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Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

Undergraduate Scholarships and Funding


Established by program benefactors, the Anthropology Program Endowed Scholarships are designed to help Anthropology undergraduates with their educational and professional development. Scholarships are awarded based on several criteria, including demonstrated academic merit, financial need and active involvement of the student in the Anthropology Program. These scholarships are:

 The Gordon N. & Dolores M. Keller Scholarship

The Gordon N. and Dolores M. Keller Scholarship was established in 2002 by Gordon and Dolores Keller in support of future generations of students in anthropology. Dr. Gordon Keller joined the Sociology Department at USU in 1962. He was USU's first, and for many years its only, anthropologist. Throughout his tenure at USU, Dr. Keller worked diligently to convince the administration to hire additional anthropology Professors, to recognize the importance of involving students in field - work opportunities and to create an undergraduate major in Anthropology at USU. Dr. Keller was instrumental in obtaining space in Old Main for both laboratories and offices. He was the founding father of Anthropology at USU.

The scholarship award academic year and must be used to cover educational costs, which may include student fees, books, tuition or other educational costs of the student’s choosing.

Recipients of awards from this fund shall be known as Gordon N. and Dolores M. Keller Scholars in Anthropology.

Dr. Gordon Keller observing the remains of an archaeological structure.

Dr. Gordon Keller observing the remains of an archaeological structure.


Please apply via Award Spring.

A committee of Anthropology professors will choose one (2) student from the applicants to receive this $900 award.

The Steven R. Simms Undergraduate Scholarship Endowment in Scientific Anthropology

The Steven R. Simms Undergraduate Scholarship Endowment in Scientific Anthropology was established in 2018 by Dr. Steven R. Simms, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Utah State University. In April 1990, Dr. Simms and his mentor Dr. Carol J. Loveland initiated the Utah State University Anthropology Scholarship. Dr. Loveland passed away in 1995. Dr. Simms retired in 2018 after a 30-year career at Utah State University. He left Utah State with a legacy of scientific inquiry, having done archaeological field work throughout the United States and the Middle East for over 45 years. He has authored over 100 scientific publications, technical reports, and monographs. He also directed over 60 archaeological research projects; and published two books. Dr. Simms has generously revitalized their initial scholarship with a greater emphasis toward scientific excellence in Anthropology. This endowment serves as a lasting tribute to the integrity and life’s work of Steven R. Simms and Carol J. Loveland.

Dr. Simms wishes to award scholarships to undergraduate anthropology students whose interests and aptitudes reside in an explicitly scientific paradigm and approach to problems in anthropology. This scholarship award must be used for tuition and student fees during the immediately following academic year.

Dr. Steven Simms

Dr. Steven R. Simms, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology


Please apply via Award Spring

A committee of Anthropology professors will choose one (1) student from the applicants to receive this $2000 award, which may be used for 2019-2020 tuition, fees, or USU field school costs.


Research and Travel Funding

Undergraduate Research & Creative Opportunities (URCO) Grants

Anthropology Student Research Enhancement Fund (ASREF) Grants

Graduate Scholarships and Funding

Anthropology Master's Program

process for determining Graduate Assistanceships and Tuition Awards.

University-sponsored Funding

Visit the School of Graduate Studies "Tuition and Financial Aid" page for information about the following scholarships, fellowships, assistantships, and tuition waivers.

  • Alumni Legacy Scholarship
  • Seely-Hinckley Scholarship
  • Non-Resident Tuition Waivers
  • External/Private Scholarships
  • X-STEM Assistantship
  • Travel Funding
  • Graduate Research & Creative Opportunities Grant

 Graduate Student Travel Funding

The Graduate Student Travel Award promotes student involvement in their disciplines by partially funding travel costs associated with professional presentations at regional, national and international conferences.

Each year, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies allocates $50,000 to the Travel Award program. Funds are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis each month so whether your conference is in January or December, you are eligible to receive the same amount of support.

The maximum amount of funding from RGS, per student, is as follows (note that funds must be matched dollar-for-dollar from a department or other university source, conference travel-grants can be used for the match):

  • International Conference: $400 from RGS
  • National Conference: $300 from RGS
  • Regional Conference (i.e. conferences held in UT, ID, WY, CO, NM, AZ, NV): $200 from RGS

 All full-time graduate students are eligible to apply for an RGS Graduate Student Travel Award. You may apply multiple times per fiscal year, but will only be funded once during that year. You are eligible to receive an RGS Travel Award twice during your Master's program. Only one student per presentation/poster will be funded, though multiple students may be funded to attend the same meeting/conference.