BEADS articles on and SURFACE

To all those interested in beads and/or beadwork, a batch of articles from BEADS: Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers has been uploaded to All articles in Volumes 1-17 have been uploaded to the site.


As well, volumes 1-6 have been uploaded to the Syracuse University SURFACE site.

The Society of Bead Researchers is a non-profit scientific-educational corporation founded in 1981 to foster historical, archaeological, and material cultural research on beads and beadwork of all materials and periods, and to expedite the dissemination of the resultant knowledge.

Digital Media in Cuba – MA in Anthropology

Interested in pursuing a Masters in Anthropology in Digital Media, specifically in Cuba?  If yes, read on; a call out from UVic.

Hello Anthropology students,

Interested in digital media and working in Cuba? Looking for an MA program to apply to?

If you are planning on applying to the University of Victoria Master’s program in our anthropology department (applications due by January 15th 2016 in order to start in Fall 2016) and are interested in working in Cuba, please find attached a call for students to work on Digital Media in Cuba on research project under the direction of Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier.

Why anthropology at UVic? Master’s program in UVic’s Anthropology department. How to apply.

Fieldwork Funding Opportunity – Jacobs Research Funds

The Jacobs Research Funds (JRF) funds projects involving fieldwork with living peoples of North, Central and South America which result in publication or other dissemination of information about the fieldwork. Priority is given to research on endangered cultures and languages, and to research on the Pacific Northwest. Projects focusing on archival research have low priority, but we welcome proposals to digitize, transcribe and translate old materials that might otherwise be lost or become inaccessible. Relevance of the project to contemporary theoretical issues in anthropology and linguistics is also a criterion used in evaluating proposals.

Funded projects typically focus on linguistic analysis, social-cultural anthropology, ethnolinguistics, or sociolinguistics. Especially appropriate are field studies that address cultural expressive systems, such as music, language, dance, mythology, world view, folk taxonomy, art, intellectual life, and religion. Also appropriate are projects focusing on cultural and linguistic forms in modern contexts, for example, traditional environmental knowledge or social organization.

Projects in archeology, physical anthropology, applied anthropology, and applied linguistics (for example, grants exclusively for technological improvements, development of pedagogical materials, etc.) are not eligible for support. It is expected that both the subjects of research and society in general will ultimately benefit from the knowledge generated by the funded research. The Jacobs Research Funds therefore do not support proprietary research for the exclusive use of any entity, public or private (such as national, state, provincial, or local governments; public or private charities, churches or foundations; tribes or bands; or community groups).

Grant categories
1. Individual Grants support research projects administered by a single investigator on a focused problem. The maximum award is $3000 USD or CAD.
2. Group Grants support work by two or more researchers who will be cooperating on the same or similar projects. The maximum award is $6000 USD or CAD.
3. The Kinkade Grants honour the memory of the late Dale Kinkade, a linguist known for his work on Salishan languages. Kinkade Grants support projects requiring an intense period of fieldwork, such as research leading to a major work such as a dictionary, collection of texts, etc. They are intended for experienced researchers, such as Ph.D. students working on dissertations, faculty with sabbatical or other period of course release, or retired professors seeking to complete major research. The maximum award is $9000 USD or CAD.

Grant recipients based in Canada will be funded in Canadian dollars through the Whatcom Museum Society British Columbia.

Application Procedure
Please see:

For any questions on the application process, please contact

Deadline: All materials must be received by February 15th, 2016

Online resources available

For those interested in the cultural and historical aspects of beads around the world and do not have access to BEADS: Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers, the articles in Volumes 1-5 have been uploaded to the website. More will follow in the coming year. Just go to and you will see the list of all the uploaded journal articles as well as a few other bead (and other) studies by Karlis Karklins and others.

