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The IFR offers top-notch, peer-reviewed field research schools. What does that mean for you? When you take part in an IFR field school you become a part of a global community of scholars dedicated to the preservation and understanding of our share... read more

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The IFR offers top-notch, peer-reviewed field research schools. What does that mean for you? When you take part in an IFR field school you become a part of a global community of scholars dedicated to the preservation and understanding of our share cultural heritage and the natural world. In a field school you are not just a student. You are a steward. YOU are the researcher. IFR students contribute to data collection, processing, and interpretation. The hands-on nature of our programs enable you to take part in the real work of the most cutting-edge scientists in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, environmental science, and paleontology.

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Program Length(s):
  • Summer
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Natural Resources, Conservation
  • Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Area, Ethnic and Group Studies
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
  • Museum Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Marine Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
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Institute for Field Research Scholarships

The Vera R. Campbell Promise Scholarship is dedicated to the support of California State University Los Angeles (CSULA) undergraduate students as well as undergraduate students with economically challenged backgrounds who were raised in Los Angeles County. Several past Vera R. Campbell Promise Scholarship awardees were the first in their families to attend a college or university and had never traveled outside California, let alone the US. This scholarship provides significant funding for selected students who preferably have not yet attended a field program and who otherwise would not have the financial means to participate in a field school. IFR’s field programs take place throughout the world and across disciplines. This scholarship provides the following benefits: Direct financial support of up to $5,000 to offset the cost of attending an IFR field school. Two one-on-one personalized mentorship sessions (via video conferencing) with an IFR Academic Board member prior to the field program so that you gain insight from an expert archeologist about getting the most from this field school. Access to online asynchronous materials to help you get ready for and succeed in your field experience, the new location, and as a member of a group working to discover the past. Post field school mentorship sessions to help you leverage this field school experience for work careers, both inside and outside academia. Upon completion of their field programs, all scholarship awardees will be supported and mentored in preparing a short (10-15 minute) presentation about the field experience to a group of business leaders in Los Angeles. The goal is to provide students with the ability to reflect, articulate and present their field experience, to get feedback from leaders in a range of businesses, and to start forming relationships and networking with these prominent individuals. Awardees of each annual scholarship cycle will be given the opportunity to serve as mentors for students who will come after them in future years. Our goal is to create a broad system of support for all awardees that will leverage financial, intellectual, academic and community gains to support and advance your long-term life and careers goals.


Deadline is April 8, 2022 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Standard Time).

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must: be an undergraduate student that was raised in the Los Angeles area (attended a high school in Los Angeles County)* OR be an undergraduate student at California State University Los Angeles (CSULA) in good standing have a minimum GPA of 2.7 be at least 18 years old by the first day of the field school program applicants who have not yet attended a study away field program will be given priority consideration have completed a 2021-2022 FAFSA application. If you did not complete a FAFSA application this year, you need to submit a Student Aid Report (SAR) for your most recent FAFSA application. *Note: To be eligible, you do not need to be actively enrolled in an academic institution. Consideration will be given to applicants who started their undergraduate career and are taking a break before resuming their studies or who graduated in 2021 or later. Students of any nationality or major may apply. Previous Vera Campbell Scholarship awardees are not eligible, but may apply to other IFR scholarship programs, if available.