The Nevada Archaeological Association (NAA) and Am-Arcs of Nevada are pleased to announce the fourth 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 grant award is up to $3,000! The deadline for applications is March 5, 2021. The awardee will be provided 70% of the grant at the time of the award (the NAA annual meeting, March 2020, exact date TBD), 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, 2021. The awardee will be required to present research findings at the NAA 2022 annual meeting (most likely in northern 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 2021 award do not have to attend the 2021 NAA meeting (but it would be nice!). Applicants for the 2021 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 (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 at With the exception of the letter of recommendation, application packets must be submitted as attachments to a single email with “2021 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, March 5, 2021. After all portions of the application have been received, applicants will receive a confirmation email.

Additional information is available on the NAA website ( Questions? Contact Sean McMurry (