Yale University students and faculty have access to some of the finest collegiate resources in the world. Archaeological Studies students may research using the second-largest academic library in the world, extremely important and extensive museum collections, and state of the art research facilities ranging from a Center for Earth Observation to a metallurgical laboratory.
Yale University offers its students many options when it comes to funding their research. Some of these are intended primarily for Archaeology students, including those listed below.
The Josef Albers Traveling Fellowships
[pdf] — Josef Albers was a well known modernist painter and theorist who was chair of the Yale Department of Design from 1950-1958. The Josef Albers Foundation established the Albers Traveling Fellowship to be used for awards to Yale students (graduate and undergraduate), post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty for travel and research expenses in connection with scholarly research involving pre-Columbian art and artifacts of Mesoamerica, Central America, and South America.
The Michael Coe Fieldwork Fund
[pdf] — Michael D. Coe is the Charles J. MacCurdy Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Yale. Renowned for his decades of research, especially that on the Maya and Olmec civilizations, Coe retired in 1994. The Coe Fieldwork Fund was established primarily for undergraduate Archaeological Studies majors seeking to fulfill their summer fieldwork requirement, although others, including M.A. and Ph.D. students, may be considered. See the description for application requirements.
The Augusta Hazard Fund
[pdf] — The Augusta Hazard Fund is a research fellowhip available to Ph.D. graduate students who plan foreign travel for archaeological research during the summer. Grants, which are intended to help defray travel expenses, ordinarily range from $1000-$1500.
A number of research facilities are available to archaeological studies students. They include:
- The Center for Earth Observation
- An Anthropological Anatomy Lab
- The Yale University Archaeology Laboratories (YUAL), a collection of nine separate archaeology teaching labs and other associated spaces
The Yale University Library System is the second-largest academic collection in the world. With around 13 million volumes spread over 22 buildings, the collection is one of the world's great centers for scholarly research.
Sterling Memorial Library, the largest and most central library on campus, contains around 4 million volumes. Of particular importance to students of Achaeological Studies are the Art & Architecture, Anthropology, Geology, and Classics collections.
Yale University has major museums of interest to individuals studying Archaeological Studies. The Peabody Museum of Natural History contains extensive collections which are largely available to students for research. From Incan pottery or Egyptian statues to fine palaeontological examples of ancint species, the Peabody boasts one of the most important collections in the country.
The Yale University Art Gallery gives students and affiliates of the university the opportunity to work with some spectacular pieces of art. Of particular importance to Archaeological Studies students are the Ancient Art and the Art of the Ancient Americas collections.
For information regarding our Summer Program, please email Karen Phillips, the Registrar of Archaeological Studies.