Research and Fieldwork

Training in anthropology is not limited to the classroom.  Students are urged to seek out extracurricular opportunities that will round out their anthropological studies.  Such experiences might include internships, field schools, faculty research collaborations, and independent projects, any of which may lead to a senior honors or thesis project.

Anthropology concentrators are highly encouraged to meet with either the undergraduate advisor or a faculty member with similar interests to discuss what options might be best for them.

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Faculty Collaborations and Departmental Research Apprenticeships

A great way to learn methods and practice in anthropology is to assist a faculty member with their research projects.  This might involve aiding with data collection, processing the results of a study, or helping to prepare an article for publication.  In some instances, faculty member may even have opportunities for undergraduates to participate on their own field and laboratory projects. 

To find out more about what opportunities might be available, students are encouraged to contact faculty members who share have research interests similar to their own.  Generally, most faculty will want to have worked with a student in the classroom before they will be invited to participate in extracurricular collaborations.

Most undergraduate research experiences are completed on a volunatary basis.  However, each semester the Anthropology Department offers a limited number of apprentechips that provide a minor stipend for undergraduate researchers that are working with a departmental faculty member.  Students interested in applying for an apprentenceships should contact a potential faculty collaborator in the semester prior.  

For more information regarding Research Apprenticeships please click  here


Undergraduate Teaching and Research Assistantship (UTRA)

Brown University's UTRA program provides support for faculty-student research or teaching collaborations.  UTRAs are awarded three times a year.  Well ahead of the application deadline, students should approach a faculty member about the possibility of applying for an award.  UTRAs are generally pursued by anthropology faculty and students that have prior work experience, either in the classroom or in an extracurricular context.


Field Schools

Anthropological field schools are an excellent way for students to gain extracurricular research experience in a global context.  Fieldschools are especially important for students interested in pursuing research in anthropological archaeology or biological anthropology.  There are a number of online resources to help students find a field school appropriate for their interests.  Any student interested in applying for a field school is strongly advised to contact a faculty member for advice regarding the potential merit of any program.  At present time the Department of Anthropology does not offer a field schools.

Anthropological Archaeology Field Schools
Biological Anthropology Field Schools
Socio-Cultural Anthropology Field Schools


Independent Research Projects

Advanced anthropology concentrators are highly encouraged to engage in their own original research.  This is especially true for those students considering pursuing a higher degree in the field.  Most often these projects are conducted as part of an honors thesis or senior research capstone project.  Independent research is often an outgrowth of an earlier research experience, such as an apprenticeship or field school and can be financially supported through an UTRA or similar award.



Students interested in applying their anthropological training in non-academic contexts are encouraged to explore intership opportunites.  Brown University's CareerLAB can help students find an internship appropriate for their academic interests and long term career goals.


Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

The Haffenreffer Museum provides opportunities for students conducting original research using anthropological collections or for students interested in Museum Anthropology.  Such research can lead to an honors thesis or senior research capstone project under the direction of one of the Anthropology Department's faculty.  More information is available on the Haffenreffer Museum website. 

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