The Ofer Bar-Yosef Scholarship
Now accepting applications. The deadline to apply is January 31.
The "Required Application Materials" section has been updated.
The Ofer Bar-Yosef Scholarship for Advanced Doctoral Students in Old World Prehistory
The Bar-Yosef family created the Ofer Bar-Yosef Scholarship to honor and celebrate the life and remarkable archaeological career of Professor Ofer Bar-Yosef. Professor Bar-Yosef's research made foundational contributions to our understanding of human evolution and cultural development from the Lower Paleolithic to the development of Neolithic farming economies and sedentary villages, and geographically spanned the entire Old World from Western Europe to China.
The Ofer Bar-Yosef Scholarship acknowledges and supports excellence among advanced graduate students pursuing a doctoral degree on some facet of prehistoric archaeology in the Old World. The scholarship is intended for students who have already completed their coursework and all other requirements for the doctoral degree except the dissertation itself (research and/or writing). The Ofer Bar-Yosef Scholarship is given specifically to facilitate completion of the applicant's doctoral degree. The scholarship is open to students whose research focuses on Paleolithic, Mesolithic, or Neolithic archaeology (or their broadly equivalent temporal or cultural manifestations) in Europe, Asia, Africa, or Australia. The goal is to help promising advanced students to produce superlative dissertations in these fields.
The Scholarship is a one-time only award of $5,000 that can be used to cover field and/or laboratory expenses, as well as basic living expenses while writing the dissertation. The funds must not be used for purchases of permanent equipment, or for the main stages of excavation and data collection.
● A completed application. A paper application is currently available; the online application should be available by October 6, 2023.
● A letter of recommendation from the student's principal advisor or supervisor. Among other things, this letter should attest to (1) the importance, quality, and feasibility of the student's dissertation research, and (2) their progress toward completion of the degree. The recommendation letter should be mailed separately by the supervisor. The letter of recommendation should be emailed to Dr. Natalie Munro at email@example.com. Please ask your supervisor to put your name in the subject line.