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Department Scholarships

Application process for all Anthropology scholarships and awards:

The scholarship process for all students and all scholarships and awards begins with UWM’s Scholarship Portal. You will need to create a general profile and upload a copy of your most recent transcript. If you previously created a general profile and uploaded a transcript, you should update your profile with any new information and upload a newer version of your transcript that has your most recent grades on it.

When the application process is open for an award described below, you will see it in the Scholarship Portal. Application materials that are required for each award will also be specified in the portal.

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Dr. Robert Ritzenthaler Memorial Scholarship

The Department of Anthropology will be awarding multiple scholarships to Anthropology graduate students who will be in their second year of the Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program during the 2020-2021 academic year. The scholarships will be up to $1000 each (the number and size of awards will depend on the number of applications received) and are intended to support students’ research (e.g., travel expenses, supplies/equipment, conference fees). Applications are due May 15, 2020.

Sol Tax Scholarship

The Department of Anthropology will be awarding the Sol Tax Scholarship to multiple Anthropology PhD students to support their dissertation research. Any doctoral student may apply for the scholarship, although special consideration will be given to students who have additional research expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Awards will be up to $1,000 each (the number and size of awards will depend on the number of applications received) and paid during the Fall 2020 semester. Applications are due June 8, 2020.

Anthropology Department Preliminary Dissertation Research Award

This award, given with preference to students pursuing the PhD, provides $1,500 for preliminary research within the United States, including coverage of domestic travel and research expenses. Stipend or normal living expenses are not funded under this award. The required product from the awardee is the submission of a grant proposal to a major research funding institution (e.g., NSF, Wenner Gren) by January 15 of the year following receipt of the award. The consequence of not meeting the product requirement – that is, not submitting a grant proposal as stipulated – will be that the awardee will not subsequently be considered eligible for a graduate or dissertation fellowship. Applications are typically due March 1.

Leonard Family Anthropology Preliminary Dissertation Research Award

This award, given with preference to students pursuing the PhD, provides $2,500 for preliminary research outside of the United States, including coverage of international travel and research expenses. Stipend or normal living expenses are not funded under this award. The required product from the awardee is the submission of a grant proposal to a major research funding institution (e.g., NSF, Wenner Gren) by January 15 of the year following receipt of the award. The consequence of not meeting the product requirement – that is, not submitting a grant proposal as stipulated – will be that the awardee will not subsequently be considered eligible for a graduate or dissertation fellowship. Applications are typically due March 1.

Dr. Robert Ritzenthaler Memorial Research Internship in Anthropology

Anthropology graduate students who are currently enrolled in (or recently completed the requirements for) the Museum Studies Certificate Program at UWM are eligible to apply for this $1,500 scholarship which provides financial support so that the student can complete an internship at the Milwaukee Public Museum. The internship, which is offered each spring semester, depends on project and supervisor availability and may require previous experience and/or classes. The intern is required to commit to at least 125 hours of internship work during the semester to the project. The student may apply for credit, if desirable. Applications are typically due in November.