Anthropology Scholarships & Career Development

Funds Available Exclusively for Undergraduate Students

The following funds are available only for undergraduates in the Department of Anthropology.

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Ray Madden Undergraduate Scholarship

The Department of Anthropology will provide a yearly award up to $10,000 to a student for academic excellence, timely progress toward completion of the anthropology major, and demonstrated financial need.

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:
Students who win the award are eligible to apply for the same award in subsequent years but are not guaranteed continued support.
Note: funds will be disbursed via LOUIE during the following academic year.
Deadline: March 11th, 2017

*This scholarship is administered by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. For more information please visit the SBS Scholarships page → Social & Behavioral Sciences.


William Griffen Native American Anthropology Scholarship

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate Native American student majoring in anthropology
  • Have completed at least 15 semester hours

Note: Include your tribe on the application. Proof of tribal registration will be required when you are selected to receive this scholarship.

Deadline: March 11th, 2017

*This scholarship is administered by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. For more information please visit the SBS Scholarships page → Social & Behavioral Sciences.

 

Miranda Warburton Anthropology Scholarship

For academic excellence.

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate student majoring in anthropology
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 

Note: One-half of the award amount is applied to fall semester and one-half to spring semester.

Deadline: March 11th, 2017

*This scholarship is administered by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. For more information please visit the SBS Scholarships page → Social & Behavioral Sciences

 

Miranda Warburton Native American Anthropology Scholarship

This award funds internships or research experiences. To be eligible, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate Native American student majoring in anthropology
  • Have a focus in health and human services

A joint proposal from the Native American student and a proposed researcher/internship mentor or program is required, as these funds are intended to help provide direct mentoring and research experiences to Native American students. The award may be used for supplemental research experience or completion of thesis linked to on-going health or human services.

*This scholarship is administered by the NAU Foundation. For more information please visit the NAU Foundation Scholarships page → Social & Behavioral Sciences. To apply, visit the NAU Foundation Application page.

 

 

Funds Available for Both Undergraduate and Graduate Students

The following funds are available to both undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Anthropology

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Ray Madden Travel Award

The Department of Anthropology will provide awards up to $1000/yr per student for travel to present research, obtain professional training or experience, or take part in conferences or symposia.

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • Be a student majoring in anthropology
Note: Funds will be disbursed upon completion of the Exhibit J form and submission of travel receipts.

Deadlines: October 15th (for Fall travel) & February 15th (for Spring or Summer travel)

*To apply, complete the application and return it to the Office of the Department of Anthropology. 

 

Ray Madden Research/Internship Award

The Department of Anthropology will provide awards up to $3000 per student for students who demonstrate a compelling plan to advance professional skills through internship placement, field study, or other research plans.

To be eligible for this award, you must:

Note: Funds will be disbursed upon completion of the Exhibit J form and submission of travel receipts.

Deadline: April 20th, 2017

*This scholarship is administered by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. For more information please visit the SBS Scholarships page → Social & Behavioral Sciences

 

Ferrell Honawu Secakuku Memorial Scholarship

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate student;
  • Be enrolled as a ember of a federally-recognized Native American Tribe;
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.5 (undergrad), or 3.0 (grad);

Preference shall be given to students who:

  • Are members of the Hopi Tribe; and are studying: cultural preservation; ethno-history; cultural curricula; cultural multi-media; or similar fields
Deadline: March 11th, 2017
*This scholarship is administered by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. For more information please visit the SBS Scholarships page → Social & Behavioral Sciences.

 

Anthropology Departmental Travel Allowance

The Department of Anthropology strives to provide up to $100/yr per student for students planning on participating in professional and/or academic conferences.

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • Be a full-time student in the Department of Anthropology
  • Attend a conference related to your area of study

Preference shall be given to students who: 

  • Are presenting a paper or poster at the conference

Deadlines: October 15th (Fall) & February 15th (Spring)

*To apply, complete the application and return it to the Office of the Department of Anthropology.

