Penn Museum welcomes Penn students to access its collections for class projects, independent research or other student projects. The Museum’s nearly one million artifacts are primary sources of the cultures that made and used them, from which students can draw information or inspiration whether for a senior thesis, master’s thesis, dissertation, journal article, conference poster, or independent study.
Penn students are able to engage in Museum research in a variety of ways:
- Enroll in an Object-Based Learning class or internship.
- Through the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM).
- As scholarly researchers for independent study, senior thesis, master’s thesis, dissertation, journal article or conference poster.
- Conduct Fieldwork with support of the Museum’s Student Field Funds.
- Develop a Digital Student Curated Exhibition.
The Penn Museum provides support for current Penn undergraduate and graduate students to pursue field research related to Archaeology and Anthropology. Read about past projects funded by Museum grants under Students in the Field on the Penn Museum Blog.
The Penn Museum accepts applications twice a year for winter and summer projects. Requests for grant support up to a maximum of $1200 will be considered.
Applications should include the following:
- a signed letter of application from the student, including contact information
- personal statement of experience and interests (1-2 pages)
- summer field research project proposal (1-2 pages)
- project budget (1 page) indicating how requested funds will be expended and noting other funding for the project (funds secured or requested from other sources)
- a letter of support from a Penn Museum-affiliated faculty or adjunct faculty member (e.g., Curator, Associate Curator, Assistant Curator, Consulting Curator, or Consulting Scholar)
For summer field work, applications are due 5:00 pm the third Friday in March.
For winter field work, applications are due 5:00 pm the first Friday of October.
Field funds may not be used for laboratory analysis, personal computers or photographic equipment.
Students awarded grants will be required to submit a 2-page summary report on their research activities and to complete all travel expense reporting according to university policies by no later than March 15 for winter grants and September 15 for summer grants.
Students receiving field research grants are invited to present on their research projects as part of the Penn Museum public programming schedule.
Please note that students receiving support from either the Kolb Foundation or the Niarchos Foundation administered through the Penn Museum will not be eligible for these summer field research grants.