Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program

Thinking about funding your graduate school program? Read on…

This will be of particular interest to 4th year and post-degree students as well as those already enrolled in a master’s program with a significant research component. Eligible students must have achieved a first class average (A-, 3.67/4.33) in each of the last two years of completed study (FTE). While VIU has an award allocation of 3 (2 social sciences; 1 natural sciences), student can apply to up to 5 institutions with an allocation.

The competition for Canada Graduate Scholarship Masters’ (CGS-M) research training awards $17,500 for all topics of research at the master’s level. The Federal agencies supporting these awards are:

  • NSERC – Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • SSHRC – Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • CIHR – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

The objective of this funding program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

The competition is open to prospective masters students and masters students who started their program in 2016 and will have at least 12 months of study remaining in their program as of May 1, 2017.

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • be enrolled in, have applied for, or will apply for full-time admission to an eligible master’s program at a Canadian institution with a CGS-M allocation;
  • have completed, as of December 31, 2016, between zero and 12 months of full-time studies in the master’s program for which you are requesting funding;
  • have achieved a first-class average in each of the last two years of study [at VIU that’s a minimum “A-“, or 3.67/4.33].

Vancouver Island University has been provided a quota of awards from NSERC and SSHRC (VIU does not currently have a CIHR quota). VIU holds the competition to determine which VIU students will receive these awards. The award allocations are:

Funding Agency Research Type VIU’s Award Allocation
NSERC natural science and engineering 1
SSHRC social science and humanities 2

Application deadline: December 1, 2016

The application form and full instructions can be found on the funding program webpage. Also check the VIU website for information specific to VIU’s competition.

If you still have questions, contact Shelley Lumsden, Research Services Manager

CASCA: Richard F Salisbury Award


Eligibility: Applications can be made by any student member of CASCA undertaking doctoral level research in the field of anthropology at a Canadian university. Preference will be given to those who have completed their comprehensive examinations, have approved thesis proposals and are within one year of beginning fieldwork. CASCA recognizes that some eligible candidates may not be studying in anthropology programs, however all candidates must be members of CASCA when making their applications. The intent of the award is to assist with fieldwork expenses.

Criteria: An outstanding academic record and an excellent research proposal with innovative scholarly import and social relevance.

Value: $2000

Deadline: All application materials must be submitted electronically by 1 February 2017 to: Pauline McKenzie Aucoin – CASCA Secretary,

Brunei Darussalam Government Scholarships

The Commonwealth of Learning (COL), working in partnership with the Brunei Darussalam Government, wishes to announce Master’s Degree scholarships for five people from Commonwealth countries, preferably working in Higher Education Institutions or Departments of Higher Education, to study on a full-time basis in Brunei Darussalam for one or two years.

The scholarships are available for programmes commencing in July/August 2016 in three participating institutions in Brunei Darussalam.

  1.  Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD)
  2.  Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA)
  3.  Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB)

Each scholarship covers tuition fees, one return economy air ticket, allowances (personal expenses, food, etc.), and residential accommodation.

Applicants are invited to apply directly to the Brunei Darussalam Government as stated on the Application Form and submit a copy of the complete application package to Dr Godson Gatsha, COL Education Specialist, Higher Education at by 6 January 2016.

For specific details on the terms and conditions of the scholarships, including entry requirements and the application form, click here.

Application deadline: 9 January 2016

Commonwealth Scholarship – India

Here’s a great opportunity for an upper-level undergraduate!  Note that the deadline is December 21, 2015.

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has launched its scholarship competition under the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship Plan 2016-2017. Two scholarships are available to Canadians who wish to study or conduct research in India. The scholarships, which are tenable as of September 2016, provide funding for the full length of academic programs in India at the undergraduate, Master’s or PhD levels. The scholarship for PhD scholars may be renewed for a maximum of five and a half years.

The deadline to apply is December 21, 2015. Please visit  Commonwealth Scholarship Plan – India for full program details.

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) was established in 1959, with the first scholars selected in 1960. The goal of the Plan is to nurture educational links among Commonwealth countries and to strengthen the ideals upon which the Commonwealth was founded. Over 27,000 Commonwealth citizens have held awards – many going on to reach the very highest levels within their profession.

ACOR fellowships in Jordan


Announcement of Fellowships 2016-17

Deadline for all applications is February 1, 2016

Jennifer C. Groot Memorial Fellowship: Up to three awards of $1,500 each to support beginners in archaeological fieldwork who have been accepted as team members on archaeological projects with ASOR/CAP affiliation in Jordan. Open to undergraduate or graduate students of U.S. or Canadian citizenship.

Bert and Sally de Vries Fellowship: One award of $1,200 to support a student for participation on an archaeological project or research in Jordan. Senior project staff members whose expenses are being borne largely by the project are ineligible. Open to enrolled undergraduate or graduate students of any nationality except Jordanian citizens.

