Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship

Archaeological Institute of America

March 1, 2019

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. Applicants for the Waldbaum Scholarship who attend a university/college within the NYC area will be considered for the New York Society Award.

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

The 2018 deadline has passed. The 2019 deadline is March 1, 2019. 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. We do accept official electronic transcripts if your university offers them in this version. 

Official transcripts must be mailed to: Laurel Sparks, Fellowships - Transcripts, Archaeological Institute of America, 44 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108. If your school can provide official transcripts electronically, they may be emailed to LSparks@archaeological.org.  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, 2018.

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, 2018. This letter must be on letterhead and signed by the director or administrator of the field project. It must be mailed, or scanned and emailed to Deanna Baker, Archaeological Institute of America, 44 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108, email: dbaker@archaeological.org.  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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2017 Field School Scholarship Winners Announced
The AIA offers congratulations to the following 2017 Scholarship recipients, who were chosen out of the field of over 100 applicants.

In 2017 we were able to award scholarships to 19 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 Bruce Keeler at 857-305-9357 or bkeeler@archaeological.org.

Blair Betik is a junior at Southern Methodist University studying Art History, Anthropology, and Italian. She will participate in the IFR Global: Mohegan Archaeology Project in Connecticut under the direction of Dr. Craig N. Cipolla. Read about Blair's experience.

Shyiesha Carson is a senior at the University of West Florida studying Archaeology. She will participate in the Luna Settlement Expedition in Pensacola, Florida under the direction of Elizabeth Benchley.

Jonas Chang is a senior at Truman State University studying Anthropology and History. He will attend the University of Wyoming Archaeology Field School under the direction of Drs. Todd Surovell and Robert L. Kelly. Read about Jonas's experience.

Amanda Chen is a first-year graduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park studying Estruscan and Roman Art and Archaeology. She will participate in the Dig Umbria Coriglia/Orvieto Project in Orvieto, Italy under the direction of Dr. David George. Read about Amanda's experience.

Donavon Cooper  is a senior at Mississippi State University studying Linguistics and Anthropology. He will attend the Villa del Vergigno Field School in Tuscany, Italy under the direction of McKenzie Lewis. Read about Donavon's experience.

Brandi Delp is a junior at Western Carolina University studying Anthropology with a concentration in Forensic Science, as well as History. She will participate in the Medieval Cemetery Funerary Excavation in Transylvania, Romania under the direction of Dr. Katie Zejdlik-Passalacqua. Read about Brandi's experience.

Philippe Depairon is a senior at the University of Montreal studying Art History. He will participate in the Argilos Excavation in Argilos, Greece under the direction of Jacques Y. Perreault.

Roger Foster is a junior at the University of Texas at Tyler studying Social Sciences. He will participate in the Blue Creek Archaeological Project in Belize under the direction of Thomas Guderjan.

Nathan Katkin is a junior at Columbia University studying Classics. He will participate in the Hadrian’s Villa project in Italy under the direction of Francesco de Angelis and Marco Maiuro.

Flora Kirk is a junior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County studying Ancient Studies with a concentration in Roman History & Archaeology. She will participate in the Roman Provincial Villa Excavation in Transylvania, Romania under the direction of Andre Gonciar. Read about Flora's experience.

Yusi (Katie) Liu is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Classical Humanities and Art History. She will attend the Archaeological Field School at Nemea and Mycenae, Greece under the direction of Kim Shelton.

Kevin McKain is a junior at Temple University studying Anthropology. He will participate in the American Excavations at Morgantina: Contrada Agnese Project in Siciliy, Italy under the direction of Alex Walthall. Read about Kevin's experience.

Rodrigo Moscoso is a junior at the University of California, Berkeley studying History and Classics. He will participate in the Marzuolo Archaeological Project in Tuscany, Italy under the direction of Drs. Astrid Van Oyen, Rhodora Vennarucci, and Gijs Tol.

