Awards, Scholarships & Grants

Liebman Engaged Anthropology Internship Award

Graciously endowed by alumnus Paul Liebman, this fund supports undergraduate internships in anthropology.

Eligibility: This award is open to all undergraduate anthropology majors. Preference will be given to those students who are completing internships in fulfillment of their senior capstone requirement.

For more information, see our internships section.

Paul A. Liebman Engaged Anthropology Internship Award

Award Amount: up to $2500

Applications due by March 15thApply here

Liebman Engaged Anthropology Research Award

Graciously endowed by alumnus Paul Liebman, this fund enables students to carry out independent research, for example, as part of an archaeological field school, biological field or lab research, museum or cultural heritage research, sociocultural or linguistic field research. This work is often (but not necessarily) completed during the summer months.

Eligibility: This award is open to all undergraduate anthropology majors. Preference will be given to those students who are completing independent research in fulfillment of their senior capstone requirement.

For more information, see our field school and research section.

Paul A. Liebman Engaged Anthropology Research Award

Award Amount: up to $1500

Applications due by March 15thApply here

Charles J. Bareis Award in North American Archaeology

The Charles J. Bareis Award is given for outstanding accomplishments and achievements in North American Archaeology to support undergraduate research and career development.  Priority is given to students working on questions, materials, and sites that relate to the archaeology of Illinois. Applications must include a resume, a faculty letter of support and a 1-2 page description of the significance of the research for the student's intellectual development and our understanding of North American and/or Illinois archaeology.  

Eligibility: This award is open to all undergraduate anthropology majors and minors.

Award Amount: $500 to $1000

Applications due by April 1st

Patricia O'Brien Award in Anthropology

The Patricia O'Brien Award is given to the best undergraduate anthropology paper.  Senior capstone projects, honors theses, course research papers, fieldwork analyses, and independent projects are all acceptable entries. The papers must be cleanly typed, and the format should be as appropriate for professional journals such as American Anthropologist, American Antiquity, or American Journal of Physical Anthropology. The papers will be judged on the basis of excellence as demonstrated by clear focus, development of ideas, synthesis of literature covered, writing style, originality, and contribution to the field.

Eligibility: This award is open to all undergraduate anthropology majors and minors.

Award Amount: $250

Applications due by March 7th at 3 pm

Conference Presentation Travel Grant

Departmental funds will be available to help support travel costs associated with presenting a research paper or poster at a professional anthropology meeting or related conference.  Department conference travel funds are available for only one meeting per academic year.   

Eligibility: This award is open to all undergraduate anthropology majors.

Award Amount: up to $250

Each student presenting a paper/poster must submit an abstract of the paper or poster, provide an outline of key symposia they plan to attend, and briefly mention how these symposia may inform their undergraduate research.

Applications should be submitted to Liz Spears (espears@illinois.edu) no later than two weeks prior to travel. Additionally, all applicants must complete the Online Anthropology Travel Information Form below:

Online Travel Authorization and Information Form

Application for Graduate Appointment

Students who are awarded funds must turn in receipts to Tracee Palmer tpalmer@illinois.edu no later than two weeks after the conference.

Additional Funding and Awards

Office of Undergraduate Research

American Association of University Women (AAUW): Ida King Stevens Award

The Ida King Stevens Award is intended to help returning women students complete their education.

Eligibility: The recipient must be female, a resident of the state of illinois, have experienced an interruption in formal education of at least 2 years, be enrolled as an undergraduate program at UIUC either full-time or part-time, demonstrate need (as determined by FAFSA), and have a minimum 2.5 gpa.

Award Amount: $1000 ($500 each semester) toward tuition and fees

Applications due by April 15th

Application information available through Dept of Gender and Women’s Studies

Submit application to: Jacque Kahn (jskahn@illinois.edu)

Mary Ramier Grant

The Mary Ramier Gant is set up to inspire undergraduate women to develop as successful leaders, activists, and professionals. Awards for undergraduate women support activism, creative projects, research and travel related to Gender and Women's Studies.

Eligibility: All undergraduate women in good standing are eligible to apply.  Applicants should fill out an application form, and include the name of a faculty member who might be called for reference.

Award Amount: $50 to $500

Applications due by October 1st or March 1st

For more information, see here