Archaeology Scholarships

Do museum membership cards outnumber credit cards in your wallet? Have you dressed up as Indiana Jones for Halloween at least once in your life? Do you secretly hope to unearth a T-Rex femur when your dog starts digging in the backyard? If so, your love of the past could mean a career in archaeology is in your future.

Don’t don your fedora just yet, though: Do you have any idea how you’re going to pay for the education that will score you a place on a Turkish dig or Arctic exploration? College in general isn’t cheap but when you factor in the cost of a bachelor’s, master’s and possibly doctoral degree to get the job of your dreams, that number inflates considerably. We suggest doing some digging of a different kind…in your school’s financial aid office. Chances are your college will offer at least one university-based archaeology scholarship (here are three if you go to UCLA) and be able to point you in the direction of countless others. For example, the Archaeological Institute of America and GoAbroad.com both award numerous archaeology scholarships, grants and fellowships each year.

Internships and study abroad programs are also excellent ways to gain real-world experience and get some thousand-year-old dirt under your fingernails to determine if archaeology is the right major for you. If you decide it isn’t, there’s no need for the credits you’ve earned thus far to go to waste: You’ve probably already completed many of the requirements for majors in anthropology, biology or history. We’ve listed a few archaeology scholarships below but for additional scholarship opportunities, create a Scholarships.com profile and complete a free scholarship search today.

Boston University’s Noyce Scholarship Program In Math

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Boston University offers scholarships (through the Robert Noyce Program) for talented STEM majors and STEM professionals to become mathematics teachers. Noyce Scholars at Boston University receive 100% tuition support, a master’s degree and initial teacher licensure, and job-placement assistance. Eligible applicants must have an undergraduate degree in mathematics or related field, be legal US [...] More

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/12/2021
  • Amount: $50,000
  • The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work. Application categories are Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy and Outside the Box. Davidson Fellows are honored every year in Washington, D.C. with Congressional meetings and a special reception. Applicants [...] More

Elms College STEM Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Elms College Elm STEM program, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, awards scholarship funds to students who major in STEM fields and attend Elms College full-time. In order to apply, you must be a prospective full-time, first-year student at Elms College; be a prospective major in biology, computer information technology, chemistry, or mathematics, except for clinical [...] More

Gladys Carol Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Gladys Carol Scholarship Program is open to high school seniors, high school graduates, and current undergraduate level students who are United States citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must be pursuing a full-time STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) degree at an accredited, non-profit public or private four-year college or university in the United States. A minimum [...] More

James M. & Erma T. Freemont Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/3/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Freemont Foundation Scholarship Program is available to graduating high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students. Selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, qualified recipients will become Freemont Scholars. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior (must plan on attending a HBCU) or an undergraduate students (must currently attend a HBCU); graduate students are [...] More

National Space Club Keynote Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 12/2/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The National Space Club and Foundation has offered the opportunity for a student to give the keynote address at the National Space Club and Foundation's annual Goddard Memorial Dinner, one of the space industry's most prestigious gatherings. In addition to speaking at the Goddard Memorial Dinner, the individual selected will also receive a scholarship, in the amount of $10,000. The student must [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship is available to graduating seniors from public high schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties in Washington state (and a US citizen). Application forms are only available through these high schools and candidates for the scholarship are nominated by their school each year. Scholarships are renewable for four years of college in the state of Washington. [...] More

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The prestigious program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines who are pursuing research-based [...] More

Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ+STEM Students

  • Application Deadline: 6/6/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • NOGLSTP established the Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ STEM students which are intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or an active ally of the LGBTQ community. One scholarship will go to an undergraduate student, and one will go to a [...] More

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research program has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning. The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from most areas of the [...] More

Smithsonian Minority Awards Program - Internship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $6,500
  • The Smithsonian Minority Awards Program - Internship is offered to underrepresented groups in the in the disciplines of research conducted at the institution, and in the museum field. Eligible applicants must be formally enrolled in an undergraduate or in a graduate program (this includes community college students), and have a 3.0 GPA. Deadlines are February 1 for summer and fall, and October 1 [...] More

The Kress Foundation History of Art Institutional Fellowships

  • Application Deadline: 11/30/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • Advanced training in European art history requires direct exposure to the object of study, prolonged access to key information resources such as libraries and photographic archives, the development of professional relationships with colleagues abroad, and sustained immersion in European cultures. Six pre-doctoral Kress Institutional Fellowships in the History of European Art will be awarded each [...] More

ZONTA Milwaukee Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 6/15/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. With more than 30,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 67 countries and geographic areas, Zontians all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs [...] More

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Last Reviewed: September 2020