2020 Georgia Student Archaeological Research Grants!

The Society for Georgia Archaeology (SGA), the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists (GCPA), and Georgia Department of Natural Resources are sponsoring undergraduate and graduate student research grants. Applicants will include a written proposal, a budget, and supporting tables and graphics. All applicants will meet the following terms:

  1. The primary focus of the project must be in Georgia, including but not limited to a particular site or group of sites, a collection, or a theoretical issue of particular relevance to the state.
  2. The applicant must be a member of SGA and must maintain an active membership throughout the life of the project. Information about joining the SGA can be found here: http://thesga.org/about-the-sga/join-the-sga-now/.
  3. Each undergraduate applicant must be sponsored by a faculty member from the institution in which they are enrolled. Graduate applicants must be sponsored by a thesis or dissertation committee member. These sponsors must have active memberships in SGA and GCPA. Out-of-state applicants whose sponsoring faculty or committee member do not belong to GCPA may contact SGA Awards Committee head Elizabeth Williamson at sgapresident@thesga.org to discuss GCPA co-sponsors.
  4. The successful applicant will give a presentation at an SGA meeting and will agree to submit a manuscript to Early Georgia and see it through to publication within one year for undergraduates and two years for graduate students.

In Spring 2020, a total of three research grants will be awarded. Two grants of $375.00 will be awarded to support undergraduate research projects, and one grant of $2,000.00 will be awarded for thesis or dissertation research. These funds are intended for expenses such as food, lodging, transportation, specialized laboratory testing or analysis, and consumable field supplies (e.g., bags, field books, pens/pencils, graph paper). Grant money may not be used for the purchase of electronic devices/software or non-consumable field equipment (e.g., shovels, trowels, screens). This award does not support institutional overhead and there are no financial reporting obligations for winning applicants. Applicants from past years are encouraged to reapply.

Each applicant must submit an application form, a written proposal, and a budget. The application form must be completed and signed by the applicant and sponsoring faculty or committee member and attached as a cover sheet for the written proposal. The proposal will consist of a written summary of no more than 3 pages. Supporting documents, such as maps and tables, do not count against the 3-page limit. The written budget will detail and justify all projected expenses and will explain how SGA funds will be used.

Several aspects of each application will be evaluated. These include the overall quality and completeness of the application, clarity of thought and quality of writing, significance of research and potential impact, relevance of the project to research issues in Georgia archaeology, and overall quality of the budget and budget justification.

All applications should be submitted in PDF format to Elizabeth Williamson at sgapresident@thesga.org. Deadline for submission is April 1, 2020. The full solicitation and application cover sheet can be found here: 2020 Grant Application Form.