2019 Student Research Grant Competition

The Nevada Archaeological Association (NAA) and Am-Arcs of Nevada are pleased to announce the second Joint NAA-Am-Arcs Student Research Grant Competition!

This student research grant competition provides students – either graduate or undergraduate – with the opportunity to apply for funding for research that pertains to the archaeology of the Great Basin or American Southwest and has implications for the prehistory or history of Nevada.

The single grant award is $3,000!

The deadline for applications is March 22, 2019. 

The awardee will be provided 70% of the grant at the time of the award (the NAA annual meeting, March 29-31, 2019), 20% upon receipt of a progress report, and 10% upon completion of the project/presentation of results.

A progress report will be due by December 1, 2019.

The awardee will be required to present research findings at the NAA 2020 annual meeting (most likely in southern Nevada, but subject to change) and at a future monthly Am-Arcs meeting (in Reno).

The awardee will also be offered an opportunity to publish in NAA’s peer-reviewed journal, Nevada Archaeologist.

Applicants for the 2019 award do not have to attend the 2019 NAA meeting (but it would be nice!). Applicants for the 2019 award do not have to be members of NAA or Am-Arcs of Nevada (but that would be nice, too!).

Applications must include the following:

  • A cover letter explaining how the individual qualifies for the award (i.e., description of student’s university and degree program).
  • A current vita.
  • A 1,000-word maximum, single-spaced description of the proposed research, clearly documenting research questions or goals, materials, methods, and significance to archaeology in Nevada.
  • A list of references cited in the text (not included in the 1,000-word limit).
  • A budget, containing
    • An itemized list of expenses for which the $3,000 grant would be used, if awarded, and
    • A one-page maximum budget narrative that explains the expenses
  • A letter of recommendation from the student’s academic supervisor, emphasizing the student’s ability to conduct independent research.

The applicant’s budget may include estimated costs for travel/accommodations for the next NAA meeting (likely southern Nevada in 2020) and for travel/accommodations for an Am-Arcs meeting in Reno. With NAA Board approval, it may also be possible (post-award) to consider other options for the fulfillment of presentation requirements (e.g., video, use of local presenter, etc.).

Applications must be submitted electronically in PDF format to (Ms./Dr.) Sean McMurry at mcmurrysean@yahoo.com.

With the exception of the letter of recommendation, application packets must be submitted as attachments to a single email with “2019 NAA Student Research Grant Application” as the subject.

The letter of recommendation may be submitted directly from the student’s advisor to mcmurrysean@yahoo.com, or it may be included as part of the applicant’s packet.

All application materials must be submitted by Friday, March 22, 2019.

After all portions of the application have been received, applicants will receive a confirmation email.

Questions? Contact Sean McMurry (mcmurrysean@yahoo.com).


NAA and AmArcs 2019 Student Grant Evaluation Rubric


NAA-Am-Arcs Student Research Grant Proposal Example