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Anthropology Scholarships

Undergraduate

Daniel Scheans Award 

Scheans Award Application
Application is due February 1. Email completed applications to cornettw@pdx.edu.

The Daniel Scheans Award was established in 1998. Professor Scheans was a beloved faculty member of the Portland State University Anthropology Department from 1965 to 1989. A socio-cultural anthropologist, Professor Scheans was a dedicated scholar and teacher who believed strongly in his undergraduate students and in the value of Anthropology. The award is established in his memory.

The award is between $500-$1000 each year. The funds may be spent on book, conference travel, or other scholarly activities. The recipient of the award will be an undergraduate anthropology major. The student must be admitted and enrolled at the time of the award.

Undergraduates applying for the award are required to have completed a minimum of 20 credit hours in anthropology, or be in their senior year in the Fall the scholarship is awarded (i.e. the Fall after the student applies). These requirements include work in progress at the time of application.

The applicant must be enrolled in two out of three academic terms (Fall, Winter, and Spring) during the year in which they apply, and a full-time student at PSU in Spring term when the award is made. Applicant must also be a full-time student at PSU the following Fall term when the award money is issued. Minimum enrollment for an undergraduate is 12 credit hours per term.

Funds can be spent upon award and are coordinated through the Anthropology Office. The award is not renewable. But, you may apply more than once for the scholarship. 

Graduate

Teaching Assistantships

Graduate assistantship application form (current students only).
Application is due February 1. Email completed applications to virginia@pdx.edu.

The Anthropology Department offers 3-5 Teaching Assistantships per year. These assistantships provide nine hours of tuition reimbursement per quarter (but do not cover fees or books), and TAs must be enrolled full-time. TAs also receive a monthly stipend. This form is for current graduate students only. Incoming applicants can apply for TA positions as part of their departmental application. More information about graduate assistantships can be found of the Office of Graduate Studies website. 

Thomas M. Newman Fund

Newman Fund Application
Application is due February 1. Email completed applications to cornettw@pdx.edu.

Thomas M. Newman was a founding faculty member of the Portland State University Anthropology Department from 1959 to 1982. An Archaeologist, Professor Newman was a dedicated scholar and teacher who believed strongly in his students and in the value of Anthropology. The award is established in his memory. The Award is a small grants program for Anthropology Graduate Students. It is open to any Anthropology Graduate Student in good standing.

Awards will be made to assist students with one-time expenses not covered by financial aid or graduate assistantships. Students can apply for funds to assist them with thesis research (e.g. a radiocarbon date, informant's fees, travel to a research locality, specialized equipment), attend a conference to present a paper or poster, and the like. It cannot be used for the purchase of books or to defray educational costs (e.g. fees or tuition). One to two awards between $500.00 and $750.00 per award are anticipated annually.

Funds can be spent upon award and are coordinated through the Anthropology Office. While you can receive the Newman Award only once, you may apply for it more than once.

Wayne Suttles Graduate Fellowship

In honor of the late Professor of Anthropology Dr. Wayne Suttles, several donors, including Mr. David Ellis, have established a fellowship for graduate students in their final year of study. Funding is available for 2017-18 and 2018-19. 

Dr. Suttles studied the social dynamics of Native peoples of the Pacific Northwest, and his research and teaching brought important stature to the fledgling anthropology program at PSU.  

The Wayne Suttles Graduate Fellowship is awarded to an anthropology graduate student in his or her final year of the program who is investigating a topic related to the Pacific Northwest or Alaska. The funding offers tuition and a stipend to assist with completing a thesis. 

Laurels Graduate Award

The PSU Laurels Graduate Award was instituted to provide recognition and financial support to the best and brightest students and to enhance enrollment diversity. The program provides an award to competitively selected, academically meritorious graduate degree students in all fields. This program includes financial need as a consideration for the selection of some of these awards. NOTE: The application deadline for this award is February 1. 

See the program page for more information.