Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship

Archaeological Institute of America

Deadline(s): 
Sunday, March 1, 2015

Established in honor of AIA Honorary President Jane Waldbaum, this scholarship is intended to help students who are planning to participate in archaeological field work for the first time. Students majoring in archaeology or related disciplines are especially encouraged to apply. The Scholarship Fund provides $1000 each to help pay expenses associated with participation in an archaeological field work project (minimum stay one month/4 weeks). The scholarship is open to students who have begun their junior year of undergraduate studies at the time of application and have not yet completed their first year of graduate school at a college or university in the United States or Canada. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must not have previously participated in archaeological field work of any kind. The committee will consider both academic achievement and financial need in its deliberations.

AIA scholarships are open to students from all backgrounds. Minority and disadvantaged students are encouraged to apply.

For more information, please contact Deanna Baker, Membership and Societies Administrator.

The Waldbaum Scholarship will be awarded to junior and senior undergraduates and first-year graduate students only.

Application Process

All applications must be made online. The application form will be available in late December. Submissions made via postal mail, fax or any other means will not be accepted. Please review the following Guidelines and Required Information prior to completing the application form.

All applicants must complete the following:

  • Complete online application form
  • Provide names and emails of two references. Your references will receive an email with instructions for submitting their recommendations online. You are responsible for ensuring that both referees have submitted their letters of recommendation online by the application deadline.
  • Send transcripts: Transcripts must be official and include at least two full years of completed college-level work (4 semesters or 6 quarters), not counting AP credits. If you are a transfer student and have attended your current school for less than two years, please submit transcriptsfrom your previous school(s) in order to provide a record of at least two full years of completed college-level work (4 semesters/6 quarters), not counting AP credits. Post-Baccalaureate and first year graduate students must submit both undergraduate and post-graduate transcripts.

Official transcripts must be mailed to: Deanna Baker, Archaeological Institute of America, 656 Beacon St. 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02215. ALL transcripts must be received by the March 1 deadline. All other application materials must be completed online, and received by the March 1 deadline.

Guidelines and Required Information

Applicants must complete the online application form that asks for the following:

  • Information about the project and your anticipated length of stay. Applicant must participate in the project for a minimum of four weeks.
  • A brief essay (300 words or less) in the applicant’s own words explaining why you want to participate in this specific project and how the experience will contribute to your current course of study and eventual career goals.
  • An outline of anticipated expenses associated with participation in the project and a statement from the applicant indicating any other financial resources available or applied for, if any, to help cover these expenses.
  • One or more official transcripts from the applicant’s college(s) or university(ies) that account for at least two full years of completed college-level work (4 semesters or 6 quarters), not counting AP credits. Post-baccalaureate and first year graduate students should also include undergraduate transcripts.
  • The names and emails of two professors or academic advisors at the applicant’s college or university who know the applicant’s work and who are willing to provide letters of recommendation

All application materials including transcripts and letters of recommendation must be received by the March 1 deadline. Incomplete or late applications will NOT be considered by the review committee. Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision no later than April 20, 2015.

NOTE: All applicants must notify Deanna Baker immediately if there are any changes in their application information (i.e. the project you applied for is changed or cancelled; you received funding from other sources; etc.)

In addition to the application, letters of recommendation and transcripts, winners of the scholarship must provide a letter from the director of the project or coordinator of the field school program indicating that the applicant has been accepted for participation. Deadline for receipt of this letter is May 10, 2015. This letter must be on letterhead and signed by the director or administrator of the field project. It must be mailed, faxed, or scanned and emailed to Deanna Baker, Archaeological Institute of America, 656 Beacon St. 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02215. Fax: 617-353-6550, email: dbaker@aia.bu.edu. Final determination of the scholarship winners cannot be made until this letter is received. [NOTE: if one of your letters of recommendation is from the director of the field project and he or she certifies that you have been accepted for participation, this requirement will be considered complete.]

Winners of the Scholarship must agree to submit a final report on their use of the funds and what the experience meant to them no later than 60 days after completion of the field project and to join the AIA at the student membership rate if they are not already members. Final reports will be posted on the AIA's scholarship web page and may be featured in other AIA publications.

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2014 Field School Scholarship Winners Announced
The AIA offers congratulations to the following 2014 Scholarship recipients, who were chosen out of the field of over 100 applicants.

In 2014 we were able to award scholarships to 17 students due to the generous support of the Waldbaum Scholarship Fund and the Von Bothmer Publications Fund. To help support the Waldbaum fellowship program, please contact Jennifer Klahn at 617.353.8709 or jklahn@aia.bu.edu.

Emily Bair

Emily Bair is doing her post-baccalaureate at Kalamazoo College in Anthropology/Biology. She will attend the Bioarchaeology Field School at St. Valery-sur-Somme under the direction of Dr. Megan Moore. Read about Emily's experience.

