Scholarships and Grants


Through its scholarship programs, SAA works to increase diversity in the field of archaeology, support the future of the field, and help today’s students become tomorrow’s archaeologists . 

Native American Scholarships 
Opens for applications on October 1, 2022

The Native American Scholarships Fund (NASF) is an endowment established to foster a sense of shared purpose and positive interaction between archaeologists and Native Americans. Scholarships are open to all Native peoples from anywhere in the Americas, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Indigenous Pacific Islanders. It supports the Arthur C. Parker Scholarship for Archaeological Training for Native Americans and the SAA Native American Undergraduate and Graduate Archaeology Scholarships. 

Historically Underrepresented Groups Scholarships (HUGS)
Opens for applications on October 1, 2022

The SAA Historically Underrepresented Groups Scholarships (HUGS) help increase the number of under-represented minorities obtaining degrees in archaeology. It provides funding to minority archaeology students, helping them enhance their education and successfully prepare for a variety of careers in archaeology and heritage management.  

Cheryl L. Wase Memorial Scholarship for the Study of Archaeology 
Opens for applications on October 1, 2022

Cheryl L. Wase Memorial Scholarship for the Study of Archaeology provides funding for an undergraduate education in archaeology. It is awarded to women who are residents of New Mexico and pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology with a specialization in archaeology from a fully accredited university in the state of New Mexico (Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico State University, or University of New Mexico).  

Matthew Tobin Cappetta Archaeological Scholarship Endowment
Opens for applications on October 1, 2022

Patricia and Les Cappetta have established the Matthew Tobin Cappetta Archaeological Scholarship Endowment with a gift of $100,000 and it is their hope that others will be inspired to contribute to the endowment.

Donations to this endowment support a scholarship that covers tuition, required fees, and books or course materials for one or more graduate students (Master's or Ph.D) to help them complete a graduate degree in archaeology or anthropology in memory of Matthew Tobin Cappetta.


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

The H. and T. King Grants for Archaeology of the Ancient Americas will not be open for 2022 and will resume the grant application cycle for the 2023 funding year, with guidelines for applicants available in May 2022.

Prior to any award recommendation being finalized and publicly 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.