Field Experience

Summer field experiences are an opportunity to work under a Stanford faculty member on an archaeological dig.

Stanford undergraduates who are interested in archaeology have a unique opportunity to participate in summer field experiences. Each of our field experiences is part of one of our faculty members' ongoing research projects, and is a deep dive into the realities and complexities of archaeological fieldwork. 

Field experiences take place over 4-6 weeks of the summer quarter (depending on the project), and are not offered for credit. Application deadlines vary by field experience.  


Acceptance to a Stanford Archaeology field school comes with funding for eligible expenses subject to the budget of the project. Housing, daily meals, and materials used on-site will be fully covered by the project. The Archaeology Center will issue a stipend to students to purchase flights based on the costs of flights to and from their field site. Students will be informed of the stipend limit prior to booking. Per university policy, the Archaeology Center does not pay for personal travel outside the dates or locations of field experiences. 

Students who are accepted to remote field experiences will also receive stipends (the exact amount to be determined by VPUE at the time of the project).

Funding is generously provided by VPUE. Students who plan to participate in an archaeology field school or full-time summer project with the Archaeology Center cannot receive a major grant or a Chappell-Lougee scholarship within the same academic year as their field school.

Field experiences are open to all undergraduates except graduating seniors. Specific requirements vary by field experience.