Scholarships, Fellowships, Academic Internships, and Grants: Anthropology

This guide is designed to assist members of the Eckerd College Community in identifying scholarships, grants, academic internships, and fellowship opportunities.


List three to five questions that you think reflect questions that guide the overall intellectual inquiry of this major.

  • Are you interested in the cultural and biophysical diversity of humans in the world?

  • Are you interested in helping to solve social and environmental problems using a variety of intellectual approaches -- humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences?

  • Do you think it is important to combine both qualitative and quantitative approaches to understand the world?

  • Are you interested in gaining hands-on research experience or an immersive cultural experience?

List five approaches to mastering the intellectual skills and tools for problem solving that could be used in this major.

  • Language study

  • Critical analysis of texts

  • Qualitative and quantitative data analysis

  • Fieldwork and international travel

Scholarships and Fellowships

AAA Awards (available to members)

The Archaeology Division (AD)
Student Diversity Travel Grant
Established in 2004, these grants are intended to increase participation in AAA sessions and in archaeology more widely by students from historically under-represented populations. Students in archaeology are encouraged to apply for these travel grants to help defray costs associated with attending the AAA meeting. Archaeology students with disabilities are also eligible for this grant. Up to four grants, of up to $600 each, will be awarded.

Student Membership Award  
The Archaeology Division (AD) seeks to support student membership in the AAA and in the AD to maintain and strengthen the representation of archaeology within the AAA.The AD will award the next year’s membership in both AAA and AD to up to 20 students who present archaeological papers or posters at the annual meeting. This award has a value of between $75 and $135, depending on a student’s AAA membership status. All students who present an archaeological paper or poster at the annual meeting are eligible to apply for this award. Up to three awards will be allocated specifically for undergraduates.

Association for Africanist Anthropology (AfAA)
AfAA Undergraduate Student Paper Award
The prize will be awarded to the best undergraduate paper in Africanist anthropology.

Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA)
SHA Presidents Award for Undergraduate Student Writing
Undergraduate submissions need not be conference papers. A committee drawn from current, past, and incoming SHA Presidents will judge the papers on originality, creativity, clarity of writing, and most importantly, contribution to humanistic anthropology.

Association for Feminist Anthropology (AFA)
Sylvia Forman Prize
AFA is pleased to invite graduate and undergraduate students to submit essays in feminist anthropology in competition for the Sylvia Forman Prize, named for the late Sylvia Helen Forman, one of the founders of AFA. The winners, one graduate student and one undergraduate student, will receive a certificate; a cash award ($1,000 graduate and $500 undergraduate); and have their essay summaries published in the Anthropology Newsletter.

Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA)
Annual Student Essay Prize
The Society for Linguistic Anthropology holds an annual student essay competition at both undergraduate and graduate levels. In order to be eligible for one of these awards, the applicant must have been either a graduate or undergraduate student in a degree-granting program when the paper was written; must be the sole author of the paper; and must submit the paper no more than two years after it was written.

Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA)
Condon Prize for Best Student Essay in Psychological Anthropology
The Society for Psychological Anthropology each year awards the Richard G. Condon Prize for the best student essay (graduate or undergraduate)in psychological anthropology. The winner is awarded a year's membership in the Society and publication of the paper in Ethos (after appropriate revision as necessary).

Society for the Anthropology of Work (SAW)
June Nash Student Travel Award 
The June Nash Student Travel Award is now available to students who present papers on SAW reviewed panels.

The Middle East Section (MES)
The MES Student Paper Prize
The MES proudly sponsors an annual paper prize for students in anthropology and related disciplines. Established in 2002, the MES Student Paper Prize includes a cash award of $500, ideally to help defray the costs of travel to the annual AAA conference, and recognition at the Middle East Section meeting at the conference. Papers from current undergraduate or graduate students on any aspect of Middle East anthropology will be evaluated according to originality, significance, use of data, and quality of writing.

National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA)
The Carrie Hunter-Tate Award
The award honors the memory of this former officer of the National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA). To honor the spirit with which she dedicated herself to the profession of anthropology, NASA has established the “Carrie Hunter-Tate Award,” to be bestowed upon student anthropologists with similar enthusiasm for service to the profession.



Carter Center 
For more than 20 years, the Carter Center Internship Program has provided more than 2000 interns with a rewarding complement to classroom experience, enhancing participants' educations and careers in the field of public service. Undergraduate Students need to have completed at least two years of study by the start of the internship.  For example, qualified candidates within the United States will have a minimum of 60 credit hours earned toward their bachelor's degree. 

