AWIARE / Friends of Weedon Island Grant 2021

AWIARE / Friends of Weedon Island Grant

The Friends of Weedon Island (FOWI) have contributed $2000 to AWIARE for undergraduate student grants in 2021.

Deadline for applications: December 15, 2020

The Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education, Inc. (AWIARE), in cooperation with the Friends of Weedon Island (FOWI), is making available up to $1,000 to provide assistance to budding scholars enrolled in an undergraduate (B.A., B.S.) program in a Florida college or university.  Undergraduate students conducting archaeological, historical, and paleoenvironmental research in the greater Tampa Bay region of Florida are eligible for the grant.  

Grant funds may be used to cover the costs associated with fieldwork, special analyses (e.g., radiocarbon dates, faunal or botanical analyses, soils analysis, etc.), collections research, documents research, travel expenses associated with research projects, and travel expenses associated with presenting a paper based on the student's research at a professional meeting. 

Priority will be given to applicants whose proposals include 1) field research at Weedon Island Preserve; 2) research using artifact, faunal, or documents collections at AWIARE; 3) field research at sites in the greater Tampa Bay area (Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee counties); 4) research using Tampa Bay area collections held elsewhere (e.g., Florida Museum of Natural History, Bureau of Archaeological Research, Smithsonian Institution, universities, local museums, private collections).  

Research related to the Weeden Island culture and period is encouraged but not required.  Paleoenvironmental research must have applicability to archaeological or historical time periods (i.e., Late Pleistocene through the modern era) and interests (e.g., human-environment interaction; effects of sea level variation on human populations; climatic variability through time).

Students interested in applying for the grant should submit a letter not to exceed two pages that describes the project for which the funds are being requested; what research question(s) or problem(s) are being addressed; how the funds will be applied to these problems; what, if any, additional funds will be used to accomplish the research; and how the research will contribute to Florida archaeology. The applicant should include a budget indicating the amount requested and describing how the money will be spent along with a letter(s) of support from faculty.

Applications for the 2021 award are now being accepted and can be sent to: Dr. Robert Austin, AWIARE/FOWI Student Grant, AWIARE, 1500 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702 or by email to awiare1@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2020.

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