 

Funds Available Exclusively for Graduate Students

The following funds are available only for graduate students in the Department of Anthropology and can assist with:

  • Conference travel
  • Education
  • Research

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Meerwarth Anthropology Graduate Student Conference Travel Award

This fund was established by Tracy L. Meerwarth and her mother, Lurenna Meerwarth. Tracy was an applied sociocultural graduate student in NAU’s Anthropology Department from 2000-2002. As a student, Tracy saw a need for funding to support graduate students who are financially unable to attend professional meetings that are aligned with their courses of study. Tracy’s hope is that through attending conferences, students will be able to do the following: (1) gain visibility in the field of anthropology by presenting professional papers, leading workshops, or creating poster presentations; (2) network with professional practitioners to improve employment opportunities; and (3) increase the visibility and positively reflect NAU’s Anthropology Department as student representatives.

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • Be a full-time or part-time graduate student in the Department of Anthropology
  • Attend a conference related to your area of study
  • Contribute at least 15% of the total cost of your trip

Preference shall be given to students who: 

  • Are concentrating in sociocultural anthropology
  • Are presenting a paper or poster at the conference

Deadlines: October 15th (Fall) & February 15th (Spring)

*To apply, complete the application and return it to the Office of the Department of Anthropology.

 

Robert C. Euler Anthropology Graduate Scholarship

In January 2002, Bob Euler passed away. His varied and remarkable career spanned decades, and he touched the lives of anthropologists and many others with whom he came into contact. A few years ago, a fundraising effort began that many of you participated in to perpetuate Bob’s memory as a leader and teacher, as well as his spirit of research excellence to endow the Robert C. Euler Graduate Scholarship in Anthropology. Before he passed away, Bob expressed a preference for including all anthropology graduate students as candidates for his scholarship, with awards based on outstanding performance in the program. Accordingly, we plan to offer the funding from the endowment to second-year students who have achieved the kind of excellence for which Bob stood.

To be eligible for this award, you must: 

Preference shall be given to students who: 

  • Have demonstrated excellence in the anthropology graduate program

Deadline: March 11th, 2017

*This scholarship is administered by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. For more information please visit the SBS Scholarships page → Social & Behavioral Sciences

 

Carleton T. Hodge Award for Academic Excellence in Anthropology

This award was established by the family of the late Carleton T. Hodge, world-renowned linguist, Egyptologist, and anthropologist, to provide an annual award for someone who has demonstrated academic excellence as a graduate student of anthropology.

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • Be a full-time graduate student in the Department of Anthropology
  • Have successfully completed 18 units by the end of the semester in which you apply for the award

Preference shall be given to students who: 

  • Have demonstrated excellence in their academic records

Deadline: March 11th, 2017

*This scholarship is administered by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. For more information please visit the SBS Scholarships page → Social & Behavioral Sciences.

 

Ray Madden Scholars in Anthropology

The Madden scholarship is meant to cover resident tuition and allowances for books, class fees, travel, summer research or internship expenses, and a modest living stipend. Nonresidents of Arizona should apply in addition for the WRGP program or a non-resident tuition waiver.

The Department of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University will award two Ray Madden scholarships of more than $23,000 for the first year (renewable for a second year for more than $21,000 with demonstrated progress in the program).

To be eligible for this award, you must:

Preference shall be given to:

  • Students with strong potential for professional success who would not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue an MA degree at NAU.  

One scholarship will be awarded in Archaeology or Biological Anthropology; and one scholarship will be awarded in Cultural Anthropology or Linguistic Anthropology.

*To apply:

  • Complete a 500-1000 word essay explaining your financial need, your general career goals, and your research or applied interests. Your essay should be submitted in addition to your Letter of Intent explaining your experience and career plans in anthropology, your curriculum vitae, transcripts, and any additional scholarship applications.

 

Kenny Acord Award for Graduate Students in Archaeology

This fund was established by Bobby and Anna Acord in memory of their son, Kenny, who passed away in June 2006. He was a loved and respected student of anthropology. Kenny was an exceptional person who embodied the best qualities of a professional archaeologist and Southwestern scholar. Kenny was a gifted academic, a determined adventurer and outdoor enthusiast, and an authority on the cultural and natural resources of the Colorado Plateau.  He cultivated his love of the Southwest through years working as a river guide, as a professional archaeologist for the National Park Service and other federal agencies, and by completing a Master’s Degree in Anthropology at Northern Arizona University in 2005. Kenny’s thesis, A ceramic Inventory and Chronological Analysis of Sinagua Settlement at Walnut Canyon National Monument, is a remarkable 300-page ground-breaking contribution to the prehistory of the Flagstaff Area.