Center for Strategic and International Studies
CSIS offers full and part-time internships in the fall, spring and summer for undergraduates, advanced students, and recent graduates who are interested in gaining practical experience in public policy.

Earthwatch Institute
Earthwatch Institute’s mission is to promote sustainable conservation of our natural resources and cultural heritage by creating partnerships between scientists, educators and the general public. To realize this mission, Earthwatch Institute has three recognized areas of focus: Research, Education and Conservation.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Internship opportunities for college and graduate students interested in careers in art museums. Based upon their academic training and interests, as well as the availability of projects, interns work in one of the Metropolitan's departments—curatorial, education, conservation, administration, or library. Most projects require a strong knowledge of art history.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Undergraduate students can apply for summer internships working in one of the Museum's departments.  Interns work directly with Museum staff conducting research, designing and building exhibits, preserving or restoring artifacts, or developing educational materials. 

National Park Service
There are thousands of opportunities for high school, college, and graduate school students to work with the National Park Service. Many of these jobs are filled at the park level but others are advertised and recruited nationally by the National Park Service or in partnership with several national organizations.

The Washington Center 
The Washington Center brings students in a wide range of majors from universities to the U.S. capital city and abroad for full-time academic internship programs.




Albright Institute of Archaeological Research(Jerusalem) 32 fellowships in Near Eastern studies from prehistory through the early Islamic period, including the fields of archaeology, anthropology, art history, Bible, epigraphy, historical geography, history, language, literature, philology and religion and related disciplines.


American Antiquarian Society Fellowships(Worcester, MA) One- to 12-month fellowships for research in American history, art and culture through 1876. 


American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowships  Two fellowships in Congress to increase and improve interaction between scientists, including those in psychology, and policy makers.  


American Association of University Women American Fellowships  Fellowships supporting women finishing research for publication.


American Center of Oriental Research Fellowships(Aman, Jordan) Fellowships in all areas of the humanities and the natural and social sciences which contribute to scholarship in Near Eastern studies.


American Council of Learned Societies  Fellowships for humanities and social sciences, and interdisciplinary work, but notfor pedagogy, translation, or most travel.


American Institute of Indian Studies(India) Research fellowships up to nine months in anthropology, ethnomusicology, history, performing arts, political science, religious studies, and urban planning of India.


American Philological Association(Munich) One fellowship in residence with the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae Institute on Latin language and culture from the classical period through the early Middle Ages. Requires reading knowledge of German and advanced competence in Greek.


American Philosophical Society

            Library Resident Research Fellowship(Philadelphia) One- to four-month resident fellowships to use the society’s collection to researchthe history of American science and technology and its European roots, as well as early American history and culture (not Philosophy).

            Franklin Research GrantsSmall grants to young scholars intended to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge.


American Political Science Association  

  1. Congressional Fellowshipsfor political sciencecommunications, and health policyscholars
  2. Centennial Center for Political Science & Public Affairs(Washington, D.C.) Up to one year resident visiting scholar in all areas of political science. External funding helpful.  Some funds available for scholars pursuing Latino/political sciencecomparative electoral politicswomen and politics, the American presidency, or public administration.
  3. Additional political science funding sources


American Psychological FoundationOne-year $5,000-20,000 grants supporting research, education, and intervention projects and programs that on the connection between mental and physical health to ensure well-being;

1   Reducing stigma and prejudice to promote unity and harmony;

2   Understanding and preventing violence to create a safer, more humane world; and

3   Supporting programs that address the long-term psychological needs of individuals and communities in the aftermath of disaster.


American-Scandinavian Foundation(Scandinavian countries) Support for one year of research or study relevant to Scandinavian countries in all fields. Command of host country language expected.


Andrew Mellon Foundation

  1. Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships Academic year fellowships for tenure-track faculty in humanities and social sciences.

2.    Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars (Stanford or Can Marino, CA, Chicago, Cambridge or Worcester, MA, Research Triangle Park, NC, Princeton, Washington, D.C., Rome or Florence, Italy) Academic year fellowships in humanities and social sciences at participating national research centers.


Archaelolgical Institute of AmericaFellowships, grants and scholarships open to members of the institute.

1.    German Archaeological Institute Fellowship for Study in Berlin(Berlin) Fellowships for archaeologists who wish to use the library of the German Archaeological Institute for their research.

