Every year, beginning in the fall of 2017, the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World calls for applications from Archaeology concentrators that propose collaborative research projects with Institute faculty (including visiting faculty, faculty fellows, and postdoctoral fellows). Through the apprenticeship program, individual students work directly with a Joukowsky Institute faculty member on faculty research.

Students supported in research apprenticeships by JIAAW will be provided a $500 stipend for each semester of work. Apprenticeships can be for a semester or a full academic year. It is expected that students will not devote more than approximately 3-5 hours per week, averaged over the semester, to this apprenticeship.  Applications must be submitted jointly by both the student and the JIAAW faculty member with whom the student plans to work.

Research provides the substance for scholarship in archaeology 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 archaeology.  These apprenticeships can provide a gateway for the development of proposals for Undergraduate Teaching and Research Assistantship (UTRA) applications (http://www.brown.edu/Administration/Dean_of_the_College/utra/), Royce Fellowships (http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Swearer_Center/whatwedo/fellowships-royce.html), Fulbright Scholarships, and many other opportunities to pursue further research in archaeology available at Brown and beyond (http://brown.edu/Administration/Dean_of_the_College/research/)

Although funds for these apprenticeships and other grant programs are limited, the Joukowsky Institute encourages students to pursue opportunities for consultation, mentoring, and collaboration with faculty even when funds for research are not available.

How to Apply:

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 JIAAW support.  Proposed projects must be research driven, with the goal of allowing students to learn more about both the process and content of faculty research.

For the fall semester, applications are due to the Assistant Director, the last Friday of September. Applications for apprenticeships to begin in or continue into the second semester are 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, or submitted as an email forwarded from the faculty mentor to the Assistant Director.


Any questions about the Archaeology Research Apprenticeship Program can be directed to the Assistant Director.