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Department of Anthropology College of Arts and Sciences
One Discipline, Four Fields

Funding Opportunities

Departmental Funding

(For more information on graduate funding, see the page for the Anthropology Research Office)


All applicants to the graduate program are automatically nominated for a range of fellowships funded by various sources at IU. Each year, a few incoming students receive this type of funding, often with generous stipends, tuition remission, and health insurance. Similarly, a number of advanced students in Anthropology typically receive IU teaching, dissertation writing or research fellowships as well. (Please note: many fellowships do require separate applications, such as FLAS, FFTF, and others listed at the bottom of this page.)

David C. Skomp Endowment Awards:

David C. Skomp, a 1965 graduate of the Department of Anthropology, generously endowed the department with funds to support graduate students in the department.

Assistantships (Associate Instructors, Research Assistants, Graduate Assistants)

The department offers a number of assistantships in varying roles. From teaching their own courses, to performing research with a particular faculty member or in the library, Anthropology graduate students have ample opportunity to gain valuable experience while also funding their education. Most assistantships come with a stipend, tuition remission, and health insurance. (Also, many of our students are highly sought after by other departments for assistantship positions.)

Other Departmental Awards

  • Bidney Paper Award
  • Schneider Paper Award
  • AI Awards

Anthropology Research Office

The Department of Anthropology's Grants Manager is available to all of our graduate students to consult on finding grant funding, creating and submitting proposals, and managing awards.

Non-Departmental Funding Opportunities

Please be aware that the Graduate Affairs Committee requires Anthropology graduate students to submit applications at least seven days prior to the nomination deadlines.  There are exceptions to this rule, which will be announced via email. The department's seven day rule gives our faculty time to carefully review applications, select or rank nominations, write a letter on behalf of the department, and deliver them to the appropriate office.

For some awards (such as the FLAS and FFTF) you apply directly to the office offering the award and our GAC faculty do not need to vote on these.

Here are some links to funding opportunities you should be aware of: