Research Apprenticeship Program

Anthropology Research Apprenticeship Program

Every year, the Department of Anthropology calls for applications from anthropology concentrators to propose research collaboration with department faculty. Under the program, individual students will work directly with a department faculty member on faculty research. Students interested in participating in faculty research should approach the particular professor with whom they would like to work. Individual faculty members will be responsible for determining the student(s) with whom they will apply for departmental support.

Research provides the substance for scholarship in anthropology across all of its sub-fields. The opportunity to participate in research is a valuable means by which to enrich students’ experiences and expand their understanding of anthropology.

Students supported in research apprenticeships by the department will be provided a $500 stipend for each semester of work. While apprenticeships can be for a semester or a full academic year, the hope is that most partnerships will last beyond a single semester.

These apprenticeships can also provide a gateway for the development of proposals for Undergraduate Teaching and Research Assistantship (UTRA) applications (, Royce Fellowships (, Fulbright Scholarships, and many other opportunities to pursue further research in anthropology available at Brown and beyond (

For the fall semester, applications are due to the Concentration Advisor,  the last Friday of September. Preference will be given to proposals where the apprenticeship is planned to extend for the entire academic year.  Applications for apprenticeships to begin in the second semester will be due the second Friday of February but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so it is better to submit early.  The awards will be given out the third week of February, contingent on the availability of funds. Applications should consist of a one-page proposal from the student, developed in consultation with the faculty mentor, explaining the research project that the student will be involved in (including the topic and research questions) and the specific tasks that the student will undertake. The proposal should be signed by the faculty mentor.

 Although funds for these apprenticeships are limited, the Department of Anthropology encourages students to pursue opportunities for collaboration with faculty even when funds for such work are not available from the department. Any questions about the Anthropology Research Apprenticeship Program can be directed to the DIrector of Undergraduate Studies.