2 graduate students working with bone specimens in an anthropology lab


Understanding how to analyze and compare human cultures has almost limitless applications to our interconnected world, from advising on policies that affect migrants to preserving precious relics of human history. The GW Department of Anthropology’s innovative graduate programs offer expertise in many branches of anthropology and take advantage of the resources available in the nation's capital.

Graduate students can get involved through our sophisticated lab facilitiesCenter for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology and fieldwork trips around the world. Students also benefit from the department’s century-long scholarly relationship with the Smithsonian Institution.

With a low student-to-faculty ratio, students can find mentors with expertise in Mesoamerica, maritime archaeology, gender and feminist studies, displaced and migrant populations, post-conflict reconstruction and more.



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Research Assistantships

Faculty who have current research grants may offer assistant jobs, generally with specific requirements. Contact faculty directly to inquire.

Graduate/Teaching Assistantships

PhD students are given preference over MA students for open teaching assistant positions, which include a stipend, salary and tuition award. However, MA students are regularly invited by faculty to apply for salary-only graduate assistantships


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