How to fund your HRM MA degree

October 22, 2018

By Erin Hogg

Going back to graduate school can be a considerable financial investment, so we've pulled together a selection of awards and scholarship opportunities available to Heritage Resource Management Master’s students. Be sure to follow the links for detailed and up-to-date information on award requirements, eligibility and deadlines.

Do you know of other funding opportunities for archaeology and heritage resource management grad students? We’d love to add them to our list. Please email them to us at  

SFU Teaching Assistantships
Application deadline: typically two months before start of each semester  

Are you based in the Vancouver area? Are you a natural communicator who enjoys mentoring other students? Each semester, there are a number of openings for Teaching Assistants within SFU’s Department of Archaeology and other departments. Applicants must hold a BA or BSc and have sufficient knowledge in the discipline in order to be able to interpret the course material.

SFU Endowed/Private Awards  
Application deadline: early June for fall semester

Simon Fraser University offers a number of private or endowed awards to graduate students, some of which are relevant to HRM students. For example, our students can apply for awards such as the The Alexia Sepideh Kiaii Archaeology Graduate Scholarship, The Dr. Jack Nance Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Archaeology, The Dr. J.V. Christensen Graduate Scholarship, and The Roy L. Carlson Graduate Scholarship in Prehistoric British Columbia Archaeology. There may be others that are pertinent to your specific area of research, so it’s a good idea to go online and review the full list of awards.

Mitacs Accelerate Research Internships
Application deadline: June 15, 2019 (included in your SFU HRM master’s application)

If you are a seasoned practitioner and available to work in British Columbia then you might consider applying for one of our Mitacs internships. Between 2019 and 2022, several Mitacs Accelerate research internships will be available to HRM Master’s candidates. The Mitacs interns will receive up to $15,000 in stipend and research funding to work with Nlaka'pamux Nation Tribal Council and Teck Highland Valley Copper Operations representatives on one of five priority projects. To be considered for this funding opportunity, prospective students should include in their HRM program application a clear statement of their interest and capacities to pursue thesis research in one of the priority areas.

Canada Graduate Scholarships — Master’s Program
Application Deadline: December 1, 2018

The CGS Master’s Program supports up to 2,500 students annually in all disciplines and is administered jointly by Canada’s three federal granting agencies: CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC. Canadian SFU HRM students are eligible to apply for these master’s level scholarships, valued at $17,500 for 12 months. SFU provides help with the application process, including a fall workshop.

Society for American Archaeology Native American Scholarships
Application Deadline: December 17, 2018

The SAA first created the Native American Scholarships Fund in 1988 to support Native people interested in studying archaeology. Scholarships are open to all Native peoples from anywhere in the Americas, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Indigenous Pacific Islanders. There are two categories of awards that may be applicable to Indigenous HRM Master’s candidates: 1) the SAA Arthur C. Parker Scholarship for Archaeological Training for Native Americans to support archaeological training or a research program for Native American students or employees of tribal cultural preservation programs (up to $5,000); and 2) the SAA Native American Graduate Archaeology Scholarship to support graduate studies for Native American students, including but not limited to tuition, travel, food, housing, books, supplies, equipment, and child care (up to $10,000).

Society for American Archaeology Historically Underrepresented Groups Scholarships (HUGS)
Application deadline: January of each year

These scholarships, valued at $3,000, provide funding to minority archaeology students, helping them enhance their education and successfully prepare for a variety of careers in archaeology and heritage management. The SAA is committed to the inclusion of underrepresented minorities in archaeology and is working to increase recruitment and retention of African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, and other non-European minorities in professional archaeology. The applicant must be in the first or second year of graduate studies, and cannot already have an master’s degree at the time of application.


PaleoWest Foundation Graduate Scholarship
Application Deadline: October 1, 2018

The PaleoWest Foundation Graduate Scholarship supports innovative graduate students and their research. If selected, grants up to $2,000 will be awarded to applicants. The number of awardees will depend on funding availability and the quality of the applications. Any graduate student currently enrolled in an anthropology or archaeology program may apply and the funds may be used any way the student sees fit. However, priority will be given to those students applying the funds to innovative research, dissertation writing, or completing a degree.

Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society Research and Travel Grants
Application period: January 1-February 15

The AAHS annually awards both Standard Research Grants and Travel Grants. Applicants must be focused on study or research in one of the following disciplines: Southwestern archaeology, anthropology, American Indian studies, ethnohistory or history. Standard Research Grants are valued at up to $1000. Travel Grants are awarded to cover the cost of travel to professional conferences and workshops and are valued up to $500. Membership in the Society is required and only one award will be granted per applicant per year.


Erin Hogg is a Program Associate with the Heritage Resource Management Graduate Program.