Stanford University

Faculty Research Support

The Stanford Archaeology Center provides several programs designed to support and enhance faculty research. Current programs include:

Seed Grants: Initiative for Transdisciplinary Archaeology (rolling applications)

During 2021-2022 and 2022-2023, a total of six $10,000 seed grants will be awarded to support new archaeology programs that are jointly led by a team of two or more Stanford tenure-line faculty with appointments in at least two different schools (Humanities and Sciences; Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences; Engineering; Medicine; Law; Education; Business; and the new school focused on climate and sustainability). 

The term “program” is intentionally flexible. Examples of proposed programs could include workshops, conferences, development of co-taught and jointly listed courses, and/or research.

Applications will be accepted starting January 15, 2022, and will be reviewed by the Stanford Archaeology Center Director on a rolling basis until all six grants are allocated.

Highest priority will be given to programs that include plans for sustained, ongoing engagement in archaeological teaching and research across two or more Stanford schools, and to those that establish pathways for faculty, research staff, and students outside H&S to become directly involved in the Stanford Archaeology Center through our courses, labs, and other programming. “High risk/high reward” experimental collaborations are welcome, as are programs aimed at relationship-building in anticipation of future collaborations.

  • Applications must be made by teams composed of tenure-line and tenured faculty. Programs involving lecturers, post-docs, and students are encouraged as long as faculty team leadership is central.
  • At least one member of the faculty team should be a current affiliate of the Stanford Archaeology Center. Other faculty team members should indicate whether they are interested in requesting affiliation.

Proposals should include:

  • Cover sheet with program title and faculty team members’ names, schools, and departments
  • Program description (1 page)
  • Anticipated outcomes (1 page)
  • Schedule of proposed work (½ page)
  • List of other program participants, with affiliations
  • Budget (1 page). If other sources of funding have been secured or are pending, please list them and indicate which specific expenses the SAC Initiative for Transdisciplinary Archaeology would cover.


Seed Grants: Workshops and Conferences

The Stanford Archaeology Center (Center) will provide seed funding of $5,000 each for two workshops or conferences during each academic year. Proposals should be submitted to Diane Davis (dkdavis [at] (dkdavis[at]stanford[dot]edu)) by February 15 of the preceding year.

  • Some or all of the workshop or conference will be held at the Stanford Archaeology Center.
  • Top leadership for the workshop or conference includes faculty, lecturers, postdocs, and graduate students currently affiliated with the Center.
  • The workshop or conference is open to Center affiliates at no cost (closed sessions are allowed as a minor component of the overall program).
  • The workshop or conference plan demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion in archaeology.
  • Contribution to advancing the mission of the Center.
  • Involvement of Center affiliates at all ranks and from multiple departments.
  • Opportunities for student and post-doctoral leadership and professional development. 
  • Innovation in subject matter or format.
  • Cover page: 
    • Workshop or conference title
  • Name(s) and email(s) of the proposer(s) 
  • Anticipated conference dates and times
  • Projected total number of attendees
  • Narrative proposal (no more than 1-2 pages) that describes:
    • Conference or workshop topic
    • Conference or workshop format
    • Expected outcomes or impact of the conference or workshop
  • Participant list (names, titles, affiliations, and roles)
    • Indicate which participants are confirmed and which are planned
    • Include both Stanford and non-Stanford participants
  • Facilities and Staff Support. 
    • Describe planned use of Center facilities
    • List requests, if any, for conference/workshop support from SAC staff 
  • Budget
    • Provide an estimate of total budget, list of current and proposed funding sources, and an itemized budget of how Stanford Archaeology Center funds will be used.
    • Examples of allowed expenses include wages for student assistants; participant travel and lodging; catering; honoraria for keynote speakers; AV services; accessibility enhancements; and transcription services. Other expenses may also be considered; please consult with Diane Davis (dkdavis [at] (dkdavis[at]stanford[dot]edu)).


Subvention: Open Access for Faculty Publications 

Along with the ethical imperative of fostering access to research results and advancing education and collaboration, Open Access is shown to dramatically increase readership and citations, especially when publication is enhanced by a strategic communication plan.

Faculty and lecturers wishing to request a subvention to defray the costs of Open Access publishing can email the Director. Include the title and abstract of the article, where it will be published, and a communication plan. Typically, the best time to request a subvention is right after the article has been accepted for publication, but requests are welcome at any time during the publication process. 

Components of the communication plan might include press releases (please consult with Joy Leighton [joy.leighton [at] (joy[dot]leighton[at]stanford[dot]edu)] at Stanford Communications), keynote conference talks or invited guest lectures, editorials, website or podcast interviews, guest blog posts, social media, email blasts to relevant list-serves or networks, and posting on prominent bibliographic websites (e.g.,, ResearchGate, etc.)

Priority will be given to publications that meet one or more of the below criteria; however all requests will be considered fully.

  • Requests from assistant and associate faculty
  • Requests with cost-sharing, especially for Open Access fees exceeding $1,500
  • Peer-reviewed journal articles
  • If co-authored, the lead author is a Stanford Archaeology Center affiliate
  • Publications that will appeal to a broad audience 
  • Publications that have high potential for classroom adoption
  • Publications in journals with high citation indices
  • Publications in journals associated with member-based professional associations (e.g., American Antiquity, American Anthropologist, AJA, etc.)

Publications receiving a subvention must include the following credit or acknowledgement: “Open Access for this article was funded by the Stanford Archaeology Center Director’s Fund.”


Funds for Undergraduate Research Internships

The Stanford Archaeology Center, in conjunction with the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, will fund up to five quarter-long undergraduate internships per academic year. The goal of this program is to provide opportunity for undergraduate students to work closely with faculty members on different aspects of their research.

Each SAC faculty can apply for up to two quarters of funding per year. The funds can then be used to hire two part-time student interns in one quarter, or one part-time student intern for two quarters.  Student interns work a maximum of 10 hours per week receiving up to $1500 per quarter. 

Mentor Applicant Eligibility

  • Mentor must be a member of the academic council or an approved staff lecturer (Co-mentoring may be provided by other faculty, academic staff, artists-in-residence, post-doctoral scholars, or advanced graduate students as appropriate, and should be clearly described in the proposal)
  • Mentors must have their own active research or creative agenda 
  • Mentors must be available to provide consultation, training, and advice throughout the project timeline.

Application Deadline: May 14, 2023 for first priority, then applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

Application Requirement: Submit a project proposal authored and submitted by faculty and/or staff with faculty oversight to Diane Davis dkdavis [at] (dkdavis[at]stanford[dot]edu).