If you are interested in embossed and stamped glass bottles, check out Chapter 1 of BOTTLED IN ILLINOIS 1840-1880: Embossed Bottled and Bottled Products of Early Illinois Merchants from Chicago to Cairo.  Go to:

Another resource on glass is the web reference library compiled and created by Ian Macky.  Included are glass artefact catalogs, brochures, etc. as pdfs.  The earliest document is from 1615, with others extending to 1951.

Senior undergrad opportunity – research award

Mitacs Globalink Research Award

Here’s a great opportunity to conduct research abroad, supported with a $5000 award for travel and accommodation expenses, research related expenses, and stipend (award is in the form of a research grant to the student’s Canadian supervisor).  The partner countries: Brazil, mainland China, India, Mexico, and Vietnam.

Review the tabs on Eligibility, How to Apply, and Program Administration.  There is also a FAQs.

Although applications are accepted at any time, the recommended deadline is September 28, 2015.  Applications are submitted directly but they must be reviewed by the university’s Office of Research Services; in this case, VIU’s Research and Scholarly Activity Office.

Smithsonian Fellowship Application

This is for future consideration as the fellowship are for graduate students, predoctoral students, post-doctoral researchers, and senior researchers.  These fellowships are open to non-US citizens!

SI Fellowship Application is now OPEN
Application deadline: Monday, 1 December 2014

Annual Fellowship stipend award rates have gone up. The new rates are:

  • $32,700/year for SI Predoctoral Fellowship
  • $37,700/year for SI Earth Science Predoctoral Fellowship and Conservators
  • $48,000/year for SI Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • $53,000/year for SI Earth Science Postdoctoral Fellowship

In addition to stipend, fellowship applicants can apply for a research allowance of up to $4,000 each year.

Standard Intern and Short-term Visitor stipend rates remain the same:

  • $600/week for Internships
  • $150/day for fellows here for less than 21 days

NSF sources — archaeological support

In general this applies to US citizens (or permanent resident) or students studying at an American institution.

Here are resources compiled by John Yellen, who had met with the presidents of several national archaeology organizations during the SAA meetings to discuss sources of NSF support for archaeological research.

(document date: 6/14)

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to potential applicants to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for funds to pursue either an archaeologically related graduate degree or archaeologically relevant research. Although a Ph.D. is not required for individuals in the latter category, almost always, such is the case. While many US based archaeologists are familiar with the Archaeology Program and the several competitions which it administers, there are multiple other potential sources of support within NSF. Because these can change over time as new competitions emerge and older ones are retired, it is useful to consult the NSF web site, for up-to-date information. Specific instructions for most of the individual competitions discussed below are contained in the form of solicitations which can be accessed on the web site. In addition, potential applicants may wish to consult the NSF Grant Proposal Guide – also available on the web – which describes the grant preparation and application process.

The organization of NSF programs and competitions may best be conceived as a matrix. Arrayed along one axis are programs/competitions which are disciplined-based. These include, for example, Programs in Archaeology, Sedimentary Geology and Palaeobiology, Geography and Spatial Sciences, Ecosystem Science and dozens more. Central to each is the advancement of fundamental knowledge within the intellectual domain under consideration. Crosscutting these are competitions/programs which either pursue more “structural” goals or which are inherently broadly interdisciplinary in their nature. National Graduate Fellowships and the Coupled Human – Natural Systems competitions provide examples of the former and latter respectively.

Although the intent of the list below is to describe potential sources of NSF support, given the range of competitions within NSF as well as the variety of archaeologically relevant activities a researcher might perform, a complete and definitive set is not possible. Thus it can be useful to search through the NSF website and explore. The summaries below are intended as “thumbnail sketches” and potential applicants should consult the relevant section of the NSF website for a more complete description and relevant rules and limitations which apply.

