Anthropology Grants and Awards
Lewis N. Cotlow Research Fund
The Lewis N. Cotlow Field Research Fund supports student research in any area of anthropology. Since 1991, it has supported over 200 anthropological research projects by GW students in 55 countries. The Fund was created by a $150,000 bequest from the estate of Lewis Cotlow (1898-1987), an explorer, author, and filmmaker who attended GW.
Jane B. Hart Endowment
The Jane B. Hart Endowment supports a distinguished speakership and two annual awards to undergraduate students: the Hart Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and the Hart Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis. There is one academic achievement award for each of our three major programs (Anthropology, Archaeology, and Biological Anthropology) and there may be up to three thesis awards when there are equally deserving students with different majors.
Rogers Excavation Scholarship
The Rogers Excavation Scholarship provides funding for undergraduate students to do work in archaeology. Preference is given to those participating in an excavation for the first time. This scholarship, administered through the Capitol Archaeological Institute, is made possible by the generosity of alumni Deborah Lehr and John Rogers.
William Warren Endowment
The William Warren Endowment Fund for Fellowships provides funding for undergraduate or graduate students to do work in archaeology, paleontology, and Classics. The money can be used to cover airfare, room and board, and tuition expenses while doing fieldwork.
Ann Gordon Webster Endowment
The Ann Gordon Webster Endowment assists those who are returning to school to pursue graduate studies in anthropology. It honors the memory of a woman who got her master's degree at 50 and then taught at GW for 14 years. Grants are awarded annually on the basis of financial need and potential for making a significant contribution to anthropology.
Mitchell Carroll Endowment
This endowment, created in memory of Mitchell Carroll, is intended to promote archaeology at GW. It is used to support lectures by distinguished visiting scholars.
Funding Outside the Anthropology Department
There are numerous funding sources at GW and elsewhere. They include:
- GW Undergraduate Research Award (combining the former George Gamow and Provost/OVPR Undergraduate Research Fellowships)
- Sigelman Undergraduate Research Enhancement (SURE) Awards to support the scientific, scholarly, and artistic activities of students in all undergraduate programs at GW
For more opportunities for undergraduates, visit the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research. For more opportunities for graduate students, visit the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships.
Archaeological Field Opportunities at GW
GW faculty lead several field programs. There are annual prehistoric archaeology programs in Kenya (Koobi Fora), and Israel (Megiddo and Tel Kabri), and a historical archaeology program in suburban Virginia. Programs in Mexico and elsewhere are conducted some years.
For more information on field programs, see Fieldwork Opportunities.
Other Sources of Funds
There are many outside sources of funding for research and travel. The American Anthropological Association has a useful list of funding agencies and is probably the best place to start. Some of the other organizations that have supported GW anthropology students are:
- The Archaeological Institute of America offers scholarships, fellowships, and grants to AIA members.
- The Society for American Archaeology offers a number of student awards and fellowships.
- The National Geographic Young Explorers Grants "help cover field project costs for hard-working, passionate, creative individuals with great ideas."
- The Explorers Club has a fund for undergraduates and another for graduate and post-graduate students.
- Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research for undergraduate and graduate students "promote scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning."
- The American Schools of Oriental Research provides grant and scholarship support to its members for excavations and for participation in the ASOR annual meeting.
- The Fulbright Program for U.S. Students supports overseas research by graduating seniors, B.A./B.S. degree holders, and graduate students.
- Our doctoral students have received support from the Leakey Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, among others.