Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship

Archaeological Institute of America

Deadline(s): 
March 1, 2017

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.

In addition to the regular Waldbaum Scholarships, the AIA-New York Society will sponsor up to one scholarship each year. Along with the stipulations listed above, eligibility for the New York Society Award in the Waldbaum Scholarship is restricted to students studying at a unversity or college within the 5 boroughs of New York City.

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 via the application form by March 1, 2017. The application form will be available in late December 2016. 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 are copies which come from your University's Registrar in unopened envelopes; we must received these in their unopened state. 

Official transcripts must be mailed to: Laurel Sparks, Fellowships - Transcripts, Archaeological Institute of America, 656 Beacon St. 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02215. If your school can provide official transcripts electronically, they may be emailed to LSparks@aia.bu.edu.  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, 2016.

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, 2016. 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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2016 Field School Scholarship Winners Announced
The AIA offers congratulations to the following 2016 Scholarship recipients, who were chosen out of the field of over 100 applicants.

In 2016 we were able to award scholarships to 21 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.

Jeanelle Augustin is a senior at Fordham University studying Anthropology and African American Studies.  She will participate in the Bandafassi Archaeological Survey in Sengal under the direction of Drs. Cameron Gokee, Ibrahima Thiaw, and Matthew Kroot. Jeanelle's scholarship funds were donated by the AIA New York Society. Read about Jeanelle's experience.

Chloe Bergstrand is a senior at Carleton College studying Biology and Archaeology.  She will participate in the Mazi Archaeology Project in Greece under the direction of Kalliopi Papangeli, Sylvian Fachard, and Alex Knodell.

Emily Candell is a junior studying English/Greek & Roman Studies at the University of Victoria. She will attend the Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project under the direction of Brendan Burke. Read about Emily's experience.

Sana Chowdhry is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh studying History with a concentration in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East.  She will attend the NCSU Archaeological Field School in Petra, Jordan under the direction of Dr. Thomas Parker. Read about Sana's experience.

Sophie Cushman is a post-baccalaureate student at Tulane University and the University of Pennsylvania studying Art History and Classical Studies.  She will participate in the Azoria Project in Greece under the direction of Donald Haggis.

Rebecca Deitsch is a junior at the University of Dallas studying Greek and Latin Classical Philology.  She will participate in the Gabii Project Volunteer Field Program in Italy under the direction of Nicola Terrenato. Read about Rebecca's experience.

Ned Fischer is a first-year graduate student at Cornell University studying Archaeology.  He will participate in the Programme for Belize Archaeological Project in Belize under the direction of Dr. Fred Valdez. Read about Ned's experience.

Leigh (Cole) Furrh is a post-baccalaureate student at Emory University studying Classics.  He will participate in the Gournia Excavation Project in Crete, Greece under the direction of Kapua Iao.

Alexandra Noël Grisanti is a junior at Amherst College studying Classics.  She will participate in the American Excavations at Morgantina: Contrada Agnese Project under the direction of Alex Wathall. Read about Noël's experience.

Christian Hall is a junior at the University of California, Berkeley studying the History of Art.  She will participate in Tombs of Aidonia Preservation, Heritage, and Exploration Synergasia under the direction of Kim Shelton. Read about Christian's experience.

Rebecca Herron is a junior at Stetson University studying History.  She will participate in the Dig in the Roman City of Sanisera under the direction of Fernando Contreras Rodrigo.  

Whitney Johnson is a first-year graduate student at Indiana University, Bloomington studying Ancient Art History.  She will participate in the Mochlos Excavation Project in Greece under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Soles. Read about Whitney's experience.

Erica Kinias is a first-year graduate student at Brown University studying the History of Art and Architecture.  She will participate in the Monastic Archaeology Research Project in Bourgfontaine, France under the direction of Dr. Sheila Bonde. Read about Erica's experience.

Eugene Parker is a senior at Mississippi State University studying Anthropology/Archaeology. He will attend the Allendale Chert Quarry Project under the direction of Shane Miller. Read about Pete's experience.

Rachel Pober is a junior at the University of Nevada, Reno studying Geology and Anthropology.  She will participate in the 2016 Cooper’s Ferry Archaeology Field School in Idaho, United States under the direction of Dr. Loren Davis.

Nathaniel Rigler is a senior at the University of California, Berkeley studying Anthropology.  He will participate in the Berkeley-Abiquiu Collaborative Archaeology Project in New Mexico, United States under the direction of Alexandra McCleary. Read about Nathaniel's experience.

Dustin Smith is a junior at Western Kentucky University studying Anthropology and Cultural Resource Management.  He will participate in the Allegheny Valley Project in New York, United States under the direction of Steve Howard.  

Melissa Thurn is a junior at Concordia College studying Classical Studies, Heritage and Museum Studies, and Theatre Arts.  She will participate in the Villa del Vergigno Archaeological Project in Italy under the direction of McKenzie Lewis. Read about Melissa's experience.

Anne Volpe is a junior at Western Michigan University studying Anthropology.  She will participate in the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Field School in Michigan, United States under the direction of Dr. Michael Nassaney. Keep up with Anne and her fellow student's experiences here.

Fabian Waldegger is a student at the University of North Georgia studying History and Anthropology.  He will participate in the University of North Georgia Sicilian Archaeological Field School in Italy under the direction of Dr. William Balco.

