H. and T. King Grants for Archaeology of the Ancient Americas

The *H. and T. King Grants for Archaeology of the Ancient Americas, administered by the Society for American Archaeology, supports archaeological projects across Latin America (exclusive of the US) that show promise for transformative contributions to the understanding of the indigenous cultures from Mesoamerica, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.

The Call for Applications is closed.

COVID-19 made travel challenging, and many researchers still cannot access their field sites. Thus, the 2020 and 2021 grant awardees have not been able to start their H. and T. King Grant projects. In light of this backlog, the SAA will resume the grant application cycle for the 2023 funding year, with guidelines for applicants available in May 2022. Please note: the 2023 applications will be due November 16, 2022.

El COVID-19 ha dificultado los viajes y muchos investigadores aún no han podido realizar sus trabajos de campo. En consecuencia, los beneficiarios de los subsidios de los años 2020 y 2021 no han podido iniciar sus proyectos H. y T. King Grant. A la luz de este retraso, la SAA reanudará el ciclo de solicitud de subsidios para el año de financiación 2023, con pautas para los postulantes que estarán disponibles en mayo de 2022. Por favor, tenga en cuenta que las solicitudes de 2023 vencerán el 16 de noviembre de 2022.

*Formerly the H. and T. Grant for Precolumbian Archaeology

2021 H. and T. King Grant Recipients

2020 H. and T. King Grant Recipients

  • Tamara Bray
  • Jennifer Grant
  • Salomón Hocsman
  • Angela Huster
  • Jessica Munson and Jill Onken
  • Alexandre Tokovinine


Prior to any award recommendation being finalized and publically announced, anyone recommended for an award, scholarship, or grant will be required to certify the following:

(a)  I am not and have not ever been the subject of a discrimination or harassment lawsuit or related administrative complaint that resulted in an adverse finding; and

(b)  I do not have and have not had a current or pending disciplinary action such as suspension or termination of registration, resulting from a Register of Professional Archaeologists’ grievance investigation.

Society for American Archaeology Announces New Grant to Fund Precolumbian Archaeological Research

Dec 20, 2018

A generous new grant program administered by the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) will fund Latin American archaeological projects that show promise for significant contributions to understanding precolumbian Latin American indigenous cultures.

The H. and T. King Grant for Precolumbian Archaeology will award up to $60,000 per year to fund at least two, but preferably more, winning proposals for archaeological research, laboratory or collections study, or fieldwork focusing on the indigenous cultures from Mesoamerica, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.

“Grant support at this level for archaeological projects is difficult to find, particularly if you are an early career archaeologist or scholar,” said SAA President Susan M. Chandler. “The H. and T. King Grant will allow SAA to provide funding to the most capable scholars with the most promising projects, thus ensuring that important archaeological research vital to our understanding of precolumbian cultures is able to move forward.”

The grant program builds on the donors’ long-standing support of precolumbian scholarship.

“I have had the privilege of being able to study the precolumbian cultures of Latin America ever since the 1970s when we lived in Mexico,” said H. King. “And I have been able to work as an art historian for many years with the remarkable objects they left behind. My work would have hardly been possible without the work and writings of archaeologists, but much more remains to be discovered.”

The donors designed their grant to promote research that will lead to a fuller understanding of the complex history of precolumbian cultures.

“Given the dearth of historical records, it is so important that more archaeological work be done so that we can learn more about these extraordinary cultures which are, sadly, not well enough known when compared with their European counterparts,” T. King said.

 “We want to contribute to this endeavor as much as we can,” said H. King. “Without scientific excavations, precolumbian art history is, in many ways, deprived of the ‘story’.

Complete applications for the H. and T. King Grant for Precolumbian Archaeology should be submitted by e-mail to htkgrant.saa@gmail.com by February 15, 2019. A full description of the program, eligibility requirements, and application materials is available on the Society’s website, www.saa.org.

La Society for American Archaeology King Grant Announcement