Potential applicants should feel free to contact John Yellen, Archaeology Program Director: (; 703-292-8759)


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(Solication 13-584)
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) provides Fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. An award provides three years of support for graduate study that is in a field within NSF’s mission and leads to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree. The Graduate Research Fellowship stipend is currently $32,000 for a 12-month tenure period, prorated in whole month increments of $2,666. A $12,000 per year cost of education allowance is provided to the institution. During tenure, the institution is required to exempt Fellows from paying tuition and fees normally charged to students of similar academic standing, unless such charges are optional or are refundable. Grantees must attend an institution which has a campus located in the United States and that grants a graduate degree in an NSF-supported field. The student must also be United States citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States by the application deadline.

Archaeology Program Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants
(Solicitation 14-566)
The Archaeology Program administers a competition which provides awards to graduate students (of any nationality) enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a US university for the purpose of conducting doctoral dissertation research. While salary is not permitted most other field and analytic expenses, including per diem during periods away from a home institution are eligible costs. The maximum award is $20,000 in direct costs plus allowable university indirect cost overhead. The applicant must justify the significance of the research within an anthropologically relevant archaeological context. Proposals may be submitted at any time. Informal notification of outcome is normally provided within ca. 3 months.


Senior Research Awards
The Archaeology Program holds a twice yearly competition to provide support for senior investigator anthropologically relevant archaeological research. Proposals are evaluated by both specialists selected specifically for expertise in the applicant’s subject area and by a broadly composed panel of anthropological archaeologists. There are no priorities either by topic, geographic region or time period. Both field and laboratory work is supported. Grants normally are two to three years in duration. In the US Government fiscal year 2014 (FY14) the average award (including both direct and indirect costs) was approximately $178,000 with individual grants ranging from $48,872 to $349,964 in size.

Archaeometry Awards
The Archaeology Program conducts an annual “archaeometry” competition to fund projects either to develop/refine anthropologically relevant archaeometric techniques and/or support laboratories which provide relevant services. Examples of the former include the development of methods to identify specific types of organic residues on ceramics and pre-treatment of samples for radiocarbon analysis. Service laboratories such as the University of Missouri nuclear reactor and the University of Arizona dendrochronology facility provide examples of the latter. Awards in this competition are normally for two to three years and in FY14 ranged in size from $89,868 to $207,879 in size. The average grant was ca. $179,120 in size.

High Risk Research in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology (HRRBAA)
(Solicitation 08-523)
This program is designed to permit the submission of high-risk, exploratory proposals that can lead to significant new anthropological knowledge. Because of a highly competitive environment, proposals that have both a high risk of failure and the potential for significant payoffs are less able to compete with standard research proposals. This program is designed to provide a mechanism whereby risky proposals with a great potential for advancement of the discipline can compete for funding. The risk involved in such endeavors must significantly exceed that associated with regular archaeology research projects. “Risk” in this context refers to risk of project failure and not risk of site destruction. The competition is also not intended to provide “start up” grants. Maximum awards are limited to $35,000 in total cost and proposals may be submitted at any time.


Arctic Social Sciences Program
(Solicitation 13-592)
The Arctic Social Sciences Program funds both doctoral dissertation and senior level research across the broad range of NSF supported social sciences. The focus, as the name implies, is on the Arctic. Both doctoral dissertation and “senior” grants are provided and the types of research, both doctoral and senior, which are supported by the Archaeology Program can also be considered through Arctic Social Sciences. The two Programs often jointly review proposals.

Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS)
(Solicitation 12-614)
The Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS) competition promotes the conduct of interdisciplinary research by teams of investigators in the social and behavioral sciences. Emphasis is placed on support for research that involves researchers from multiple disciplinary fields, that integrates scientific theoretical approaches and methodologies from multiple disciplinary fields, and that is likely to yield generalizable insights and information that will advance basic knowledge and capabilities across multiple disciplinary fields. The competition, held in FY13 and 14 has a once yearly deadline and has a number of specific eligibility rules. It provides two sizes of awards, one to large interdisciplinary teams with a maximum, award size of $1,000,000 and a smaller maximum award of $250,000 for Interdisciplinary Team Exploratory Projects. Projects which include archaeologists and biological anthropologists, cultural anthropologists or geographers provide several examples of what would fit well within the IBSS framework.

Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH)
(Solicitation 10-612)
The Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) Program supports basic research and related activities that enhance fundamental understanding of the complex interactions within and among natural and human systems. CNH focuses on the complex interactions among human and natural systems at diverse spatial, temporal, and organizational scales. CNH seeks to advance basic knowledge about the system dynamics — the processes through which systems function and interact with other systems. CNH-supported projects must examine relevant natural AND human systems. Proposals cannot focus solely or largely on one aor the other. . Projects also must examine the full range of coupledinteractions and feedbacks among relevant systems. Proposals are considered within three categories: “Large Interdisciplinary Research Projects”: $500,000 – $1,500,000; “Interdisciplinary Team Exploratory Projects: $150,000 – $250,000; Research Coordination networks $250,000 – $500,000. A number of archaeologists have been funded through this competition and the NSF web site contains a list of awards.

Major Research Instrumentation (MRI)
(Solicitation 13-517)
MRI is an NSF wide once yearly competition which provides instrumentation which falls beyond the financial range of that normally supported by regular research awards. There are multiple competition specific rules regarding proposal types, number of allowable submissions per institution, allowable costs and institutional matching funds. Thus it is important to consult the solicitation. Awards are made to purchase a single instrument or tightly integrated instrument system. Archaeologists and biological anthropologists have received support through this competition for the purchase of large instruments such as mass spectrometers.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates – Sites (REU-Sites)
(Solicitation 13-542)
The REU competition has two components: supplements to active awards and “Sites.” The REU program, through both Sites and Supplements, aims to provide educational experiences for undergraduate students through participation in research. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. “Sites” requests are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. Proposals may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. REU Sites proposals within the social and behavioral sciences are evaluated together and compete for funds as a single group in an annual competition; individual disciplinary programs (such as Archaeology) do not play a role in the process. Archaeology field schools have been funded through this completion since they can provide an excellent context for hands on research and education. Within this context it is the educational contribution rather than the direct contribution to archaeological knowledge which is of prime importance. As for many other competitions there are a series of competition-specific rules and it is important to read the solicitation carefully.

NSF International Science and Engineering (ISE) Section
(On the NSF home page, click “Quicklinks”, “Organization List”, “Office of International and Integrative Activities”, “International Science and Engineering (ISE))

NSF recognizes that international collaboration is crucial for the long term advancement of science and through a range of activities conducted either solely through ISE or in cooperation with other NSF programs, it provides support to encourage both graduate students and senior researchers to participate at an international level. The ISE home page contains a listing of a number of opportunities, many of which are potentially relevant to archaeologists.

Advancing Informal STEM Learning
(Solicitation 14-555)
NSF provides funding to improve methods for informal science education and practical examples – as long as they can be justified within the context of method improvement – are eligible for consideration. Such examples might include museum exhibits. To be successful it would be important to include not only a substantive component – what the viewer would learn about a specific site or culture – but also a more theoretically oriented educational component. This often necessitates collaboration with an education specialist. Potential applicants should consult the “Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) web site on the NSF web site. It contains links to webinars and award lists.

National Park Service E-Library

The NPS Electronic Library is a portal to thousands of electronic publications, covering the cultural and natural history of the National Park Service and the national parks, monuments, and historic sites of the U.S. National Park System.  Included are a variety of NPS newsletters (e.g., Common Ground, Heritage Matters, Preservation Tech Notes), publications (e.g., BAE Bulletins, Reports of the Chaco Center, Urban Ecology), and more. was created by two individuals who have a passion for the National Park System: Dr. Harry A. Butowsky and Randall D. Payne.  Both have extensive experience working and volunteering, respectively, with the NPS.

For National Park Service resources from the official website, go to: