SAA Native American Undergraduate Archaeology Scholarship

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

Society for American Archaeology

Number of Awards & Eligibility: One award offered annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for international and U.S. students.
  2. Must enroll in an eligible undergraduate program.
  3. Must pursue studies in archaeology.
  4. Must be of Native American descent. For purposes of this award, this is defined as all Native peoples from anywhere in the Americas, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Indigenous Pacific Islanders.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This scholarship is open to undergraduate students of Native American (defined as all Native peoples from anywhere in the Americas), Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and/or Indigenous Pacific Islander ancestry. Students must pursue studies in archaeology.

Application requirements for the SAA Native American Undergraduate Archaeology Scholarship are:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Budget
  • Documentation of ancestry
  • Recommendation letters (2)
Additional Information: Students do not need to be formally accepted into the program or university at the time of application. However, scholarships will not be paid until the SAA is satisfied that the awardee has been formally accepted into a program or university. Normally, the SAA will arrange to pay tuition and other costs directly to the institution; the balance of the award will be sent to the awardee as a stipend. Students must be enrolled in a regionally accredited university in the United States, or if outside the United States, a university with equivalent accreditation. Applicants are critically evaluated to understand their interest in archaeology and their proposed program, their previous accomplishments, and the contributions the applicant hopes to make to the discipline's future. Scoring is based on the completeness of the application, the coherence and clarity of the personal statement, a reasonable and justified budget, and compelling letters of recommendation about the applicant's past successes and future potential. An individual may only be the recipient of one scholarship in each category: (1) the Native American Undergraduate Archaeology Scholarship, (2) the Native American Graduate Archaeology Scholarship, and (3) the Arthur C. Parker Scholarship/NSF Scholarships for Archaeological Training.

Award Amount: Up to $5,000 annually, non-renewable. The scholarship may be used for tuition, travel, food, housing, books, supplies, equipment, and child care.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $5,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Sunday, December 15

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Sunday, December 15

The application deadline date has not yet been finalized for this year, but is expected to remain the same as last year. The deadline date shown here is tentative based on last year's date. Please check back in October for a refreshed application deadline date.Application forms are available online on the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) website.As part of the completed application, each student must include the following materials: a personal statement of up to two pages, single spaced, explaining why the student is interested in his/her proposed program and archaeology and the contributions he/she hopes to make to the future of archaeology; a proposed budget of up to one page, single spaced, explaining his/her financial need and how funds will be expended; documentation of Native American identity, either evidence of tribal enrollment or certification of Indian status recognized by a government or a statement of up to one page, single spaced, outlining his/her Native ancestry; and two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with his/her academic or work background, at least one of which should be from a current SAA member. Application materials must be sent in a single email to the address provided, and must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on the deadline date.
About Society for American Archaeology:
Contact Information: Josh Caro, Coordinator, Membership and Meetings
Address: 1111 14th St. N.W. Suite 800 Washington, District of Columbia 20005-5622

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