Expanded Discretionary Graduate Aid Program

In order to address the needs of PhD archaeology students whose research and degree progress has been impacted by COVID-19, the Stanford Archaeology Center is temporarily expanding our discretionary grad aid program. The expanded program includes three components:

  1. Field Research Funding
  2. Teaching/TA Fellowship
  3. Dissertation Fellowship (N.B. this will be the last round for this Covid-related funding)
  4. SUAC Project Assistantship (New!)

PhD archaeology students may apply concurrently to multiple components to develop a coherent program of support. Contingent on the continuation of current annual program funding, we expect to offer expanded discretionary grad aid from January 2022 - August 2024. Final awards will be made after verification of student eligibility and coordination with students’ home departments to avoid conflict or overlap with departmental funding and internal and external funding awards.

SAC Graduate Award for Field Research

Supplemental field research funding addresses critical path dissertation research expenses that are not covered through department funding or other internal or external sources. Retroactive reimbursement of already expended funds and conference costs are not eligible. Eligibility and Application Process:

  • All PhD archaeology students are eligible for funding
  • The Award amount is based on demonstrated need. Except in extremely unusual circumstances, total per-student supplemental research funding may not exceed $5,000 per year or $10,000 total over the course of the degree program.
  • Submit Application by the 4th Friday of each quarter during Spring 2022 – Summer 2024.
    • Update: Apps Due Spring 2024 -5th Friday of the Spring Quarter

Application:

Please submit all material in PDF format

  1. Cover sheet with name, contact information, and home department
  2. Description of research activities for which funding is requested, including schedule If the funding application addresses research delays due to Covid-19, include one paragraph describing the delay and how the proposed research will resolve this issue (no more than 1 page).
  3. Line-item budget and justification (no more than 1 page)
  4. List of other funding sources (MUST apply to at least 2 other non-departmental funding sources/applications, OR provide a one-paragraph justification explaining why other funding sources are not available for this need).
  5. A short (1-2 paragraph) email of support from a faculty advisor that specifically addresses this proposal.

 

SAC Teaching/TA Fellowship

The Stanford Archaeology Center – Teaching/TA Fellowship provides one-quarter of graduate aid and allows graduate students to teach/TA an existing course or, design and teach a new course that enhances the Archaeology Major and Minor curriculum.

Eligibility and Application Process:

  • Ph.D. candidates who are entering Year 5 or above
  • First-time applicants will be given priority
  • Submit the application by the 4th Friday of Spring Quarter of each year.
    • Update: Apps Due Spring 2024-5th Friday of the Spring Quarter

Application:

Please submit all material in PDF format

  1. Cover sheet with name, contact information, and home department
  2. Titles and descriptions of 2 to 3 proposed courses
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy (typically 1-2 pages; may be adapted from other applications)
  4. CV
  5. A short (1-2 paragraph) email of support from a faculty advisor that specifically addresses this proposal
SAC Dissertation Fellowship

The Stanford Archaeology Center - Dissertation Fellowship is a new program to support advanced Ph.D. candidates whose dissertations address issues of archaeology and heritage. Applicants may apply for one or two quarters in a given academic year.

Eligibility and Application Process:

  • Ph.D. candidates entering year 6 or above who have exhausted departmental funding and who have applied for at least two additional sources of fellowship support.
  • Priority is given to Ph.D. candidates students whose degree progress has been impacted by Covid-19.
  • Students who have previously received 2 quarters of Archaeology Dissertation Fellowship support are not eligible to reapply.
  • Submit application by the 4th Friday of the Spring Quarter of each year. 
    • Update: Apps Due Spring 2024- 5th Friday of the Spring Quarter

Application:

Please submit all material in PDF format

  1. Cover sheet with name, contact information, and home department
  2. Dissertation description (500 – 1000 words; may be adapted from other fellowship applications) 3. Timetable for the completion of your degree, including a schedule of work and outcomes for the proposed fellowship quarter(s). If degree progress has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please include a paragraph describing the delay and how this fellowship will support degree completion (up to 1 page)
  3. CV
  4. A short (1-2 paragraph) email of support from faculty advisor that specifically addresses this proposal.
SUAC Project Assistantship

The Stanford University Archaeology Collections (SUAC) is a museum-style collection of over 100,000 archaeological, anthropological, and contemporary folk art objects from around the world. Through its mission of “connections through collections,” SUAC models best practices in the ethical stewardship of cultural heritage collections and celebrates the power of material culture to bring people together and inspire innovative thinking. Through exhibits (both physical and digital), stand-alone courses, pedagogical partnerships, and research programs, SUAC is an established resource for teaching, research, and public engagement on campus and beyond. SUAC requires the support of one or more graduate research assistants this Autumn Quarter to develop its public outreach program. Candidates should possess strong organizational skills and an interest in archaeology, museum studies, K-12 education, or community engagement.

The research assistant(s) will:

  • Review California and national teaching standards
  • Conduct collections research 
  • Review scholarship in object-based pedagogy and other related literature
  • Formulate and create K-12 teaching modules
  • Foster relationships with community and descendent groups

Eligibility and Application Process:

  • All PhD archaeology students are eligible for funding
  • Submit application to Dr. Danielle Raad,  Curator and Assistant Director of Collections (raad [at] stanford.edu (raad[at]stanford[dot]edu)) by the 4th Friday of Spring Quarter of each year. 
    • Update: Apps Due Spring 2024- 5th Friday of the Spring Quarter

Application:

Please submit all material in PDF format

  1. Cover sheet with name, contact information, and home department
  2. A brief expression of interest and related experience.  (no more than 1 page).
  3. CV
  4. A short (1-2 paragraph) email of support from faculty advisor that specifically addresses this proposal.

Other Funding