Award Details


Dienje Kenyon Memorial Fellowship

Nomination/Submission Deadline: 13 Dec 2019

Award Description

In honor of the late Dienje M. E. Kenyon, a fellowship is offered to support a female archaeologist in the early stages of graduate zooarchaeology training, Kenyon’s specialty. An award of $500 will be made. To qualify for the award, applicants must be enrolled an M.A. or Ph.D. degree program focusing on archaeology. Strong preference will be given to applicants in the early stage of research project development and/or data collection, under the mentorship of a zooarchaeologist.

Who Is Eligible to Submit Nominations or Apply for the Award

Female graduate students in archaeology are eligible to apply.

Nomination/Submission Materials Required

Any submission for the Dienje Kenyon Fellowship is required to have 1) a 1500-word statement of proposed zooarchaeological research by the applicant towards which the award would be applied, 2) a curriculum vita that clearly indicates when graduate studies began. These materials should be sent as an email attachment (Microsoft Word d) to the committee chair. Additional materials are described below.

Other Special Requirements

In addition to the statement of proposed research and a curriculum vita, a letter of support from the student's primary advisor who can speak to the applicant's work and research potential is required. The letter must indicate the year in which the applicant began graduate studies. This letter should be e-mailed directly to the chair by the student's primary advisor.

Nature of Award (e.g. monetary, medal, symposium)

The winning applicant will receive a $1,000 fellowship in order to complete the proposed research, described in the application materials. In addition, the awardee is recognized by the SAA through a plaque presented during the business meeting held at the Annual Meeting, a citation in The SAA Archaeological Record, and acknowledgment on the awards page of the SAA Website.

Current Committee Charge

The committee solicits nominations and selects recipients for the Dienje Kenyon Memorial Fellowship. The fellowship is presented in support of research by women students in the early stages of their archaeological training. It is presented in honor of Dienje Kenyon.

Committee Composition

Committee composition is chair and at least four members.

Term Length

Term length is three years. Individuals ending their terms cycle off the committee at the close of the Business Meeting held during the annual SAA Meeting, and new appointees begin their terms at this time.

Award Cycle


Committee Chair and End of Term

Christyann M. Darwent [2020]

Committee Chair Contact Information

Committee Members and Ends of Terms

Naomi Cleghorn [2020], Erin Thornton [2020], Rebecca Dean [2021], Catherine West [2021]

Selection or Evaluation Criteria

Successful applications will demonstrate how the Dienje Kenyon Memorial Fellowship will make a significant contribution to the applicant’s research as well as to zooarchaeology in general.

Committee Deliberation Process (e.g. dates, venue)

The committee will meet electronically to evaluate the applications once the submission deadline has passed.

2019  Weronika Tomczyk
Weronika Tomczyk is the recipient of this year's Dienje Kenyon Memorial Fellowship. She received her BA and MA degrees from the University of Warsaw, Institute of Archaeology, and is currently a PhD student at Stanford University. Her project is focused on assessing whether bone assemblages within Wari Empire archaeological sites were the result of a strict imperial economic policy, an adaptable policy which depended on existing local situations and environmental conditions, or a fusion of influences from multiple societies with variable acceptance of Wari cultural traditions. Wari’s unprecedented conquest of a large part of the Andean world may have been motivated not by an interest in gathering power or spreading their particular religious beliefs, but rather by the acquisition of new natural resources, perhaps insufficient in their Ayacucho Valley heartland. To reveal information about animal management in Wari culture, she will combine standard zooarchaeological with stable isotope analyses and geometric morphometrics.

2018 Ashleigh Rogers

2017 Katie Tardio

2016 Arianne Boileau

2015 Allison L. Wolfe

2014 Sarah Raffae MacIntosh

2013 Shoshana Rosenberg

2012 Angela Perri

2011 Carla Hadden

2010 Ashley Sharpe

2009 Kayla P. Pettit

2008 Sarah G. Bergh

2007 Jennifer L. Henecke

2006 Sarah Elizabeth Mistak

2005 Michelle LeFebvre

2004 Jamie Clark

2003 Elizabeth Arnold

2002 Elizabeth Espy

2001 Briana Pobiner

2000 Rhonda Bathurst