- Robert F. Maher Scholarships are awarded annually to one or more graduating seniors or graduate students studying anthropology who demonstrate outstanding ability and promise for the future. Winners of the award are determined by the faculty of the Department of Anthropology. The chosen recipients are announced at a ceremony which takes place in April. The award was established in honor of Robert F. Maher who taught at the university for 30 years, and who was the founder and first chair of the Department of Anthropology.
- Maher Conference Travel Grants are available through the Robert F. Maher Fund to support undergraduate and graduate anthropology students traveling to conferences to present professional papers or posters. Students may apply for a grant once a year and can apply each academic year they present at a conference. All eligible student presenters who submit complete applications by the appropriate deadline will receive some amount of funding. Information and application
- Alan H. Jacobs Memorial Award, made in the memory of Dr. Alan Jacobs. Dr. Jacobs was a faculty member in the department for 22 years, serving as chair from 1974-1978. Building upon Dr. Jacobs’ commitment to students and international experiences, this award recognizes students who pursue innovative international experiences to enhance their anthropological understandings. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for the award. The competition is limited to anthropology majors and minors. Information and Application
- Graduate College Fellowships of $7,940 are available for two semesters to outstanding students entering M.A. programs. For non-residents of Michigan, the fellowship will pay the out-of-state portion of tuition. Application deadline is February 15.
- Service Assistantships of up to $7,940 for two semesters of full-time appointment are available in many administrative units of the university. Interested graduate students should contact the Office of Student Employment.
- Thurgood Marshall Assistantship of $12,864 is available to beginning masters students who are U.S. citizens from historically underrepresented groups with regular admission to a degree program.
- Graduate Student Research and Travel Fund
- Teaching Assistantships ranging between $12,500 and $18,000 per year are available on a competitive basis to graduate students in Anthropology. We currently support 13 graduate students as teaching assistants, typically for a period of two years. All entering students are automatically considered for teaching assistantships as part of the admissions process, with the stipulation that completed graduate applications must be received by the department by February 1. Returning students must submit the Graduate Student Annual Self-Reflection form and a C.V. to the Department Office by Febuary 15th in order to be considered for a T.A.
- All graduate assistantships require graduate status in good standing, with less than two years in our masters program. Selections and assignments will be made by a vote of departmental faculty based on academic excellence and, where applicable, strong previous performance as a teaching assistant.