Burton MacDonald and Rosemarie Sampson Fellowship: One award for either six weeks residency at ACOR for research in the fields of Ancient Near Eastern languages and history, archaeology, Bible studies, or comparative religion, or a travel grant to assist with participation in an archaeological field project in Jordan. The ACOR residency fellowship option includes room and board at ACOR and a stipend of $600. The travel grant option provides a single payment of $1,800 to help with any project related expenses. Both options are open to enrolled undergraduate or graduate students of Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status.

For more information and to download the application forms:

Websites:   and

ACOR 656 Beacon Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02215

QE II Scholarships — Applications now open!

VIU is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the university’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship program – Building Resilience in Coastal Communities. Upper-year undergraduate and Masters students are encouraged to apply for scholarships to pursue internships, studies, or research related to the program theme in the areas of:

  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Economic Development
  • Water Management
  • Parks and Protected Areas
  • Climate Change
  • Sustainable Aquaculture and Agriculture

QE II Scholarships represent a unique opportunity for experiential learning, the development of cross-cultural understanding and communication skills, and first-hand research or field work experience in an international context.

Full scholarship information and application packages can be found at:

Deadline for applications: Monday, November 23, 2015 (4:00 pm)

CASCA: Richard F Salisbury Award

Here’s information for future reference as it is regarding doctoral level research.


Eligibility: Applications can be made by any student member of CASCA undertaking doctoral level research in the field of anthropology at a Canadian university. Preference will be given to those who have completed their comprehensive examinations, have approved thesis proposals and are within one year of beginning fieldwork. CASCA recognizes that some eligible candidates may not be studying in anthropology programs, however all candidates must be members of CASCA when making their applications. The intent of the award is to assist with fieldwork expenses.

Criteria: An outstanding academic record and an excellent research proposal with innovative scholarly import and social relevance.

Value: $2000

Deadline: All application materials must be submitted electronically by 1 February 2015

To:  Pauline McKenzie Aucoin – CASCA Secretary,

Each application should include:
1. A Salisbury Award application form, signed, with items 2-4 attached
2. A curriculum vitae, including education history, Ph.D. courses, presentations, awards, honours, teaching, grants and publications (up to three pages).
3. A research proposal, including: theoretical framework, research problem/question, methodology, objectives, and social and scholarly significance (two pages).
4. A budget for research, including planned use of Award funds, requests to other sources and funds received to date (one half to one page).
5. Two letters of reference about the applicant’s qualifications and the research proposal, one of which must be from the applicant’s thesis supervisor (these are to be sent directly by the referees).


Phone: __________________________
Email address:____________________
University: _______________________
Year the degree is expected: _________
Member of CASCA: yes____ no_____

Stage of PhD program (with respect to completion of comprehensive exams, approval of thesis proposal, date of beginning of fieldwork): __________________________________

Signature: ______________________________________

1. Make sure your name appears at the top of each page you submit.
2. Field research must be under way during the year beginning 1 May 2015.
3. The Salisbury Award recipient will be announced at this year’s CASCA AGM .
4. Award recipients are expected to present their research at a subsequent CASCA annual conference within two years of receipt of the award. In order to enable this, Salisbury Award recipients may be given priority consideration for a CASCA student travel award to present at the conference.
5. Decisions of the Salisbury Award Committee are final.

Master’s: Application and Common CV Now Available

The Research Portal is now open to receive applications for the Canada Graduate Scholarship Program at the Master’s level. Please note that updated instructions for the application process and the Common CV template are available at:

Master’s Award Competition & Information Sessions

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada and have achieved an A- (3.67) average in each of their last two completed years of study. Furthermore, an eligible graduate program must have a significant research component (original, autonomous research that leads to the completion of a thesis, major research project, dissertation, scholarly publication, performance, recital and/or exhibit). Specific eligibility details will be discussed at the information sessions (see below) and can be found on the CGS-M web page.

Eligible Canadian universities receive agency-specific allocations based on the 2,500 Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) awards available each year. There are 400 CGS M awards available from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), 800 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and 1,300 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Award decisions will be made at the institutions that applicants list on their application. VIU will be awarding one SSHRC CGS-M. University allocations can be found on the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Award Allocations web page.

The application deadline is December 1, 2014.

Students interested in applying should register for a Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s Information Session by e-mailing

At these sessions students will learn about:

  • The agencies;
  • The CGS-M competition;
  • How to apply and prepare an application;
  • The evaluation and selection process; and
  • updates and changes to the program.

SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s Information Session:
Wednesday, September 17th 12:30pm-1:30pm; or 
Tuesday, September 23rd 1:00pm-2:00pm

NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s Information Sessions: 
Thursday, September 18th 12:30pm to 1:30pm; or 
Monday, September 22nd 1:00pm-2:00pm

CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s Information Sessions:
Friday, September 19th 12:30pm-1:30pm; or 
Wednesday, September 24th 1:00pm-2:00pm

Kathryn Jepson is in the RSA Office to help you! Students with questions pertaining to the Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s award program, should contact Kathryn. Second or third year students, who are keen to learn how to  prepare for these scholarships, should also see Kathryn.

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.