School of Anthropology Residential Scholar

The School of Anthropology Residential Scholar Program is located at its National Register-eligible adobe home, adjacent to the University Indian Ruin (UIR). The UIR is a Classic period Hohokam archaeological site, dating to A.D. 1100-1400, which includes a platform mound and adobe compounds—one of the last platform mound communities still extant in the Tucson Basin.  Located on 13 acres of Sonoran desert in central Tucson, 10 miles from campus, the complex is owned and maintained by the University of Arizona.


Site History:

In 1930, Mrs. Dorothy Knipe donated the initial six acres of the property to the University of Arizona.  Designed to protect the village’s scientific value, archaeological work on the site began that year under the direction of Byron Cummings, founder of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona (then the Department of Archaeology).  While the Department provided protection for resources on the property, it developed a field research station where it conducted archaeological analysis.  With assistance from the Tucson Chamber of Commerce, within a few years another seven acres were added to the property.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began construction on the compound in 1933 and in 1936 it completed a complex consisting of a caretaker’s house, laboratory, and a garage—the latter was converted to a guesthouse.  In 1940, The National Park Service excavated the site, which resulted in Julian Hayden’s 1957 publication on the site.  Emil Haury also excavated at the site, with students coming daily to work in the field and lab. 

One stipulation of the gift is that the site be used to serve the University’s educational goals.  Currently, in the spring, two days a week, our archaeological field school conducts excavations at the site and uses a laboratory building on the grounds.  To better protect the site and to serve these goals, 2009 to 2010, at a cost of a half million dollars, The School completed renovation of the 20th-century residence, laboratory, and guesthouse.


The Residential Scholar Program:

The School of Anthropology invites scholars from all anthropological subdisciplines to apply to the Residential Scholar Program, which offers the scholar residence in the School’s beautifully restored adobe home, consisting of a living room (with a working corner fireplace), kitchen, bedroom, bath, and an enclosed porch that is ideal for a home office.  The scholar will also have Internet throughout the complex and, except for long distance calls, the Program will pay utilities.  During residency, the scholar will be expected to contribute to the teaching mission in the School of Anthropology through a lecture, workshop, or other form of scholarly interaction on University main campus and to give a public lecture at the University Indian Ruin site. 

How to Apply:
Scholars must hold a Ph.D. Proposed residencies are by semesters of fall, spring, summer, or a combination of two or all three. The fall semester starts in August/September; spring semester in January; and summer in May/June. If you are interested in any portion then you should submit your application by March 14th of the previous year as most considerations will be made at that time. After selections are made, should there be any vacancies for the spring and summer semesters then an additional call will be made. An application should include a CV and a letter of interest that explains the contribution the applicant will make to the School’s scholarly community.

Primary Deadline - March 14th (the year prior to residency):
Residency for:
  • Full academic year (can include the following summer)
  • Fall semester
  • Spring semester (can include the following summer)
  • Summer
Secondary Deadlines - (only if there are vacancies in the current academic year):
Residency for:
  • February 28th for the following summer residency only
  • October 31st for the following spring semester residency only
Submission Address:
Residential Scholar Program
School of Anthropology
University of Arizona
PO Box 210030
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ, 85721-0030

or via email to Please note Residential Scholar Program in the subject field.