The Department of Anthropology is committed to providing support so productive students can move through the program in timely fashion without the distraction of having to hold outside jobs.
Students who are admitted to the program are generally funded with tuition remission and stipends (a combination of fellowships and teaching assistantships) for 4-6 years, assuming continued high academic performance. The stipend for 2015-2016 is $21,625.
- First year students are funded by a fellowship that allows them to focus on their coursework and foundation research for the dissertation project.
- Second- and third-year support is usually in the form of teaching assistantships in conjunction with tuition scholarships
- Students obtain support for their own dissertation fieldwork through national granting agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Program, National Geographic Society, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Training students how to write competitive grant proposals is an important part of the department's graduate program, and students in the program have an outstanding record of winning outside funding (click here to see a list of recent graduate student grants).
- Upon completing their fieldwork, students are supported through teaching assistantships and, if making timely progress towards the degree, be eligible for a University Dissertation Fellowship, which provides a nine-month stipend while the dissertation is being written.
Additional departmental funds are earmarked for other graduate student activities:
- First- and second-year students may apply for summer research funds to conduct the preliminary fieldwork that is often crucial to setting up dissertation projects and obtaining outside funding.
- Students may also apply for travel funds to help defray the costs of attending national conferences where they present research papers.
- Students who are writing papers for publication may also apply to the graduate school for funds for summer support.