Kiaya Charlton-Grant

Kiaya Charlton-Grant is a junior at Humboldt State University majoring in Anthropology. She will attend the Belize Archaeology Field School under the direction of Marisol Cortes-Rincon. Read about Kiaya's experience.

Emily Durham

Emily Durham is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh studying Anthropology and English Writing. She will be attending the Tanana Basin Subarctic Archaeological Field School in Alaska under the direction of Dr. Ben Potter. Read about Emily's experience. 

Elena Gittleman

Elena Gittleman is a graduate student at Southern Methodist University studying Art History. She will excavate at the site of Huqoq, Israel under the direction of Dr. Jodi Magness. Read about Elena's experience.

Emily Hails

Emily Hails is a senior studying Anthropology and History at University of British Columbia-Vancouver. She will attend the Central Coast British Columbia Field School under the direction of Dr. Farid Rahemtulla. Read about Emily's experience.

Sarah Janesko

Sarah Janesko a recent graduate of Towson University where she studied Anthropology. She will attend the Archaeology in Annapolis program under the direction of Dr. Mark Leone. Read about Sarah's experience.

Shitong Kang

Shitong Kang is a senior at Colgate University majoring in Classics. He will attend the China Yangguanzhai Archaeology Field School under the direction of Dr. Ye Wa, Dr. Zhouyong Sun, and Prof. Lothar von Falkenhausen.

Michelle Martinez

Michelle Martinez is a junior at University of Cincinnati studying Classics and Classical Civilizations. This summer, she will attend the Kea Archaeological Research Survey under the direction of Dr. Joanne Murphy. Read about Michelle's experience.

Caitlin Miller

Caitlin Miller is a junior at Columbia University where she is studying Evolutionary Biology. She will attend the Astypalaia Bioarchaeology Program under the direction of Prof. Simon Hillson. Read about Caitlin's experience.

Tiffany Montgomery

Tiffany Montgomery is a senior at the University of Arkansas majoring in Classical Studies. She will attend the Azoria Project on Crete directed by Dr. Donald Haggis.

Isabel Morris

Isabel Morris is a junior at Hope College majoring in Classical Studies and Civil Engineering. She will attend the Saint Anselm College Archaeological Excavation Project directed by Dr. David George. Read about Isabel's experience.

Kay Nelson

Kay Nelson is a senior majoring in Anthropology and Chinese Language & Culture at Washington State University. She will attend the Baruun Mukdagiin Am Archaeological Project under the direction of Dr. Zagd Batsaikhan, Galdan Ganbaatar, and Emma Hite.

Jonathan Rocha

Jonathan Rocha is a junior at the University of Texas at El Paso majoring in Anthropology. He will attend the UTEP Archaeology Field School under the direction of Dr. David Carmichael.

Gabriel Sanchez

Gabriel Sanchez is a senior at the University of Oregon studying Anthropology. He will attend the Connley Cave Excavation under the direction of Dr. Dennis Jenkins. Read about Gabriel's experience.

Crystal Stevens

Crystal Stevens is a senior majoring in Anthropology at Oregon State University. She will attend the Cooper’s Ferry Archaeology Field School directed by Dr. Loren Davis.

Arielle Suskin

Arielle Suskin is a senior at Tulane University majoring in Classical Studies and Studio Art/Art History. She will attend the Upper Sabina Tiberina Project under the direction of Dr. Gary Farney. Read about Arielle's field experience.

Henry Upton

Henry Upton is a junior at Kenyon College studying Classics. He will attend the Gabii Project under the direction of Dr. Nicola Terrenato. Read about Henry's experience.

Past Field School Scholarship Recipients

Anna Elise Barnes

Anna Elise Barnes is a junior at Eckerd College where she is studying Anthropology with a minor in biology. She will attend the Promtin Tai project in Thailand this summer, under the direction of Dr. Scott Burnett and Dr. D. Troy Case. Read about Elise's experience.

Jenna Franklin

Jenna Franklin is a junior at the University of Montana where she is studying Anthropology and English. She will attend the Gotland Archaeological Field School in Sweden under the direction of Dr. Dan Carlsson. Read about Jenna's experience. Read about Jenna's experience.

Stephen Guerriero

Stephen Guerriero is a first year graduate student focusing on Ancient Greek and Roman Studies. He will attend the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome’s Via Appia Antica Dig under the direction of Dr. Eric Moormann and Dr. Stephan Mols. Read about Stephen's experience.

Ashlee Hart

Ashlee Hart is a junior at the University of Idaho majoring in Anthropology and History. This summer, she will attend the Balkan Heritage Project’s excavation of Emporion Pistiros, Thrace under the direction of Profs. Alexy Gotsev, Jan Bouzek, and Zofia H. Archibald. Read about Ashlee's experience.

Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson is a senior at Brown University studying Egyptology & Ancient Western Asian Studies. He will attend the Tell Satu Qala excavations in Iraq under the direction of Prof. Wilfred Van Soldt.

