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The Idaho Archaeological Society is pleased to announce the Student Research Grant Competition!  This student research grant competition provides graduate students with the opportunity to apply for funding for research that pertains to the archaeology of the Great Basin or northwest plateau and has implications for the prehistory or history of Idaho.

Up to $1,000 for student research will be awarded.

The deadline for applications is September 1, 2024.  The awardee will be provided 70% of the grant at the time of the award (the IAS annual meeting in the fall), 15% upon receipt of a progress report, and 10% upon completion of the project/presentation of results.  A progress report will be due by July 1, the following year.  The awardee will be required to present research findings at the following years annual meeting (TBD) and receive 5%.  The awardee will also be required to publish in IAS’s peer-reviewed journal, the Idaho Archaeologist, and receive the remainder of the amount upon acceptance of the draft.  Applicants for the award do not have to attend the upcoming IAS meeting (but it would be nice!).  Applicants for the award also do not have to be members of IAS (but that would be nice, too!).

Applications must include the following:


  • A completed cover page, available for download here.

  • 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 Idaho (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, having:

    • An itemized list of expenses for which the 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 IAS Student Research Grant will be eligible for a separate Student Travel Grant.  Applicants for the IAS Student Research Grant SHOULD NOT include costs for travel to the IAS meetings in their budgets.

Applications must be submitted electronically in pdf format to the IAS Student Grant Coordinator at  With the exception of the letter of recommendation, application packets must be submitted as attachments to a single email with “IAS 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 September 1.  After all portions of the application have been received, applicants will receive a confirmation email.

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