues of Emil W. Haury, Head of the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Arizona State Museum
  • Eligibility:  Archaeology graduate students of demonstrated scholastic ability
  • Purpose:  To provide outstanding archaeology graduate students with funds for the following:
    1. general education needs;
    2. a special research project;
    3. exceptionally meritorious work; and
    4. a dissertation research project
  • Funding:  One or more awards, amounts vary

Mary Alice Sherry Helm Scholarship (all subfields)

  • Source:     A gift from her mother, Ilene Mills Sherry, and family and friends of Mary Alice Sherry Helm who received a MA degree from the University of Arizona
  • Eligibility:  Anthropology graduate students with preference given to those planning to enter the field of Museum Administration
  • Purpose:  To provide funding for the education of outstanding graduate students
  • Funding:  One or more awards, amounts vary

Stanley J. Olsen Zooarchaeology Endowment Fund (all subfields)

  • Source:     Family and friends of former UA Anthropology faculty member, S. J. Olsen.
  • Eligibility:  All School of Anthropology graduate students
  • Purpose:  To help fund anthropological research on the relationships between humans and animals, regardless of sub-discipline
  • Funding:  Number and amount varies according to distribution from endowment

William A. Longacre Graduate Scholarship in Anthropology (archaeology)

  • Source:     Generous contributions from friends and alumni who attended the William A. Longacre Roast and Scholarship Fundraiser; and other contributions from friends, colleagues, students, and alumni
  • Eligibility:  Archaeology graduate students
  • Purpose:  For graduate students seeking a degree in the School of Anthropology; specifically within the subfield of Archaeology
  • Funding:  One or more awards, amounts vary

Louie and Frances-Fera Schiffer Scholarship (archaeology)

  • Source:     Generous friends who appreciate the importance of fostering the professional development of archaeology graduate students
  • Eligibility:  Archaeology graduate students who will present a paper or poster at a national meeting
  • Purpose:  To provide funding for archaeology graduate students
  • Funding:  One or more awards, amounts vary

Edward H. Spicer Fund (sociocultural anthropology)

  • Source:     School of Anthropology, in memory of Edward H. Spicer, distinguished cultural anthropologist and faculty member of the Department of Anthropology
  • Eligibility:  Cultural anthropology graduate students
  • Purpose:  To help fund field research in southwestern United States and northern Mexico
  • Funding:  One or more awards, amounts vary

William and Nancy Sullivan Scholarship (all subfields)

  • Source:     A bequest from Nancy Epler Sullivan
  • Eligibility:  Outstanding graduate students majoring in Anthropology with demonstrated scholastic ability and who are Arizona residents
  • Purpose:  To provide funding for anthropology graduate students
  • Funding:  One or more awards, amounts vary

Carol Kramer Memorial Scholarship (archaeology)

  • Source:     Contributions from friends and colleagues of Carol Kramer, Near Eastern archaeologist, leader in the field of ethnoarchaeology, and faculty member in the Department of Anthropology
  • Eligibility:  Archaeology graduate students engaged in research in Near Eastern archaeology or ethnoarchaeology
  • Purpose:  To provide funding for archaeology graduate students
  • Funding:  One or more awards, amounts vary

Traditions, Transitions, and Treasures Fund (all subfields)

  • Source:     School of Anthropology Traditions, Transitions, and Treasures Auction and donations
  • Eligibility:  Anthropology graduate students
  • Purpose:  To provide funding for anthropology graduate students
  • Funding:  One or more awards, amounts vary

Graduate Student Travel Scholarship Fund (all subfields)

  • Source:     Generous contributions from A. Richard Diebold, Jr., the Salus Mundi Foundation, and friends, colleagues, students, and alumni
  • Eligibility:  Anthropology graduate students who will present a paper or poster at a national or international scholarly meeting
  • Purpose:  To provide funding for anthropology graduate students
  • Funding:  Number and amount varies according to distribution from the endowment

BARA Graduate Scholarship Fund (applied)

  • Source:     Generous contributions from A. Richard Diebold, Jr., and the Salus Mundi Foundation
  • Eligibility:  Anthropology graduate students who are pursuing a concentration in Applied Anthropology
  • Purpose:  To provide funding for anthropology graduate students
  • Funding:  Number and amount varies according to distribution from the endowment

Fellowships

Fellowships provide stipends to support living expenses, as well as tuition waivers and other employment benefits. Fellowships are available only to students who are currently enrolled in the PhD-track graduate program. Graduate students admitted to terminal MA programs are ineligible for these fellowships.

