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Field Funds

Application Deadline Has Passed

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 $1,000 will be considered.

Applicants should prepare:

  • Project proposal (1-2 pages describing the project and how it furthers your academic goals)
  • 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) to be submitted to Sarah Linn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Cash advances will only be given in exceptional circumstances and plane tickets purchased outside of Concur and World Travel will not typically be approved.

Field funds may not be used for laboratory analysis, personal computers, or photographic equipment.

Students awarded grants will be required to submit a donor questionnaire on their research activities and to complete all travel expense reporting according to university policies by no later than October 1.

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 field research grants.

Students may only apply for field funds once per fiscal year (July 1-June 30).


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