Grants & Awards

The AIA’s mission includes supporting and promoting archaeological research and its dissemination. To that end, the AIA offers a variety of scholarships, fellowships, and grants for excavation, research, publication, and site preservation. Scroll down for a list of our grants, application requirements, and deadlines.

Each year, the Institute also presents a number of awards to archaeologists, educators, authors, and others whose work has had a positive impact on the field of archaeology.

Want to find other opportunities? We have included a lists of grants and fellowships from non-AIA sources. Click here to view.

AIA Awards

Anna Marguerite McCann Award for Fieldwork Reports - New

Deadline: May 1, 2020

The award committee will recommend a report on fieldwork (e.g. excavation and/or survey) that it deems most worthy of recognition each year.

Felicia A. Holton Book Award

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Graduate Student Paper Award

Deadline: December 1, 2020

James R. Wiseman Book Award

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Martha and Artemis Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award

Deadline: September 15, 2020

Granted to those AIA members who, through their sustained and exceptional volunteer efforts, have furthered the work of the Institute and increased public awareness regarding its mission


Anna C. & Oliver C. Colburn Fellowships

Deadline: January 15, 2022

To support study at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Harriet and Leon Pomerance Fellowship

Deadline: November 1, 2020

To support a project relating to Aegean Bronze Age archaeology.

Helen M. Woodruff Fellowship of the AIA and the American Academy in Rome

Deadline: November 1, 2020

To support a Rome Prize Fellowship for the study of archaeology or classical studies every other year.

John R. Coleman Traveling Fellowship

Deadline: November 1, 2020

To honor the memory of John R. Coleman by supporting travel and study in Italy, the western Mediterranean, or North Africa.

Olivia James Traveling Fellowship

Deadline: November 1, 2020

For travel and study in Greece, Cyprus, the Aegean Islands, Sicily, southern Italy, Asia Minor, and Mesopotamia.

The Archaeology of Portugal Fellowship

Deadline: November 1, 2020

To support projects relating to the archaeology of Portugal

C. Brian Rose AIA/DAI Exchange Fellowships

AIA Fellowship for Study in the U.S.

Deadline: November 1, 2020

DAI Fellowship for Study in Berlin

Deadline: November 30, 2021

The Archaeological Institute of America and the German Archaeological Institute (Deutsches Archeologisches Institut) offer reciprocal study fellowships. The program encourages and supports scholarship on various aspects of archaeology and promotes contact between North American and German archaeologists.


AIA-NEH Grants for Archaeological Research - New

Deadline: October 15, 2020

The AIA-NEH Grants for Archaeological Research will provide multiple small grants for traditional fieldwork and also for post-fieldwork studies. Grants are open to AIA members and non-members. Projects can focus on any region of the world.

Julie Herzig Desnick Endowment Fund for Archaeological Field Surveys

Deadline: November 2, 2020

The Herzig Desnick Fund provides grants specifically dedicated to exploratory archaeological field surveys, especially for early stage work.

Richard C. MacDonald Iliad Endowment for Archaeological Research

Deadline: November 2, 2020

This grant will be awarded to projects that support research in regions that supply context to the study of Troy and generally help elucidate the Trojan War and its impact on ancient Mediterranean civilization. This can include but is not limited to Anatolia (modern Turkey), southeastern Europe, the Aegean and Crete during the third to first millennia B.C.E.

Site Preservation Grant

Deadline: November 2, 2020

The Site Preservation Program provides grants of up to $15,000 to support innovative projects that aid in the preservation of threatened archaeological sites.

The Ellen and Charles Steinmetz Endowment Fund for Archaeology

Deadline: November 2, 2020

The Steinmetz Fund will support innovative uses of technology in archaeological research.

The Kathleen and David Boochever Endowment Fund for Fieldwork and Scientific Analyses

Deadline: November 2, 2020

The Boochever Fund will support field and laboratory research.

Publication Grants

Samuel H. Kress Grants for Research and Publication in Classical Art and Architecture

Deadline: November 1, 2020

These grants fund publication preparation, or research leading to publication, undertaken by professional members of the AIA.

The AIA Publication Subvention Program

Deadline: November 1, 2020

This program offers subventions from the AIA's von Bothmer Publication Fund in support of new book-length publications in the field of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan archaeology and art history.

Scholarships & Travel Grants

Anna Marguerite McCann Diversity Student Travel Grants - New

Deadline: September 15, 2020

These grants are meant to assist undergraduate or graduate students who qualify under the category of “underrepresented minority” with their travel expenses to attend the AIA Annual Meeting.

Elizabeth Bartman Museum Internship

Deadline: April 1, 2021

A scholarship established in honor of AIA Honorary President Elizabeth Bartman to assist graduate students or those who have recently completed a master's degree with the expenses associated with participating in a museum internship either in the United States or abroad.

Graduate Student Travel Award

Deadline: November 15, 2020

These grants are to assist graduate students presenting papers at the AIA Annual Meeting with their travel expenses.

Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2021

A scholarship established in honor of AIA Honorary President Jane C. Waldbaum to assist students with the expenses associated with participation in archaeological field schools

Society Awards

Foot Soldier Award

Deadline: November 10, 2020

This award recognizes dedicated members who provide years of service in multiple capacities at the Local Society level.

Golden Trowel Award

Deadline: July 1, 2020

The Golden Trowel Award honors the society whose membership proportionally increases the most during the past fiscal year (July 1st to June 31st).

Lecture Flyer and Website Contest

Deadline: November 10, 2020

Every year the AIA rewards the societies that produce the best flyer and website, as communicating information to the public about upcoming events is one of the main goals of each society.

Life Saver Award

Deadline: November 10, 2020

This award recognizes those individuals who persevere and show that even when things go wrong, it can all work out right!

Society Grants

AIA Society Outreach Grant Program

Deadline: April 6, 2021

The AIA Society Outreach Grant encourages AIA societies to undertake activities such as a teachers' workshop, a kids' archaeology fair, a symposium or event in a local library, or other project that promotes archaeology and the AIA's objectives for local community outreach.

International Archaeology Day Grants

Deadline: September 15, 2020

Grants for AIA Local Societies for International Archaeology Day

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