Scholarships for American Indians


Tribes and Nations  - Misc. and Other Minorities


Arthur C. Parker Scholarships

Society for American Archaeology
900 Second Street, N.E., Suite 12
Washington, DC 20002-3560
(202) 789-8200      Fax: (202) 789-0284


To provide financial assistance to Native American students and professional interested in additional training in archaeological methods.


This program is open to high school seniors, college undergraduates, graduates students, and personnel of tribal or other Native cultural preservation programs. 

Applicants must be:

  • Native Americans
  • Pacific Islanders from United States, including U.S. Trust Territories, or indigenous people from Canada. 

Documentation of Native identity is required, but applicants do not have to be enrolled in a Native group, of certified Indian status, or a member of a group formally recognized by the U.S. or Canadian government to be eligible.

Applicants must be interested in attending a training program in archaeological methods offered by an accredited college or university including:

  • field work
  • analytical techniques
  • curation

Other types of archaeological methods training programs are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Individuals may:

  • apply themselves
  • or they may be nominated by a high school teacher, current professor
  • or cultural preservation program supervisor

Along with the application they must  submit:

  • a letter of nomination or recommendation
  • a personal statement describing why they are interested in attending the archaeological methods training program and how the training will benefit them as well as their Native community
  • a brief description of the training program
  • an itemized budge
  • documentation of Native identity 

Financial data

The stipend is $4,000

Additional information

Half of 1 of these scholarships is funded by the Society for American Archaeology.  The other half of that scholarship and all of the other scholarships, designated as NSF Scholarships for Archaeological Training for Native Americans and Native Hawaiians, are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Number awarded

4 each year


December of each year