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Scholarships and Funds in the Department of Archaeology

The Archaeology Department has a number of funding schemes to assist both undergraduate and postgraduate students in their studies and fieldwork.

Dorothy Cameron Fellowship

Applications for the Dorothy Cameron Fellowship usually open in April each year. Application information can be found at the University's Grants-in Aid page.

The Dorothy Cameron Fellowship is open to persons who wish to conduct research into the role of women in the culture, rituals and belief systems in prehistoric societies from the Palaeolithic to the Bronze Age with exceptions being made for pockets of societies in later periods which were unaffected by subsequent cultural influences.

Applicants are not required to be studying for a degree or diploma or to hold academic qualifications.

Awards will be made on the basis of the strength and quality of the proposed research: theoretically innovative and interdisciplinary proposals are particularly encouraged. All other things being equal, preference will be given to meritorious proposals from women applicants. The award is valued at up to $5,000.

In addition to the attached application form you should also submit a two page proposal outlining your research project. Please indicate if your research project forms part of the requirements for a degree course or thesis. A budget providing details of how you intend to use the fellowship and how other expenses associated with your project are to be met. Your budget should include details of any other scholarships or awards you currently hold.

Carlyle Greenwell Research Fund (Archaeology)

Applications for Round 1 of the Carlyle Greenwell Research Fund (Archaeology) are now open and will close on Monday 30 April 2018. Download the application form here.

Carlyle Greenwell was an architect who died in 1961, bequeathing his estate to the University "for student research, field work and original literary work in Anthropology in such manner as the Senate of the University shall decide". When the Department of Anthropology split from Prehistoric Archaeology in the 1990s the fund was divided into two parts. The current Department of Archaeology (through the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry) administers that part of the fund reserved for student research in Anthropology (Prehistoric Archaeology).

Grants may be made to any Honours or Postgraduate student currently enrolled in Archaeology. In line with the spirit of the original bequest, preference will be given to research concerned with Australia, the Pacific and southeast Asia in prehistory. Applications to fund research in other fields of Archaeology may also be funded.

Greenwell grants are not normally awarded for work which could be more appropriately funded by other sources (e.g. Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation, University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Support Scheme) including supervisors’ own research funds and any extra research funding awarded to postgrads in receipt of APAI grants or similar. Greenwell grants may however be awarded to cover legitimate student research costs in excess of funds already obtained (or applied for) from elsewhere.

Grants are made by the Vice-Chancellor on the recommendation of a committee consisting of the Head of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, the Chair of Archaeology and three archaeologists from the Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology section.

The maximum grant which will be made for any one project is $10,000 for PhD students, $5,000 for MPhil students and $500 for MA Res and Honours students. Students upgrading a project from MPhil to PhD are eligible for an extra $5,000 only.

There currently two application deadlines each year (late April and early October).

This information was updated on 20 September 2017.

Ben Sandford Cullen Award in Archaeology

The Ben Sandford Cullen Award in Archaeology is intended to commemorate Dr Ben Cullen’s work in Archaeology. Ben Cullen (1964-1995) grew up in Lorne NSW and attended Wauchope High School. At the University of Sydney, he studied Anthropology, Prehistory and Celtic Studies. His Honours thesis in Prehistory was on the mechanism of human cultural change, a topic he pursued in his PhD dissertation and in many scholarly papers. At the time of his death, Ben Cullen was an Honorary Fellow at the University of Wales, Lampeter, and had recently been appointed to a research position at Queen’s University, Belfast.

The value of the award is $800. It is open to currently enrolled full-time and part-time postgraduate research students in the Department of Archaeology. The award will provide funds to postgraduate students whose research in Archaeology is theoretically innovative to assist with research, travel or publication expenses. The award is made once per year.

AAIA and NEAF scholarships and grants

Archaeology students may also be eligible for grants or scholarships offered through: