Award Details


Douglas C. Kellogg Fellowship for Geoarchaeological Research

Nomination/Submission Deadline: 20 Dec 2019

Award Description

The Douglas C. Kellogg Fellowship provides support for dissertation research, with emphasis on fieldwork and/or laboratory portions of this research, for graduate students in the earth sciences and archaeology. Under the auspices of the SAA's Geoarchaeology Interest Group, family, friends, and close associates of Douglas C. Kellogg formed a memorial in his honor.

Who Is Eligible to Submit Nominations or Apply for the Award

Recipients of the Kellogg Fellowship will be students who are (1) actively pursuing the Ph.D. degree in earth sciences or archaeology; (2) applying earth science methods to archaeological research and (3) seeking to engage in a career in geoarchaeology.

Nomination/Submission Materials Required

The application should consist of (1) a research proposal no more than three pages in length (excluding references) that describes the research and its potential contributions to American archaeology, (2) a curriculum vita, and (3) two letters of support, including one from the dissertation committee chair that certifies that the student is conducting the proposed research along with the expected date of completion of the degree. Electronic submissions as pdfs sent to the award committee chair are preferred. File names must include the applicants surname or last name. The fellowship (Douglas C. Kellogg Fellowship for Geoarchaeological Research) must be clearly indicated in the proposal title.

Other Special Requirements

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

For 2019, the awardee receives $900. As the fund grows, the award amount may increase as the annual interest increases. 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 proposals and selects recipients for the Douglas C. Kellogg Fund for Geoarchaeological Research Award and the Paul Goldberg Award (formerly the Geoarchaeology Interest Group M.A./M.S. Research Award). These awards are presented in support of research with emphasis on the field and/or laboratory parts of this research for graduate students in the earth sciences and archaeology at the Doctoral level and the Master’s level, respectively.

Committee Composition

Committee composition is one chair and at least four members. 

Term Length

Three years.

Award Cycle


Committee Chair and End of Term

Cynthia M. Fadem [2020]

Committee Chair Contact Information

Committee Members and Ends of Terms

Katherine Adelsberger [2021], Christopher Hill [2021], Julie Esdale [2022], Jessi Halligan [2022] 

Selection or Evaluation Criteria

The committee reads the proposals and selects the best one based on relative merit. Important questions for evaluation include the following: Does the proposal seek to do interesting and novel research? Are the methods and theory sound and applicable? Is the proposal well written and coherent? Can what the proposal seeks to do be accomplished in the stated time?

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

After each committee member reads and evaluates each application, the committee meets and votes electronically. A simple majority is sufficient; if there is a deadlock the chair provides the tie-breaking vote.

2019  Jacob P. Warner

For his project developing the bivalve, Donax obesulus, as a proxy for El Niño Southern Oscillation dynamics in archaeological contexts in north-central coastal Peru.

2018    Rachel Cajigas

2017    Naomi Frances Miller

2016    Jennifer Kielhofer

2015    Bryn Letham

2014    Michael Aiuvalasit

2013    Craig Fertelmes

2012    Joe D. Wilson, Jr.

2011    Teresa Wriston

2010    None

2009    Benjamin Vining

2008    Kurt Rademaker

2007    Katherine A. Adelsberger

2006    Heidi Luchsinger

2005    Ian Buvit

2004    None

2003    Aleksander Borejsza