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The CIAMS awards program offers grant opportunities for Cornell undergraduates for archaeological research and travel; to undergraduate Archaeology majors for conference travel for the purpose of giving presentations; to CIAMS M.A. and affiliated Ph.D. students for research, travel, and conference presentations. Details on CIAMS awards for faculty and application forms can be found at the Cornell Box site for Archaeology faculty.
General information on CIAMS awards: All applications must be made before research, travel, or conferences occur. CIAMS expects that applicants will search out reasonably-priced options. Budgets for travel should include individual estimated costs for equipment, services (e.g., radiocarbon dating), big-ticket transportation items (e.g., air, train, or bus) and lodging. Meals and incidental expenses should be calculated on a per diem basis (in other words, determine the average amount you think you will need to spend on meals and incidentals per day and multiply that by the number of days you will spend on-site). Personal vehicle use should be budgeted using the federal mileage rate (56 cents per mile in 2021).
CIAMS requires that you provide proof that CIAMS funds were used for approved academic purposes. For equipment, services, big-ticket transportation items, and lodging, individual receipts are necessary. For per diem meal and incidental expenses, CIAMS will need a statement about which days you spent on location; for personal vehicle use, we will need a list of days driven and daily mileage amounts. You should not submit individual meal receipts, or receipts for gasoline purchases.
For expenses incurred outside the United States, you will need to provide a document with conversions to U.S. dollars for each individual receipt (you should use daily exchange rates, which can be found on the web). It may be easiest to provide CIAMS with a spreadsheet indicating dates, individual expenses, and U.S. dollar equivalents. An English translation must be provided for each receipt in a foreign language.
Any funds that cannot be documented as having been used for approved academic expenses must be returned to Cornell.
Questions about the CIAMS awards program should be directed to Adam Smith, chair of the Awards Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lewin Undergraduate Research and Travel Grants
Thanks to the generosity of the Lewin Family, grants are available to help Cornell students participate in research experiences led by Cornell faculty. Applications for Lewin support are initiated by the Cornell faculty member leading the research experience. Students seeking support from the Lewin grants should speak to the CIAMS faculty member leading their program.
Hirsch Undergraduate Archaeological Research and Travel Grants
Hirsch undergraduate awards support archaeological research experiences that are organized by institutions that are not associated with Cornell. Please see the application form for additional details.
CIAMS Undergraduate Conference Travel Awards
CIAMS Undergraduate Conference Travel Awards support students presenting a paper or poster or otherwise formally participating in a conference. Grants cannot be used for conference attendance without a presentation. Please see the application for further details.
Hirsch Graduate Archaeological Research and Travel Grants
Hirsch Graduate Archaeological Research and Travel Grants provide funding for research and travel expenses related to the masters or doctoral thesis. Please see the application for further details.
NOTE: In order for graduate students to be eligible to apply for Hirsch Graduate Archaeological Research and Travel scholarships, they must be a full member of CIAMS. This means that they have completed the CIAMS core seminar, and either completed or be enrolled in "The Craft of Archaeology.” If applying for funding while enrolled in "Craft of Archaeology,” students must successfully complete the course before funds can be disbursed. In cases where access to funds are required prior to the completion of “Craft," requests for early disbursement can be made by petition to the CIAMS Director.
CIAMS Graduate Conference Travel Awards
CIAMS Graduate Conference Travel Awards support students presenting a paper or poster or otherwise formally participating in a conference. Grants cannot be used for conference attendance without a presentation. Please see the application for further details.
CIAMS Faculty Awards
Details on the CIAMS Faculty Awards programs can be found in the CIAMS Faculty Information folder on the Cornell Box system.