Tyler Johnson

Tyler Johnson is a first year graduate student focusing on Classical Studies at the University of Arkansas. This summer, he will attend the Gabii Project in Italy under the direction of Dr. Nicola Terrenato. Read about Tyler's experience.

Kyle Lee-Crossett

Kyle Lee-Crossett is a senior at Stanford University majoring in Archaeology with a minor in English. He will attend the Catalhoyuk Research Project in Turkey under the direction of Dr. Ian Hodder this summer. Read about Kyle's experience.

Elizabeth Neill

Elizabeth Neill is a senior at Dartmouth College majoring in Classical Archaeology modified with History. She will attend the Aigeira project in Greece under the direction of Dr. Walter Gauss.

Quentin Pharr

Quentin Pharr is a junior at New York University majoring in Philosophy and Classical Civilization. He will attend the Yeronisos Island Expedition in Cyprus under the direction of Dr. Joan Connelly. Read about Quentin's experience.

Victoria Yuskaitis

Victoria Yuskaitis is a junior at Lycoming College studying Archaeology and Creative Writing with a minor in Medieval Studies. She will attend the Tel Gezer Excavation and Publication Project in Israel under the direction of Dr. Steve Ortiz this summer. Read about Victoria's experience.

Zannan Zhang

Zannan Zhang is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh studying Anthropology and Communication & Rhetoric. This summer she will be attending the Astypalaia Bioanthropology Field School in Greece under the supervision of Dr. Simon Hillson from the University College London. Ms. Zhang is particularly interested in the growth and development of infant and children's crania. Read about Zannan's experience.


2012: Ethan Aines (Las Positas College; Gotland Archaeological Field School), Morgan Albertson (Brown Univ; Grand Teton National Park Cultural Resource), Patricia Caddy (Vancouver Island University; Slavia Field School), Stephanie Chan (Stanford University; Amache Research Project), Robin Dubin (Scripps College; Kaman-Kalehöyük, Turkey Project), Hailey Duecker (Texas State University San Marcos; Slavia Field School), Raymond Hunter (Iona College; Proyecto de Investigación Arqueológico Regional), Benjamin Jones (Brown University; Liman Tepe Underwater Excavations), Susan Larsen (Western Washington University; Fort Rock Cave Fieldschool), Lauren Ledin (University of Wisconsin-Madison; Archaeological Field Training in China), James Oliver (Fort Lewis College; Achill Archaeological Field School), Jessica Rodkey (Purdue University West Lafayette; Zooarchaeology and Field Ecology Program Eagle Lake, CA), Mahmoud Samori (Columbia University, Stabiae Field School), Ann Vassar (Central Washington University; Mount Rainer Archaeology Field School); Rachel Wall (Proidence College; Chan Chich Archaeology Project)

2011: Ianna Angelo (University of California, Santa Cruz: Betty Hope Archaeological Field School, Antigua), Emily Cook (Columbia University; Vesuvian Area Project, Italy), Geraldine Dobos (University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Antiocheia ad Cragum Archaeological Research Project, Turkey), Danika Jensen (University of Southern California; Ostia Marina Summer Archaeology Field School, Italy), Andrew Nicholl (University of Texas at San Antonio; Maya Archaeology field school, Belize), Leslie Perkins (Humboldt State University, Belize Archaeology Field School, Belize), Emma Thomas (University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Contisuyo Field School, Peru).

2010: Amanda Flannery (Ripon College; Kincaid Mounds excavation, Illinois), Jessica Galea (University of Illinois; Amarna Project, Egypt), Katie Murtough (California State Polytechnic University; Slavia Field School, Poland), Colleen O'Shea (University of Michigan; Khovd Project, Mongolia), Sarah Newman (Brown University; Landscape Succession Project, Guatemala), Jess Senjem (University of Wisconsin; Troy Project, Turkey), Robin Watson (Florida State University; Cetamura excavations, Italy)

2009: Eric Mentges (Ohio State University; Isthmia, Greece), Kaitlin Moleen (Rutgers University; Gabii Project, Rome), Max Price (University of Chicago; Misti Archaeological Project, Peru), Margaret Stack (University of South Florida, Tampa; Project Roatan, Honduras), Alexander Zarley (University of Wisconsin, Madison; Petra, Jordan)

2008: Jacqueline DiBiasie (Washington and Lee University; San Felice in Puglia, Italy), Jacob Morton (University of Colorado at Boulder; Villa of Maxentius in Rome), Renee Pascouau (Central Michigan University; Copacabana, Bolivia), Emily Stevens (Bryn Mawr College; Cycladic Islands, Greece), Sarah Trabert (Kansas State University; Stranger Creek Valley, Kansas)

2007: Sean Burrus (UNC Chapel Hill; Yotvata, Israel), Emily Button (Williams College; Mitrou, Greece), Susan Kooiman (University of Wisconsin-Madison; San Ignacio, Belize), Hillary Pietricola (Bowdoin College; Torano di Borgorose, Italy), and Allen Rutherford (Northern Illinois University; Huaricanga, Peru)