Freedman Award Application Information

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Call for Proposals

Freedman Award for Undergraduate Research in Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce a new round of competition for the Freedman Award for Undergraduate Research in Anthropology.  The award is designed to support anthropological research by undergraduate students.  Research may be undertaken in support of a thesis, as part of a class project, in connection with the Anthropology Collections, or in collaboration with faculty.

Awards will be from $1000-3000 and are to be used for research in 2020..

Examples of research-related activities that may be funded include, but are not limited to:

  • Research travel
  • Acquisition of documents, reports, and books; photocopying expenses
  • Purchase of research related software or other specialized equipment
  • The cost of an archaeological or ethnographic field school.

To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • Anthropology Majors or Minors, with preference for majors;
  • Full time students at Cornell University at both the time of application and the proposed use of the funds;
  • Sophomores or Juniors at the time of application;
  • In good academic standing, with a GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Preference will be given to students spending three or more weeks conducting research.

The application packet must include:

· The application form, available from Margaret Rolfe (

· A 2-3 page (double-spaced) proposal that addresses the following:

  • The purpose of the research project
  • How you prepared for the research project (which Anthropology and other relevant courses have you taken, such as anthropological methods, topical, or area study courses?)
  • Any relevant language skills
  • A discussion and justification of the methods you will use to collect the data or documentation for your project
  • The project’s significance
  • A budget, including a brief narrative description of how the research funds will be used.
  • A short statement about the project’s relevance to your scholarly and career objectives.

· A copy of your most recent transcript

· A letter of support from a faculty member familiar with you and the project and who has agreed to serve as an advisor during the course of the research

Deadline: November 1, 2019. Award recipients will be notified on or before December 3, 2019.

To be eligible for consideration, all supporting documents must be complete and submitted by email or in hard copy by the deadline to, Department of Anthropology *261 McGraw Hall* 255- 5137.

Contact Margaret Rolfe for logistical questions regarding the submission. For other information, contact Prof. Adam Arcadi (, the Director of Undergraduate Study.