2.    Anna C. & Oliver C. Colburn Fellowship(Athens) Up to one year of support for research at the American School of Classical Studies.

3.    Helen M. Woodruff Fellowship of the Archaeological Institute of America and the American Academy in Rome(Rome) Archaeological and classical studies.

4.    Olivia James Traveling FellowshipFor travel and archaeological study in Greece, Cyprus, the Aegean Islands, Sicily, southern Italy, Turkey or Mesopotamia.

5.    Archaeology of Portugal FellowshipFor research, colloquia, symposia, publication and travel pertaining to the archaeology of Portugal.

6.    Archaeological Institute of America Site Preservation GrantOne- to three-year grant to maximize global preservation, outreach, and best practices for impact on local community, students, and discipline of archaeology as a whole.

7.    Publication Preparation GrantFunding to assist in final analysis, writing, and preparation for publication of the results of research so that, by the end of the second year under the grant, a completed manuscript (article or monograph) will be submitted for publication.

8.    Archaeological Institute of America Publication Subvention ProgramSupport of new book-length publications in the field of Classical Archaeology, defined as Greek, Roman, and Etruscan archaeology and art history. 


Asian Cultural CouncilGrants tailored to the needs and objectives of scholars in traditional and contemporary arts, archaeology, architecture, art history, arts administration, arts criticism, conservation, crafts, dance, design (not commercial), film, installation, literature, museology, music, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, theater, and video.


AT&T Technology & Environment Awards Program 

Grants for interdisciplinary research (1) to understand how Information and Communications Technologies (e.g. mobile connectivity) can affect the environment; (2) to understand how businesses can apply research findings related to ICT products and services to operate with less environmental impact and (3) to produce university faculty and students who can contribute to solving global and regional environmental problems.


Black Metropolis Research Consortium(Chicago) Short-term fellowships to provide access to archives and collections for artists and scholars in African American and African diasporic culture, history, and politics.  


James McKeen Cattell Fund Fellowshipssupplement sabbatical pay (up to $37,500) for psychology scholars.


Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering EducationSenior fellowshipsto research improvements in engineering education.


Chiang Ching Kuo Foundation  (Taiwan) Support for scholars from the American region for research,sabbatical funding, matching funds for conferences, and subsidies for publicationson Chinese Studies in the humanities and social sciences.  Preference to collaborative projects with counterparts in Taiwan.


Council for International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright Scholars)800 awards for research worldwide.


Guggenheim Memorial Foundation  Six to twelve month fellowships for mid-career faculty across the arts and sciences, though not for artists who interpret other people’s work (yes for composers or choreographers, no for performers or directors of compositions or choreography).


Institute for Advanced Study  (Princeton) One term to multi-year visiting member fellowships in history of arts and sciences (combining humanistic disciplines, from socioeconomic developments, political theory, and modern international relations, to the history of art, science, philosophy, music, and literature), math, and natural and social sciences.  


Italian Academy at Columbia University Resident Fellowships(New York) One- and two-semester resident fellowships to pursue studies in cultural memory in global society, including scientific and technological connections and the neuroscience of cultural memory. 


Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace  (Washington, D.C.) Ten month resident fellowship to reflect and write on pressing international peace and security challenges.


Kluge Center at the Library of Congress(Washington, D.C.) Resident distinguished chairs and fellowships for up to one year for research in all areas of the arts and sciences.  Topic-specific funds include astrobiologypolitical economyforeign policy and international relationshealth and spiritualityAmerican studiesethics and American history, and folklife studies


Lady Davis Fellowship Trust Visiting Professorship(Israel) Visiting professorship in any field of study at Hebrew University.  Applicants must be full or associate professors AND be sponsored by a member of Hebrew University faculty.


Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities Bogliasco Fellowships(Genoa, Italy) One-month fellowships in archaeology, architecture, classics, dance, film/video, history, landscape architecture, literature, music, philosophy, theater, and visual arts. The Center also occasionally awards named fellowships in music, visual arts, dance, literature, and music.


McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience Technical InnovationSupport for interdisciplinary research to enlarge the range of technology available to monitor, manipulate, analyze, or model brain function at any level, from molecular to entire organism.


Princeton University James Madison Visiting FellowshipOne year visiting fellowship in constitutional law and political thought.


Property and Environment Research Center(Bozeman, MT) free market environmentalism.

            Julian Simon Fellowshipfor policy-oriented research on natural resource and environmental conservation.

