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.

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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

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Enacting Curriculum Through Engaging Discourse (EnaCTED) Project (2018-2023) is a collaboration of the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development and the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University and school districts in the Boston area. This program focuses on preparing teachers to design and use high quality mathematics curriculum and discourse-based instruction to support [...] More

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2023
  • 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 must [...] More

Elms College STEM Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2023
  • 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

James M. & Erma T. Freemont Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/4/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • 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. The applicant must be a graduating high school senior who plans on attending an HBCU or an undergraduate student who currently attends an HBCU). Graduate students who are [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • 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: $49,000
  • The National Science Foundation supports fellowships for outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time, research-based masters and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering or math or STEM education. NSF GRFP was established to recruit and support individuals who demonstrate the potential to make significant contributions in STEM. Thus, NSF especially encourages [...] More

Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ+STEM Students

  • Application Deadline: 6/4/2023
  • 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

The Kress Foundation History of Art Institutional Fellowships

  • Application Deadline: 11/30/2023
  • Amount: $30,000
  • The Samuel H. Kress Foundation devotes its resources to advancing the study, conservation, and enjoyment of the vast heritage of European art, architecture, and archaeology from antiquity to the early 19th century. We support the work of individuals and institutions engaged with the appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of the history of European art and architecture from [...] More

ZONTA Milwaukee Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 6/15/2023
  • 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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