Novella Nicchitta is a third-year undergraduate at the University of Victoria studying Greek and Roman Studies. She will participate in the Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project in central Greece under the direction of Alexandra Charami, Brendan Burke, and Bryan Burns. Read about Novella's experience.

Nicole Oster is a junior at the University of Georgia studying Anthropology and Classical Culture. She will attend the Colonial and Native Worlds Field School in Florida and Georgia under the direction of Victor Thompson. Read about Nicole's experience.

Eleni Pitses is a fourth-year undergraduate student in a five year program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Archaeology. She will participate in the Polis Region Prehistory Project in Cyprus under the direction of Kathryn Grossman, Tate Paulette, Andrew McCarthy, and Lisa Graham.

Alexis Ruark is a junior at Drew University studying Classics. She will participate in the Vicus Martis Tudertium Project in Umbria, Italy under the direction of John Muccigrosso.

Claire Seidler is a junior at New York University studying Classics – Fine Arts. She will participate in the Yeronisos Island Expedition in Cyprus under the direction of Joan Connelly. Read about Claire's experience.

Aimee Weber is a senior at the University of Arizona studying Anthropology and Geographic Information Science. She will participate in the Boncuklu Project in Turkey under the direction of Drs. Douglas Baird and Andrew Fairbairn. Read about Aimee's experience.

2016 Field School Scholarship Winners


Past Field School Scholarship Recipients

2016: Jeanelle Augustin (Fordham Universtiy, Bandafassi Archaeological Survey; AIA New York Society Scholarship), Chloe Bergstrand (Carleton College, Mazi Archaeology Project), Emily Candell (University of Victoria, Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project), Sana Chowdhry (University of Pittsburgh, NCSU Archaeological Field School), Sophie Cushman (Tulane University, Azoria Project), Rebecca Deitsch (University of Dalas, Gabii Project), Ned Fischer (Cornell University, Programme for Belize Archaeological Project), Leigh (Cole) Furrh (Emory University, Gournia Excavation Project), Alexandra Noël Grisanti (Amherst College, American Excavations at Morgantina: Contrada Agnese Project), Christian Hall (University of California, Berkeley, Tombs of Aidonia Preservation, Heritage, and Exploration Synergasia), Rebecca Herron (Stetson University, Dig in the Roman City of Sanisera), Whitney Johnson (Indiana University, Bloominton, Mochlos Excavation Project), Erica Kinias (Brown University, Monastic Archaeology Research Project), Eugene Parker (Mississippi State University, Allendale Chert Quarry Project), Rachel Pober (University of Nevada, Reno, Cooper’s Ferry Archaeology Field School), Nathaniel Rigler (University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley-Abiquiu Collaborative Archaeology Project), Dustin Smith (Western Kentucky University, Allegheny Valley Project), Melissa Thurn (Concordia College, Villa del Vergigno Archaeological Project), Anne Volpe (Western Michigan University, Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Field School), Fabian Waldegger (University of North Georgia, Sicilian Archaeological Field School), Mary Walsh (University of Cincinnati, Thornton Abbey Project)

2015: Thomas Banghart (University of California, Berkeley, Fort Davis Archaeological Field School); Kelli Breeden (Bryn Mawr College, Chan Chich Maya Archaeological Field School); Michael Chapman (College of Charleston, Field School Pozzeveri); Talia Chicherio (University of Maryland, College Park, Gabii Project); Elena Ferrero (New York University, Yeronisos Expedition in Cyprus); Dillon Gisch (Stanford University, Poggio Civitate Archaeological Field School); Sarah Gorman (Old Dominion University, American Excavations at Morgantina); Tiffany Momon (Middle Tennessee State University, Cloverbottom Planation Project); Marvin Morris (University of California, Berkeley, Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology); Sean O’Rourke (University of Lethbridge, Yukon Field School); Joshua Schnell (Michigan State University, Maya Culture History Field School); Bryn Schockmel (Boston University, Caere Project); Emilie Uemura (Humboldt State University, Belize Archaeology Field School); Mieka Van Scoyoc (University of North Carolina, Asheville, UNCA Archaeological Field School)

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)