Mary Walsh is a senior at the University of Cincinnati studying Anthropology.  She will participate in the Thornton Abbey Project in England under the direction of Dr. Hugh Willmott. Read about Mary's experience.

2015 Field School Scholarship Winners

Thomas Banghart

Thomas Banghart is a senior at University of California, Berkeley studying Anthropology/Society & Environment.  He will attend the Fort Davis Archaeological Field School in Fort Davis, Texas under the direction of Dr. Laurie Wilkie. Read about Thomas's experience.

Kbreeden Waldbaum

Kelli Breeden is a senior at Bryn Mawr College studying Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology. She will attend the Chan Chich Maya Archaeological Field School in Belize under the direction of Dr. Brett Houk. Read about Kelli's experience.

Chapman

Michael Chapman is a senior at the College of Charleston studying Anthropology and Archaeology. He will attend Field School Pozzeveri in Italy under the direction of Clark Spencer Larsen and Gino Fornaciari. Read about Michael's experience.

Talia Chicherio

Talia Chicherio is a first year graduate student at University of Maryland, College Park studying Classics. She will attend the Gabii Project in Italy under the direction of Nicola Terrenato. Read about Talia's experience.

Ferrero

Elena Ferrero is a junior at New York University studying Classics and Art History. She will attend the Yeronisos Expedition in Cyprus under the direction of Joan Breton Connelly. Read about Elena's experience.

Dillon Gisch

Dillon Gisch is a first year graduate student at Stanford University studying Classical Archaeology. He will attend the Poggio Civitate Archaeological Field School in Italy.

SK Gorman

Sarah Gorman is a senior at Old Dominion University studying Art History/Studio Art. She will attend the American Excavations at Morgantina under the direction of Alex Walthall. Read about Sarah's experience.

TM

Tiffany Momon is a first year graduate student at Middle Tennessee State University studying Public History/Public Archaeology. She will attend the Cloverbottom Planation Project in Tennessee under the direction of Dr. Kathryn Sikes. Read about Tiffany's experience.

Morris

Marvin Morris is a senior at University of California, Berkeley majoring in Classical Civilizations. He will attend the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology Field School in Greece directed by Dr. Kim Shelton. Read about Marvin's experience.

O'Rourke

Sean O’Rourke is a senior at University of Lethbridge studying Anthropology and Psychology. He will attend field school in Yukon, Canada under the direction of Norman Easton. Read about Sean's experience.

Joshua Schnell

Joshua Schnell is a junior at Michigan State University studying Anthropology and Religious Studies. He will attend the Maya Culture History Field School in Belize under the direction of Dr. Gabriel Wrobel.

Shockmel

Bryn Schockmel is a first year graduate student at Boston University studying Art History. She will attend the Caere Project in Italy under the direction of Dr. Fabio Colivicchi. Read about Bryn's experience

Emilie Uemura

Emilie Uemura is a senior at Humboldt State University studying Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology. She will attend the Belize Archaeology Field School under the direction of Dr. Marisol Cortes-Rincon. Read about Emilie's experience.

Mieka

Mieka Van Scoyoc is a junior at the University of North Carolina, Asheville studying Classics. She will attend the UNCA Archaeological Field School in Italy under the direction of Laurel Taylor. Read about Mieka's experience.

 

Past Field School Scholarship Recipients


2014Emily Bair (Kalamazoo College, Bioarchaeology Field School at St. Valery-sur-Somme); Kiaya Charlton-Grant (Humboldt State University, Belize Archaeology Field School); Emily Durham (University of Pittsburgh, Tanana Basin Subarctic Archaeological Field School); Elena Gittleman (Southern Methodist Univeristy, Huqoq, Israel); Emily Hails (University of British Columbia-Vancouver, Central Coast British Columbia Field School); Sarah Janesko (Towson University, Archaeology in Annapolis); Shitong Kang (Colgate University, China Yangguanzhai Archaeology Field School); Michelle Martinez (University of Cincinnati, Kea Archaeological Research Survey); Caitlin Miller (Columbia University, Astypalaia Bioarchaeology Program);  Tiffany Montgomery (University of Arkansas, Azoria Project); Isabel Morris (Hope College, Saint Anselm College Archaeological Excavation Project); Kay Nelson (Washington State University, Baruun Mukdagiin Am Archaeological Project); Jonathan Rocha (University of Texas El Paso, UTEP Archaeology Field School); Gabriel Sanchez (University of Oregon, Connley Cave Excavation); Crystal Stevens (Oregon State University, Cooper's Ferry Archaeological Field School); Arielle Suskin (Tulane University, Upper Sabina Tiberina Poject); Henry Upton (Kenyon College, Gabii Project)

2013: Anna Elise Barnes (Eckerd College, Promtin Tai Project), Jenna Franklin (University of Montana, Gotland Archaeological Field School), Stephen Guerriero (Via Appia Antica Excavation), Ashlee Hart (University of Idaho, Balkhan Heritage Project), Peter Johnson (Brown University, Tell Satu Qala Excavations), Tyler Johnson (University of Arkansas, Gabii Project), Kyle Lee-Crossett (Stanford University, Catalhoyuk Research Project), Elizabeth Neill (Dartmouth College, Aigeira Project), Quentin Pharr (New York University, Yeronisos Island Expedition), Victoria Yuskaitis (Lycoming College, Tel Gezer Excavation and Publication Project)Zannan Zhang (University of Pittsburgh, Astypalaia Bioanthropology Field School)

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)