The Julie Herzig Desnick Fund will provide grants to archaeologists to start new archaeological survey projects. The awards are intended for projects involving field survey on the ground or a combination of field survey and remote sensing methods, rather than those based entirely on satellite imagery or other remote sensing data. Geophysical survey projects are also eligible. While all are encouraged to apply, preference will be given to archaeologists at an early stage in their careers (within 8 years of the receipt of the PhD).
Projects may concern any location in the world and any time period. Each project should make innovative use of technology, and the fieldwork proposed should be designed to address important questions about the human past. In 2017, the Herzig Desnick Fund will be combined with the AIA Fieldwork Fund, for a total award of up to 5,500 USD.
Applicants must be AIA members in good standing, with a PhD in archaeology or a related field, and are expected to have an academic affiliation. Applicants should also be the primary permit holders for the project proposed; if the applicant is not the primary permit holder, the application should be accompanied by a letter of support from the primary permit holder. Awardees must have the permit in hand before funds will be disbursed.
Awardees will be expected to submit a photo and project description for inclusion on the AIA website at the time the award is made, as well as a formal report to the AIA at the conclusion of the award period. This report should include a brief illustrated summary, written for a general audience, that can be published on the AIA’s website. It is expected that the research results will be published promptly according to a plan approved by the AIA, and awardees are expected to submit poster or fieldwork abstracts for presentation at the Annual Meeting (submissions will be evaluated in the general pool, and acceptance is not guaranteed).
Submission should be made through the online form available on the AIA website. This form will require professional information about the applicant; a statement of the geographic coverage of the project, including both a verbal description and the coordinates of the corners of a bounding-box that covers the specific survey area; a project title and abstract (no more than 200 words); information about the permits and co-direction (if applicable) of the project; a description of the publication plan; for projects that will generate digital data, a brief data management plan explaining how the spatial or other data collected will be maintained, shared, and archived; a statement of the applicant’s qualifications to carry out the project (no more than 500 words); and a bibliography of no more than 10 relevant works.
The applicant must also provide a detailed, itemized account of the full project budget, with the expenses to be covered by the Herzig Desnick Fund specifically described and explained and other sources of funding identified. NOTE: AIA funds CANNOT be used to cover overhead or PI salaries, and the Herzig Desnick Fund supports survey exclusively (no expenses for excavation, conservation, or laboratory analysis). Some examples of allowable expenses: transportation to or at the area of study; lodging and food expenses in the area of study; relevant equipment (GPS receivers, surveying devices, cameras); professional fees; satellite imagery; software licences. The budget should be prepared using this template and uploaded as a separate document through the online application form.
The applicant should also prepare the following separate documents, to be submitted as attachments through the online application form:
Proposals will be reviewed according to the following criteria (roughly in this order of importance):