IMS Awards

First Encounter Scholarship for Mesoamerican Fieldwork

This scholarship is established to fund travel to Mesoamerica to conduct preliminary work that may allow students to carry out individual research in the area. Appropriate activities include first visits to research sites, language and/or paleography training, or other preliminary activities that may be essential to the successful completion of individual fieldwork or related research.

Applications for Spring 2021 are CLOSED. To see the complete annoucement click here

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To learn more about the 2021 recipients, click here.

All graduate students formally enrolled in a degree program in the departments of Anthropology, History, or Sociology with research interests in Mesoamerican Studies are eligible for this award.

Three copies of the proposal should be submitted. Proposals should consist of the following:

  • Application Cover Page: available in the IMS office, Arts and Sciences (AS) 233, or available for download here.
  • Project Description: This should be a short description (two to three single-spaced typed pages) of the proposed project. It should describe the research problem, give the theoretical background of the research, specify objectives and methods, provide a statement of the anthropological significance of the project, and state how the research relates to your degree program and other research you have done or plan to do. Please add a bibliography of one or two pages.
  • Schedule and Budget: In one page, provide a proposed schedule of activities, a budget of expenses, and a statement of actual and potential additional sources of funding for the research.
  • Curriculum Vitae: Attach a current curriculum vitae.

Criteria for selection include the scholarly value of the research project, the level of professionalism demonstrated, and the relationship of the project to the student's degree program.