To be eligible for this award, you must: 

  • Be a full-time or part-time graduate student in the Department of Anthropology

Preference shall be given to students who: 

  • Are conducting research on Southwestern prehistory
  • Are conducting original field, laboratory, collections, and/or multidisciplinary research
  • Are working toward applications of research that lead to public interpretation of the past

Deadline: April 20th, 2017

*To apply, complete the application and return it to the Office of the Department of Anthropology.

 

Panayotis Farantakis Memorial Award for Humanitarian Service Internships

This fund was established by the parents of Panayotis Farantakis, Kimon and Katerina, who have been long-time friends of NAU and of anthropological linguist Dr. David Seaman. Panayotis Farantakis studied anthropological linguistics at NAU. After leaving the university, and completing his Greek military service, he established one of the most modern private language and computer schools in Greece. In addition, he participated in search-and-rescue efforts. In 1996, while searching for a missing mountain climber, Panayotis slipped and fell over a cliff and was killed instantly at the age of 31. The purpose of this memorial award is to help perpetuate the humanitarian ideals so richly exemplified in the young life of Panayotis Farantakis.

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • Be a full-time graduate student in the Department of Anthropology
  • Have successfully completed 18 units by the end of the semester in which you apply for the award
  • Have been officially accepted by an organization outside of NAU for an internship which is clearly humanitarian in nature--that is, one that has a positive impact in the day-to-day living of other people

Preference shall be given to students who: 

  • Have demonstrated excellence in their academic records

Deadline: April 20th, 2017

*To apply, complete the application and return it to the Office of the Department of Anthropology.

 

 

Career Development

The Department of Anthropology provides not only a well-rounded education, but a path to a variety of future careers. These can include applicable skills and instinctual skills that will make you appealing to government agencies, businesses, non-profits, universities, entrepreneurship, and more...
During your educational career, you will:
  • become a “people person” because of your diverse background and knowledge in multi-cultural environments, which allows you to work well with others
  • obtain experience outside the classroom that will look great on your resume and build connections with future employers
  • gain problem-solving skills that will help you become a leader in your career
  • be able to adapt to change, which is important in today’s globalized economy

Potential Careers

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Cultural Anthropologist 

Study human behavior and cross-cultural aspects and find a career with:

  • international agencies like the World Bank or United Nations
  • national organizations like the Red Cross or Oxfam
  • businesses where you analyze work relations and workplace culture to improve their operations
  • social workers by providing insight into human behavior regarding homelessness, drug abuse, and gangs
  • public housing projects, senior centers, and community organizing to create meaningful lives

Archaeologist

Study the past in the outdoors and be prepared for a career in:

  • cultural resources management, where you’ll analyze and protect the remains of our past from modern construction projects
  • museums, educating the public and the youth about cavemen, dinosaurs, extinct animals, pottery, tool use, and more that creates an appreciation for our past
  • the National Park Service and other environmental government agencies that need records of past ecosystems that will contribute to future management and conservation plans
  • the state government, where you’ll  influence city planning and community building 

Linguistic Anthropologist 

Study language globalization, ideologies, and commoditization and find a career with:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) education programs
  • bilingual education
  • organizations and businesses that need help with communication skills and practices

Physical Anthropologist 

Study the biology and evolution of human beings and get an exciting career in:

  • law enforcement, like the FBI or local police working as a forensic anthropologist solving crimes and assisting criminal investigations
  • medicine, by researching the culture, causes, and prevention behind a disease in public health, nursing, or medical administration
  • researching the remains of primates, humans, and the fossil record to predict our future to contribute to schools of thought, educational institutions, and private organizations

Career Development Resources

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The university’s Gateway Student Success Center helps you:

  • create cover letters and resumes
  • search for a career
  • find internships
  • hone interviewing skills

Our Student Career Fair happens twice a year and showcases many organizations and businesses that can employ recent graduates or current students.

The American Anthropology Association has information on careers in anthropology. 

 

Job Search Links

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  • Flagjobs is a listing of full-time and part-time job openings in Flagstaff.
  • Indeed is a broad job search engine that pulls open job listings from various online sources.
  • CareerOneStop offers links to state job banks throughout the US.
  • USAJobs helps you find government jobs working for the US stateside or internationally.
  • Idealist allows you to search for jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities with non-profit organizations.
  • Internship programs helps you search for internships by employers, career field, or location.