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Instructions for Research & Travel Grants


Proposal Submission and Reporting Requirements

Applications and proposals accepted between January 1 to February 15 each year for standard research and travel grants.

Research Grants

Proposal Instructions

In addition to the application form the applicant should submit a research proposal.

Proposals should include:

  1. Research Objectives
  2. Theoretical Approach and Techniques to Be Used for Data Collection and Analysis
  3. Relevance of Techniques to Objectives
  4. Expected Research Gain
  5. Means of Sharing Information with the Public and Professional Community (e.g., lectures, displays, papers, etc.)
  6. How avocational archaeologists will be incorporated if appropriate.
  7. Indication that Appropriate Permits and (if needed) Human Subjects Authorization have been Obtained.
  8. Repository where Research, Documentation and Articles (if appropriate) will be Housed.
  9. Itemized Budget, detailing complete project expenses, with that portion to be covered by AAHS grant indicated.

Proposal Process


Text should not exceed 3 pages excluding tables, figures and references.

Text should be single spaced, 12-point with one inch margins.

Review and Evaluation

Proposals are reviewed by the AAHS Research Grant Committee and evaluated on a 10 point scale on the basis of:

  • Quality and Presentation (Up to 8 points)
  • Contribution to the Professional and Avocational Community (1 point)
  • Budget quality and financial need (1 point)
  • Applicants that self-identify as African American, Asian American, Native American, Hispanic, indigenous Pacific Islander, or multiracial in some combination of the aforementioned five ethnicities (0.5 point)

Report Requirements for Research Grants

Grant recipients are required to report the results of their research or travel to the President of AAHS within 90 days of completion. If the research extends beyond the calendar year of the award, the recipient must present a progress report as well as a final report on the completion of the project. In addition, recipients may be asked to give a brief presentation at an AAHS meeting or to submit a short report for publication in Glyphs, the Society’s newsletter. Your report should be emailed to AAHS President and Chair of the Scholarship and Research Committee.

Grant Fund Use Examples

Items such as computer time, specialized analysis, photographic supplies, or other supplies needed for a particular study.
Funds cannot be used to purchase capital equipment.

Travel Grants

We will not be accepting applications for virtual conferences.

In addition to the application form the applicant should submit a short proposal that  indicates your reason for attending the meeting, for example, presenting a paper, invited discussant, etc. and should outline the expected benefit of attending the conference or workshop. Include a copy of the presentation abstract if applicable.

Report Requirements for Travel Grants

If a paper was presented at the conference a copy should be sent to the Chair of the Scholarship and Research Committee. If no paper was presented please submit a short summary of activities participated in at the conference.