Financial Resources + Awards

Graduate Teaching Award     
Reynold Ruppé Prize in Archaeology and Ruppé Prize Honorable Mention
Donald H. Morris Award for Outstanding Doctoral Student in Evolutionary Anthropology  
Philip Mason Thompson Award 
Dean’s Dissertation Writing Fellowships
Dean’s Advanced Scholarship
Multi-Year Recruitment Packages 
Resident Scholars
Additional Financial Resources

 

Our School of Human Evolution and Social Change provides a variety of financial resources and awards to our graduate students. If you are a U.S. citizen, please also complete the federal aid forms and seek out additional awards such as:

Graduate Teaching Award

This $500 annual award honors the school’s top teaching assistant or associate. You must be in satisfactory academic standing for the three consecutive semesters prior to the award, and the selection is determined by the members of the school’s Graduate Studies Committee. Winners are announced at the spring graduation awards reception at the school.

To submit your self-nomination, respond to the call for nominations that will be e-mailed to you by the deadline established annually, by submitting:

  • A summary table of courses taught/supported as a teaching assistant, including enrollment figures and a summary of student evaluations, including scale, mean and standard deviation.
  • College courses taught at other institutions, such as local community colleges, may also be included.
  • A statement of your teaching philosophy.
  • A summary of any professional development activities, awards or recognition related to teaching, curriculum development and instruction.
  • Faculty evaluations if available.

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Reynold Ruppé Prize in Archaeology and Ruppé Prize Honorable Mention

The Reynold Ruppé Prize in Archaeology is awarded each year to the best paper in archaeology by a graduate student at Arizona State University. The recipients ($500 for first place, $250 for honorable mention) are announced at the spring graduation awards reception at the school. This competition alternates between pre- and post-M.A. students each year. Out-of-cycle submissions will be held over for the following year if appropriate. You are eligible to submit if you were at the level of the competition at any time during the appropriate academic year.

This prize is limited to current students in graduate degree programs in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. You may make one submission every year you are eligible, as long as you submit a different paper every year.

Reynold Ruppé Prize in Archaeology Announcement

Reynold Ruppé Prize in Archaeology Cover Sheet

To be considered in this competition, send the following to the graduate academic success specialist by the deadline announced each semester or have a faculty member make the submission on your behalf:

  • A paper about, or directly relevant to, archaeology written during the 18 months preceding the deadline. Papers being considered for submission for publication are particularly welcome.
  • Faculty may submit for students with the approval of the student, and faculty may nominate multiple students.
  • Papers may be co-authored by two ASU students; no paper may have a co-author who is not an ASU student. Co-authored papers must include a statement outlining the contributions of each author.

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Donald H. Morris Award for Outstanding Doctoral Student in evolutionary Anthropology

The Donald H. Morris Award is presented to honor the academic excellence of our most outstanding graduate student in evolutionary anthropology and bioarchaeology. The recipient of this $250 award is announced at the spring awards and graduation reception in the school.

To be eligible, you must have completed at least one full year in the program, must possess an outstanding academic record and must not have received the award previously. There is no requirement for nominations, since this honoree is selected by the relevant faculty committee.

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Philip Mason Thompson Award

The Philip Mason Thompson Award is presented to honor the academic excellence of our most exceptional graduate student in sociocultural anthropology. The recipient of this $100 award is announced at the spring awards and graduation reception at the school.

To be eligible, you must have completed at least one full year in the program, must possess an outstanding academic record, and should display evidence or promise of making the world a better place to live in. Relevant faculty members meet in the spring to nominate up to five students for consideration.

To submit your self-nomination, respond to the call for nominations that will be e-mailed to you by the deadline established annually, by submitting:

  • Your current curriculum vitae.
  • Other relevant supporting material (e.g., a seminar paper or project report).

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Dean’s Dissertation Writing Fellowships

If you are actively writing your dissertation, you may be eligible for these one- or two-semester awards, which pay a stipend of $15,000 (academic year) or $7,500 (one semester). You will not be required to serve in an assistantship, and tuition (6 hours per semester) and health insurance are included. These awards cannot be deferred.

