Application Guidelines for
Graduate Student Research Awards and Conference Travel Awards
Applications will be considered simultaneously by a single committee with representatives from all three subfields.
Research Awards can include funds for equipment, travel to fieldsites, data collection, and data analysis including laboratory costs. All projects awarded funding must demonstrate compliance with campus IRB and other relevant ethical or legal guidelines before funds will be disbursed; they will also need to demonstrate appropriate permissions (e.g. permission to access relevant museum collections). Applications for any amount up to $1500 will be considered, and ranking will be done based on the academic merit of the application.
Conference Travel Awards are meant to help cover travel (airfare, other transportation, lodging), registration fees, and other related expenses for an academic meeting where the student will be presenting a paper or poster. Applications for any amount up to $500 will be considered. Priority will be given to students who are presenting for the first time or who have significant roles in the conference/workshop.
Eligibility: All current graduate students in the Department of Anthropology are eligible to apply as long as they have attained a 3.5 or higher GPA for all graduate level anthropology courses and their progress reports are up-to-date with the graduate school. Eligible students can apply every year, but those who have had a Research Award or Conference Travel Award in the past two years will be given lower priority for the type of award they received than those who have not.
For Research Awards submit the following:
- A 500-word proposal that includes a description of the activities for which you are requesting funding.
- A brief budget including a clear written explanation and justification for all requested funds.
- A brief (one paragraph) statement justifying your need for the requested funds including where else you are seeking funding (if applicable).
- A current CV.
For Conference Travel Awards please submit a PDF document containing (1) the conference you are attending, (2) the title and abstract of your presentation/poster, (3) the acceptance status of your paper/poster, (4) a statement justifying your need for the requested funds including where else you are seeking funding (if applicable), and (5) a current CV. Please note that travel funds will only be given if your paper/poster is accepted.
Please send your application materials to Christine Hudson firstname.lastname@example.org as one pdf file with your name and the name of the award (Research Award or Conference Travel Award) in the title. Please direct any questions on eligibility or requirements to the Director of Graduate Studies at email@example.com.
The deadline for Research Awards will be February 15th annually. Deadlines for Conference Travel awards will be twice a year on September 15th and February 15th. Decisions will be made by March 15th and October 15th respectively. Applications for Research Awards must be made before funds are needed. Applications for Conference Travel Awards should be made before funds are needed where possible, but will also be accepted at the first deadline after the conference if details were not available at the previous deadline.
Sources of Funding
Funds for Research Awards may be drawn from the Gelvin, Wilson, or Wood funds or from funds earmarked by the Department of Anthropology for student research. The H. Clyde Wilson Opportunities for Excellence in Cultural Anthropology Fund was set up by Betty Wilson in honor of her husband Clyde, a longtime faculty member, and is meant to support research by students in cultural anthropology. The W. Raymond Wood Opportunities for Excellence in Archaeology Fund was set up by Dr. Raymond Wood and supports archaeological research by graduate students. The Dorothy (Dot) Tompkins Gelvin, Ph.D., Memorial Scholarship Fund was set up by Bruce Gelvin, an alum of our department, to honor the memory of his wife, Dot Gelvin, also an alum of our department, and is intended to support MU graduate students pursuing advanced training in biological/physical anthropology.