Lewis and Clark Fellowships (Old World paleoanthropology)

  • Source:     Gifts to honor the contributions of two eminent scholars; archaeologist, Lewis R. Binford and paleoanthropologist, F. Clark Howell
  • Eligibility:  Graduate students in the Ph.D. program of the School of Anthropology
  • Purpose:  Support for those who intend to conduct research on Paleolithic archaeology or paleoanthropology, preferably but not exclusively, in Europe, Africa or the Near East
  • Funding:  The Fellowship includes a stipend of $25,000. Fellows are eligible for up to three years of support

Haury Fellowships (all subfields)

  • Source:     Emil W. Haury and Agnese Nelms Haury
  • Eligibility:  Graduate students in the School of Anthropology
  • Purpose:  Awards are split between recruitment of new students and support of dissertation-writers
  • Funding:  One or more fellowships awarded annually, which is a $15,000 stipend

Agnese Haury Graduate Fellowship (Archaeological Dendrochronology)

  • Source:     A gift from Agnese Nelms Haury
  • Eligibility:  Graduate students in the Ph.D. program in the School of Anthropology
  • Purpose:  To provide multi-year support for a Ph.D. student who is interested in using dendrochronological samples from archaeological or historical contexts to address archaeological dendrochronology and past human/environment interactions
  • Funding:  One fellowship awarded for multiple years, including a $20,000 stipend

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

The availability of Graduate Teaching Assistantships is limited by the availability of funding. Graduate teaching assistantships are available only to students who are currently enrolled in the PhD-track graduate program. Graduate students admitted to terminal MA programs are ineligible for Graduate Teaching Assistantships.

Graduate Research Assistantships

All graduate students in the School of Anthropology are eligible to participate in Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) opportunities in the School of Anthropology. GRA’s are generally selected and funded by individual faculty who have obtained external grants and contracts. It is the right of faculty to choose individuals according to their project needs.

Other On-Campus Funding Sources

Graduate College Fellowships

A small number of these fellowships is made available to the School of Anthropology annually and are usually used for recruitment purposes. The fellowships carry a stipend for the academic year plus an out-of-state tuition waiver. Students must be enrolled for at least nine units during each semester in which they hold this award. The award duration is one year. Only students enrolled in the PhD-track graduate program will be considered for Graduate College Fellowships. Graduate students admitted to terminal MA programs are ineligible for these fellowships.

UA Excellence Fellowships

The School of Anthropology nominates one incoming student from each of our subdisciplines for these fellowships, which are awarded by the Confluence Center and the Graduate College. Recipients are awarded $25,000 for one year plus coverage of in-state and out-of-state tuition (fees and student health insurance not included). Only students enrolled in the PhD-track graduate program will be considered for UA Excellence Fellowships. Graduate students admitted to terminal MA programs are ineligible for these fellowships.

Graduate College Funding

The UA Graduate College offers various funding sources for students with regular graduate standing. Some of these funds are allocated to the School; others are available directly to the student from the Graduate College. Information on all available resources can be located on the Graduate College web site http://grad.arizona.edu/financial-resources.

Graduate Tuition Scholarships (GTS)

A limited number of Graduate Tuition Scholarships are allocated to the School of Anthropology once annually, and they can be used to cover either out-of-state or in-state tuition. Enrolled graduate students may request to be considered for one of these scholarships by writing a letter to the Director of Graduate Studies; this letter must disclose all other sources of funding for the requested GTS award period. Preference is given to students in good standing who are not receiving significant amounts of financial support from other sources. Note that students who hold TA positions and RA positions automatically receive out-of-state tuition scholarships for each semester of employment, as well as partial rebates on in-state tuition as part of their position packages. Graduate Tuition Scholarships are only available to students enrolled in the PhD-track graduate program. Graduate students admitted to terminal MA programs are ineligible for these scholarships.

900 Waivers

Students working towards their degrees but not resident in Tucson can reduce their tuition costs by applying for so-called “900 Waivers,” which cover non-resident tuition for one to six thesis/dissertation credits. In-state registration must still be paid by the student.

Graduate and Professional Student Committee Travel Fund

This fund is available for graduate students who have been invited to present papers at conferences. You must apply for the funds before you leave and, if your application is approved, submit receipts detailing expenses when you return. The Graduate College web page at http://grad.arizona.edu/financial-resources posts information on deadlines and forms for applying for this funding.

Additional Funding Opportunities

The University of Arizona’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute (SBSRI) offers seed funding to graduate students. Visit the Institute’s web page (http://sbsri.web.arizona.edu/) for complete current information.

The UA Graduate College maintains a great deal of relevant information at: http://grad.arizona.edu/financial-resources

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