The Nevada Archaeological Association (NAA) and Am-Arcs of Nevada are pleased to announce the 2022 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.

New this year, two grants may be awarded:

  • Up to $3,000 for PhD student research
  • Up to $1,500 for non-PhD (Master’s and below) student research

Please note that more than one proposal may be partially or fully funded in a given year, depending on the amount of funds that are available to disperse.

The deadline for applications is April 8, 2022. The awardee will be provided 70% of the grant at the time of the award (the NAA annual meeting, April 23, 2022), 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, 2022. The awardee will be required to present research findings at the NAA 2023 annual meeting (in northern Nevada, most likely in Winnemucca, 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 2022 award do not have to attend the 2022 NAA meeting (but it would be nice!). Applicants for the 2022 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 completed cover page, available for download at, including an indication about which award ($3,000 or $1,500) the applicant is applying for.
  • 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 (figures and tables are not included in the 1,000-word limit).
  • 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.

Students who are awarded the NAA/Am-Arcs Student Research Grant will be eligible for the Steve Daron Memorial Student Travel Grant, a separate grant to fund travel to the NAA annual meeting and the Am-Arcs meeting at which the recipient is required to present (more on this later). Applicants for the NAA/Am-Arcs Student Research Grant SHOULD NOT include costs for travel to the NAA or Am-Arcs meetings in their budgets.

Applications must be submitted electronically in pdf format to (Ms./Dr.) Sean McMurry, NAA Student Grant Coordinator, at With the exception of the letter of recommendation, application packets must be submitted as attachments to a single email with “2022 NAA Student Research Grant Application” as the subject. The letter of recommendation may be submitted directly from the student’s advisor to, or it may be included as part of the applicant’s packet. All application materials must be submitted by Friday, April 8, 2022.After all portions of the application have been received, applicants will receive a confirmation email.

Questions? Contact Sean McMurry (