The fellowship criteria include proof that you have a good overall record, a significant dissertation project and:

  • Your dissertation data collection is complete,
  • You are actively writing your dissertation,
  • You and your faculty committee chair can make a good case that you will defend your dissertation before the beginning of the following fall semester,
  • You are resident in the Phoenix or Tempe area and thus can maintain close contact with your dissertation committee, and
  • You will be able to devote yourself full time to writing your dissertation.

To be considered for the award, submit the following by the deadlines when announced:

  • A statement, of no more than 500 words, that briefly summarizes your dissertation project and specifically addresses the above points (including justification for possible exceptions).
  • A letter of support from your committee chair or other committee member that specifically addresses the feasibility of your plans for the coming year.

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Dean’s Advanced Scholarship

If you are in the advanced stages of your post-M.A. work, these are two-year awards you may be eligible for. They will consist of a half-time assistantship (TA or RA) enhanced to $18,000 (the assistantships come with full tuition and health insurance coverage). Your application will need to include your goals for the first year of the award, and you will be required to file a brief report at the end of that year.

Continuation of the award in the second year is dependent on you meeting the goals (barring extenuating circumstances). These awards can be deferred for a maximum of one AY; students have 3 years total to use the support provided (e.g., an award beginning fall 2014 must be used by the end of spring 2017).

You may be eligible if you have a good overall record and:

  • a well-defined and significant dissertation project,
  • completed most or all of your coursework (post-comps preferred) and
  • can make a case for how the scholarship will positively affect your progress towards completion of the Ph.D.

To be considered for the award, please watch for the deadlines announced and submit:

  • A narrative statement (no more than 250 words) that briefly summarizes your dissertation project.
  • A statement (which may take the form of a timeline, list, etc.) that lays out your specific goals regarding progress towards degree to be achieved over the next two-plus years. This statement should make clear your specific goals for the next year. Renewal of the award for the second year will depend on whether these goals have been met, so they should be carefully designed, in consultation with your faculty advisors.
  • A letter of support from your committee chair or other committee member that specifically addresses the feasibility of your two-year plan.

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Multi-Year Recruitment Packages

Our school typically offers multi-year Graduate Research and Teaching Fellowships to our most competitive applicants. For recipients incoming with a B.A., these awards cover four academic years (pending budgetary approval/availability), and for recipients incoming with an M.A., the awards cover three academic years.

  • For recipients incoming with a B.A., this half-time appointment carries a stipend of $16,000 per academic year until the student receives the master’s-in-passing and to $18,000 for the remainder of the award.
  • For recipients incoming with an M.A., this half-time appointment carries a stipend of $18,000 for the three academic years of the award.
  • Tuition remission and student health insurance are covered as part of the award. The award does not cover miscellaneous registration fees.
  • You are required to stay enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester for the first year (not to include course auditing) and at least 6 credit hours per semester in subsequent years in order to accept this award.

This award is intended to provide you with the opportunity to immerse yourself in your graduate education, carry out a graduate research program and gain teaching experience. During the first year of the award, you are subsequently not asked to serve as a teaching assistant and are expected to concentrate on a full load (minimum 9 credits) of graduate coursework. For the remaining three years of the award, you will be required to take on a teaching or research assistantship and relevant required responsibilities.

To maintain these packages of support, recipients:

  • Must maintain a record of satisfactory progress and a cumulative GPA of 3.5.
  • May not supplement the fellowship with additional or outside employment.
  • Must, beginning in the second year of the fellowship, work with faculty advisors to prepare a comprehensive written plan for the graduate program each year. This will be submitted to the faculty along with your regular annual self-evaluation. Continuation of the award after the second year is contingent upon fulfilling the plan each year.

During the period of your fellowship, recipients may be granted a deferment of up to a year if you are involved in activities directly related to your graduate programs that prevent you from meeting your responsibilities – for example, if you are abroad, carrying out field research and cannot serve as a teaching assistant.

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Resident Scholars

Each year, by the November 1 deadline, we will nominate graduate students for the Resident Scholar Fellowships at the School for Advanced Research. Talk to your advisor if you think you are qualified and would like to be nominated.

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Additional Financial Resources 

Arizona State University Graduate Education is also a rich resource for additional information such as:

  • Teaching and research assistantships
  • Graduate Education fellowships
  • Conference & travel awards
  • National fellowship resources

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