            Lone Mountain Fellowshipto research the role of markets and property rights in protecting and enhancing environmental resources. 


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study(Cambridge, MA) One year residential fellowships for research in the humanities and social sciencescreative arts, and natural sciences and mathematics.  Opportunities for group applications and cluster studies.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows  (Washington, D.C.) Health care policy fellowship with a residential experience in Washington, DC, with additional support for continued health policy leadership development activities for up to one year for mid-career health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and healthcare.


Rockefeller Foundation Residencies(Bellagio, Italy) Month-long residencies for 12 scholars from all academic disciplines to explore topics relevant to improving life for the poor worldwide OR one to three month residencies and fellowships for fine and literary artists whose work is inspired by global or social issues.  


Russell Sage Foundation(New York, NY) Ten month residential fellowship in social science.


School of American Research(Santa Fe, NM) Nine month residenciesfor scholars who have completed their research and analysis in the social sciences, humanities, and Native arts and who need time to reflect, debate, and write.  Of these, oneis specifically geared to scholars of Native American heritage.  There is also a two month summer residencyfor three scholars in the social sciences, humanities, or arts.


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Scholars in Residence Program(New York) Six-month residency for research and writing on the peoples of the African Diaspora, which may include social and hard sciences if the work contributes to the humanities.


Social Science Research Council

            Abe FellowshipThree to twelve months of support for research explicitly focused on policy-relevant and contemporary issues with a comparative or transnational perspective that draw the study of the United States and Japan into wider disciplinary or theoretical debates.

            Drugs, Security, and Democracy FellowshipThree to twelve months of support for research on organized crime, drug policy, issues of governance, and associated topics across the social sciences and related disciplines.

            Islamic Traditions and Muslim Societies in World ContextsSmall grants to support public engagement by academic experts on Islamic traditions and Muslim societies.

            Van Alen Fellows ProgramPeriodic grants for social sciences and architecture to support work on the intersection between social dynamics and the built environment.


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Fellowships(Washington, D.C.) Three- to nine-month fellowships to support significant research and writing about the Holocaust.


United States Institute of Peace

  1. Grantsfor peace studies, including models for prevention and resolution of conflict, the roles of women, religion, economics, or the media, or social, psychological, and physical impacts of war. 
  2. Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship(Washington, D.C.) Ten month resident fellowship to reflect and write on pressing international peace and security challenges.
  3. Additional Fellowshipsfor senior visiting, unpaid guest, Afghan, and Iraq scholars.


University of Ottawa Institute of Women's Studies(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) Visiting scholar for one academic year for a feminist researcher to pursue study in an interdisciplinary, bilingual environment and share research with university.


William T. Grant FoundationDistinguished fellows program to promote exchange among researchers and policy-makers whose work affects and improves the lives of young people.

Summer Program

Dear colleagues and friends

Please find below our call for scholarship applications. The Off The Beaten Track program, with 12 years and 24 editions on its counter, now is the longest standing cultural anthropology field school in the world.This year we are proud to make the program more accessible due to a sizable scholarship fund.

We primarily rely on word of mouth communication about our program, so it is of great help to us if you would share this information with students and anyone else who may be interested. We attached a .pdf brochure for easy disseminiation.

More information on the project can be found on:

And of course you can contact me personally if you have any further questions.


Sam Janssen 
Program Director

Off The Beaten Track 2018
Summer Field School for Anthropologists and Social Scientists


This call is aimed at budding researchers with creative and open minds towards the challenges of applied research. We offer a unique learning opportunity in a multidisciplinary research project on the isle of Gozo, Malta. Expeditions and the University of Leuven offer a 20.000 euro scholarship fund to cover part or all of the tuition fee for the 2018 Malta Summer School. Scholarships are granted on a competitive basis, based on a research proposal.

Call directed at
• Undergraduate and graduate students
• PhD students
• Everyone with a genuine interest in cultural anthropology 
• Previous participants of the project

Selection is not based on academic merit, originality or complexity. We aim for enthusiasm, dedication and creativity. In the past years even students who were not enrolled in an anthropology program received scholarships for the project.

Selection Procedure
Candidates are invited to propose two or more creative research concepts that can be built upon fieldwork performed during one session of the summer school on Gozo (Malta). From these proposals, the scholarship review board will select 15 candidates to work out a more detailed research plan within a deadline of two months (January/February). These 15 proposals will be ranked and scholarships will be divided according to this ranking. The top ranked proposals will be granted a full scholarship, others will receive a partial scholarship. None of the scholarships include airfare from and to Malta.

