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Financial Aid is available from the Department of Anthropology and the University Financial Aid Office. Most departmental stipends also carry a full or partial tuition waiver. Both departmental and non-departmental sources of financial aid are described below.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
Teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and departmental and college scholarships are awarded through the Anthropology Department. General University sources of financial aid (loans, work study, etc.) and related information (tuition, residency, etc.) are available from the University Financial Aid Office.
Continuing students must apply each year for departmental funding and teaching opportunities using the Graduate Student Funding Information form. Letters of recommendation are not required.
Sources of Financial AidTeaching assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. TA stipends are awarded on a per-semester basis (the amount increases yearly) and they come with a tuition waiver. The tuition waiver (called the Tuition Benefit Program, or TBP) has restrictions on registration and numbers of years you may receive it, so click on the TBP link above to make sure you understand the guidelines. If you did not receive assistance during your first year, you are encouraged to apply again. Ph.D. students may receive teaching assistantships for teaching (rather than assisting).
Matriculated students, including those who currently hold financial aid, must apply for these awards by February 1 of each year. They will not be automatically awarded or renewed.
Anderson fellowships are offered through the Department of Anthropology on an occasional basis. Students who submit a departmental financial aid application are automatically considered for this award.
College of Social and Behavioral Science scholarships also help to support at least one Anthropology graduate student each year. Students who submit a departmental financial aid application are automatically considered for this award.
Departmental Seed Grants: The department offers seed grants for students who need preliminary data to improve their chance of obtaining outside funding. Such funding might be required to assess the feasibility of a research project, particularly overseas, or to obtain pilot data. Proposals are due in the sixth week of fall and spring term. The application and selection process is described in this Dissertation Seed Grant Proposals document.
University Research Fellowships: The University offers several fellowships to support graduate research. These include Graduate Research Fellowships ($15,000 plus tuition) for research in any field, the Marriner S. Eccles Graduate Fellowship ($15 ,000 plus tuition) for research on politics, public policy and the economy, and more. Deadlines vary, but are usually in January or February.
External Research Grants: Graduate students are also encouraged to seek dissertation funding from external sources. The chief sources of dissertation support are the NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants in physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, and archaeology, but funds are also available through Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation fieldwork grants, the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright-Hays doctoral dissertation awards, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Travel Funding: Funding is available for travel to conferences, especially if you are presenting a paper or poster. There is usually a better chance of obtaining funding if you apply early in the academic year. There are two main sources of travel funding: the ASUU and the Graduate School.
Anthropology grad students sometimes get teaching positions and assistantships in inter-disciplinary campus programs such as Gender Studies, the Middle East Center, etc. Students with relevant experience should contact these programs directly.