Anthropology Scholarship Application

Overview: This application will be applied to scholarships offered through the department of Anthropology, as well as those offered through the College of Social and Behavioral Science. It will also be used to apply for the Anthropololgy Field School Scholarship and the Chair’s Scholarship. For information on the specific scholarships offered, as well as resources to aid in the preparation of your application, please refer to the College of Social and Behavioral Science scholarship page here.

Requirements: Must be a declared Anthropology major. 

Please note: If you are a double major within the College of Social and Behavioral Science you must complete a departmental application for each of your majors in order to be considered for all possible scholarships.

Questions: Please email

Supplemental Questions
  1. What is your anticipated semester and year of graduation? (EX: Spring 2024)
  2. Have you received any scholarships or financial assistance from the University of Utah or other sources? If so, please list each by name, with applicable time period and dollar amount.
  3. Please provide a personal statement of 500 words or less that addresses the following; 1) Your background; 2) Your educational and career plans with a focus on how you plan to use your Anthropology degree to achieve them; 3) How a scholarship would benefit you. Note: The personal statement is a key component of the scholarship application, so please make sure your statement is thorough and detailed.
  4. Please describe any individual or university-sponsored research projects that you have been involved in (within or outside of the Department of Anthropology), including any anthropological research, projects or field schools that you have participated in. (200 words or less)
  5. If available, please upload a complete resume that includes academic, employment, and extracurricular accomplishments. (optional)
  6. The following questions are for students that would like to be considered for an Anthropology Field School Scholarship:
    • 1. Are you planning on, or interested in attending a University of Utah, Department of Anthropology Field School in the summer of 2023?
    • 2. If yes, please choose/indicate which Department of Anthropology field schools you have either applied for, or plan on applying for:
    • 3. Please provide a brief statement outlining why you would like to attend one of our field schools.
  7. The following information is about the Chair's Scholarship:

    • Qualifications:
      • Must be currently enrolled University of Utah student (undergraduate).
      • A declared Anthropology Major (with a minimum of 2 completed Anthropology Courses).
      • Maintained a 3.0 average in completed Anthropology Courses.
      • Complete an online or paper FAFSA application.
    • Preferences:
      • Preference will be given to applicants who are first-generation college students and/or those with demonstrated financial need. Whenever possible, scholars will be selected from applicants whose race/ethnicity is under-represented in higher education in Utah. Further, eligible students may be selected on the basis of family background, life challenges, scholastic effort and involvement in community activities or community leadership roles that promote equity, diversity and inclusion.
    • Benefits:
      • Up to $4,000 per academic year towards tuition and fees, up to three years.
      • Student support through academic advising and student programming
      • This scholarship is renewable for up to six semesters. To renew this award, students must qualify annually by maintaining a 3.0 average in Anthropology courses, making acceptable progress toward a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and abiding by the University of Utah, Student Code of Conduct. Students must also continue to qualify for Financial Aid (FAFSA) each year.
    • Do you want to apply for the Chair's Scholarship?
  8. Letters of Recommendation - Anthropology
    • TWO letters of recommendation are required, and at least one of these must be from an academic source, such as a current or former professor/teacher. The other can be from an employer, volunteer supervisor, but not a friend or family member. Applications that do not have the required letters will not be considered for awards. Please enter the email addresses of the two persons who have agreed to write letters of recommendation for you. 

      • Your reference must agree to write a letter BEFORE you put their contact information into your application. The very moment their contact information is input, an auto notification will be sent to them. If your reference did not agree to write a reference letter for you, they have every right to reject the system’s request.
      • Once your reference has agreed to write a letter for you, it is up to YOU to check your application to make sure the letter was submitted. You cannot see the letter but will be able to tell if it was received. Check the status of your letters by clicking on the "References" tab above.
      • Letters must be submitted by your reference by February 7, 2024.
  9. To be eligible for scholarships that list financial need as a criterion, a completed FAFSA application is required.

    Applicants who are U.S. Citizens, Legal Permanent Residents, and Eligible Nonresidents as defined by FAFSA are encouraged to complete an online federal financial aid application. Students not able to file an online FAFSA application (i.e., Dreamers with or without DACA and International Students) can fill out a paper application and submit it to the University Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid in the Student Services Building, Room 105. Click here to determine if you are eligible to complete an online FAFSA application.

    • Are you completing an electronic or paper FAFSA application?
    • Will you have completed your FAFSA application by April 1, 2024?
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