How can I apply for this initial selection?
• Send us two or more research concepts.
• 150-250 words per research concept.
• Submitting can only be done through this online form. 
• The deadline for submissions (first stage) is January 5th, 2018.
• Please visit our website for more detailed information.

Please note that the number of students accepted in the program is limited. Scholarships will be granted only after the completion of the selection procedure, while registration is open to non-scholarship participants. In case you wish to join the project even if you do not receive a scholarship, we advise to register through the regular procedure as early as possible since non-scholarship slots are usually filled by the end of December.


Attachments area


Alaska Anthropological Association

Promotes public awareness and education of anthropological activities and goal, and fosters sympathetic appreciation of the past and present cultures of Alaskan people.

American Anthropological Association (AAA)

Information on AAA's mission, history, and activities. With news, program overviews, and a staff directory.

American Anthropological Association of Children and Childhood

Interest group devoted to promoting the development of anthropological scholarship focusing on children and childhood.

Anthropology Graduate Student Union at Toronto

Provides a platform for discussion, communication, and discussions of understanding humankind.

Anthropology of Japan in Japan (AJJ)

Organization created to facilitate a multilingual forum for anthropologists and other like-minded scientists in Japan.

Anthropology Student Union

Organization serves the needs and interests of undergraduate and graduate students, provides forum and encourages communication.

Anthropology Students' Association (ASA)

University of Toronto organization representing the concerns of students of Anthropology programs. Provides academic services and a variety of events.

Association for Political and Legal Anthropology

Organization devoted to the ethnographic exploration of politics, law, and other related topics.

Association of Black Anthropologists

Presents the Association's history, officers, and members. With journals and information on the conferences hosted.

Association of Feminist Anthropology

Aims to address the impact of globalization on women and their place in the society.

Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa New Zealand (ASAANZ)

Official ASAANZ website presents the association's constitution, code of ethics, officers, membership, and affiliations.

Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology (CAPA)

Organization of students, young scholars, and leaders who share common interest in the field of physical anthropology.

Florida Anthropological Society

Statewide anthropology and archaeology organization. Site provides information on membership, officers, chapters, and meetings.


Independent consortium of scholars provides discussion on anthropology in Europe.

International Association for Southeast European Anthropology

Interdisciplinary organization composed of scholars involved in studying the present and past social and cultural processes that manifest in the modern beliefs and practices of southeastern Europe.

Lambda Alpha

National collegiate honors society for anthropology with the goal of recognizing the academic achievements of anthropology students.

National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA)

Represents the interests and concerns of graduate and undergraduate anthropology students. Also promotes anthropologists-in-training. Site presents the NASA bylaws, history, list of officers, and student resources.

Northeastern Anthropological Association (NEAA)

Association that serves as a support platform for anthropologists at all career levels and sub-fields.

Radical Anthropology Group

Provides weekly lectures for everyone interested to learn more about anthropology.

Royal Anthropological Institute

Association promotes public understanding of anthropology, and its contribution to public affairs.

School for Advanced Research

Provides dynamic environment for study about human culture, evolution, history, and creative expression.

Society for Economic Anthropology

Group dedicated to exploring the connections between economics and social life. Information on membership and activities presented.

Society for Medical Anthropology

Provides newsletters in the latest medical anthropology news, academic resources, job opportunities, awards, history and a discussion board.

Society of Anthropology in Community Colleges

Presents organization reports, meeting minutes, and pictures. With anthropological computer, topical, and pedagogical resources.

Southwestern Anthropological Association

Organization in the industrial and non-profit sector recognizes the value of anthropology to policy, research and development.


Nonprofit international organization supports the integrated protection, maintenance, and restoration of the biocultural diversity of life.

Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists

Association profile including information on membership, events, anthropology news, awards and programs.

World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA)

Network of national and international anthropological groups committed to promoting international communication and cooperation in the field of anthropology.

More funding--Digs


404 ASOR Dig Fellowships and Excavation Grants Awarded Since 2007

In the summer of 2007, ASOR renewed its emphasis on providing funding grants and fellowships that allow individuals to participate in excavations in the Eastern Mediterranean. Since 2007, ASOR has awarded 404 researchers and students with excavation grants and fellowships through the DeverHarrisHeritageMacAllisterMeyersMeyers/WrightPlattSheelerStrange/Midkiff, and Member Supported Fellowships.