Archaeological Institute of America - Graduate student paper award

December 01, 2021

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Fellowship & Research Essay

Location (s):

  • United States of America
  • Worldwide


Graduate students are the future of our profession and contribute substantially to the success of the Archaeological Institute of America’s Annual Meeting by delivering papers based on original research. Through its Graduate Student Paper Award, the Archaeological Institute of America recognizes this contribution and encourages outstanding research by students.


Eligibility and General Information

Eligible students are predoctoral students in any discipline related to archaeology who have had a paper accepted by the Program for the Annual Meeting Committee for presentation at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the AIA and who have checked the box labeled “Graduate student paper award” on the Open Session Submission Form that reads, “I am a graduate student and sole author of this paper and wish to be considered for the Graduate Student Paper Award.” If you are presenting as part of a session, you need to remind your session chair to check this box for you when they submit all of the session materials. Only graduate students who have a paper accepted by the Program for the Annual Meeting Committee and have checked the box on the Submission Form will be eligible for the award. Accepted papers should then be submitted by email and in their entirety to the Graduate Student Paper Award Committee for award consideration. All submissions are by self-nomination and remain anonymous throughout the award selection process. The full written paper along with images must be received by the award deadline. In substance and form, the paper that is delivered should be the same as that submitted.

The written paper and its oral and visual presentation will be judged for (1) originality, (2) concision and (3) delivery. Assessment of the presentation will not be affected either by the technological format of presentation or by circumstances beyond the presenter’s control, but rather it will be judged by the organization and rhetorical delivery. The selection committee consists of faculty and scholars who are members of the AIA.

Co-authored papers: We encourage collaborative work between students and will consider co-authored papers when all contributors hold student status. We are not able to accept papers with a senior scholar as co-author (anyone holding a Ph.D. at the time of submission) since the committee cannot determine the amount of input from the student author(s).

Text and images should be submitted by email in PDF format to Samantha Austin at  

Our Mission

  • The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) is the world's oldest and largest archaeological organization. The AIA is a nonprofit founded in 1879 and chartered by the United States Congress in 1906. We have members in more than 100 Local Societies in the United States, Canada, and overseas. These members include professional archaeologists, students, and enthusiasts, all united by their passion for archaeology and its role in furthering human knowledge.
  • The AIA promotes archaeological inquiry and public understanding of the material record of the human past to foster an appreciation of diverse cultures and our shared humanity. The AIA supports archaeologists, their research and its dissemination, and the ethical practice of archaeology. The AIA educates people of all ages about the significance of archaeological discovery and advocates for the preservation of the world’s archaeological heritage.
  • The AIA's members who are professional archaeologists have conducted fieldwork worldwide. The Institute has founded research centers and schools in seven countries and maintains close contact with these institutions. AIA Members are dedicated to the greater understanding of archaeology, the protection and preservation of the world's archaeological resources, and the support of archaeological research and publication.

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Submission Requirements

  • Submissions must be in 12 pt Times New Roman, double spaced, with 1″ margins
  • Presenter names should NOT appear on any submitted materials
  • Allotted presentation time should be included in the document immediately under the paper title
  • Paper length should be appropriate for the time slot allowed (ca. 2 minutes per page is a good rule of thumb). Any paper that exceeds the appropriate length will not be considered.
  • Accompanying images must be submitted separately from the paper
  • Co-authored papers are only accepted when all contributors hold student status


Deadline: December 01, 2021

Cost/funding for participants:

The award will include a certificate of achievement and a prize consisting of books from multiple presses that exhibit at the Annual Meeting. The winner will also receive complimentary meeting registration, two tickets to the Opening Night Reception, and two nights stay at the meeting hotel to attend the following year’s Annual Meeting, where they will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony.

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