Student Funding: Scholarships, Grants, and Awards

Below are scholarships, grants, and awards available to Anthropology students.


Scholarships available through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

There are a variety of scholarship opportunities available though the CSUN Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.  Apply online by clicking here.

CSUN Dept of Anthropology Nancy Sharon Pierce Travel Scholarships 2018-19

The Department of Anthropology, CSUN, solicits applications for the Nancy Sharon Pierce Travel Scholarship. Funds up to $500 are available for conference travel (based on availability of funds):

  • up to $500 for students who are first authors on papers

  • up to $250 for students who are co-authors on faculty papers
  • up to $100 for students who are attending the conference but not presenting

Click here to download the application.

You must provide evidence that you have applied for funding to the Associated Students and Grad Studies.


  • Requests for $100 or less will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Requests for $101 or more must be submitted on or before March 1,2016.

Applications must be submitted in hard copy to the department office.  Electronic submissions will not be accepted.

CSUN Associated Students Travel and Research Funding

Student Travel and Academic Research (STAR) is available for up to $600 per student for 6 students ($3600) per academic department, per conference who have submitted a research or creative work proposal, and their work has been accepted for presentation. Proof of acceptance for each student traveling is required to receive STAR Funding.  Apply online by going to the AS Funding Website.

Graduate Student Travel Awards (CSUN Graduate Studies)

The Office of Graduate Studies provides a limited number of travel awards (up to $400) for graduate students who are presenting a paper, poster or performance at a peer-reviewed professional conference. Please download and complete the application and return it to Gloria Rocklin via email at:  .

Note: Students must first seek funds from the Office of Associated Students (AS) (see Associated Students Travel and Research Funding above to apply)

The Antonio Gilman Award in Archaeology

This award is presented each year to the department’s outstanding student in Archaeology, as selected by the faculty.  Professor Emeritus Antonio Gilman is one of the foremost scholars of the European Bronze Age, especially the Iberian Peninsula.  His publications on the prehistory of Iberia, political economy, Marxist archaeology, and the development of social inequality are influential and widely cited.  Dr. Gilman received his A.B. from Harvard College, a B.A. from Cambridge University, M.A. from Cambridge University, and the Ph.D. from Harvard University.  He served with distinction at Northridge from 1973 to 2007, with multiple terms as Department Chair.  He remains active in the field, continuing to publish and serving as a reviewer on international panels.


Dr. Antonio Gilman at his retirement party in 2007.

The Bruce Gelvin Endowed Scholarship

This award is awarded to an outstanding student in Biological Anthropology.  Dr. Gelvin joined the CSUN Department of Anthropology in 1972, and in 1975 he earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Missouri, Columbia.  His dissertation was titled: The Primate Os Coxae and the Classification of the Primates.  His research interests centered on the application of quantitative methods to human and nonhuman primate skeletal and dental data, as they apply to problems in human and nonhuman primate evolution and comparative growth.  Dr. Gelvin is largely responsible for the department’s impressive fossil cast collection.  He chaired the CSUN Department of Anthropology from 2001 to 2003.


Dr. Bruce Gelvin has been a longtime supporter of conservation efforts.  Here, he and his wife Diane are photographed with a Mt. gorilla male in Rwanda in 2008.

The Keith Morton Memorial Scholarship


This award is awarded to an outstanding student in Socio-cultural Anthropology.  Dr. Morton earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Oregon in 1972 and joined the Department of Anthropology of CSUN that year.  His research interests focused on Pacific and North American ethnology.  Research for his doctoral dissertation included fieldwork in the Kingdom of Tonga, and Dr. Morton later served as a consultant on Tongan culture for the Peace Corps.  He also researched the Tongan immigrant community of Los Angeles.  In his spare time, Dr. Morton volunteered at Westhills Baseball where his son Josh played for 10 years.  He received the Achievement Award for outstanding service in 1990.  Dr. Morton chaired the CSUN Department of Anthropology from 1978 to 1984.

Dr. Keith Morton, along with his wife Vicki and daughter Andrea (seen on the right), lived in the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific in 1970-71 to conduct fieldwork for his doctoral dissertation.

Michael J. McIntyre Scholarship for Public Archaeology

This scholarship is given to a student who is preparing for a career in the field of public archaeology and who is planning to undertake an internship related to public archaeology.

The Department of Anthropology Book Award

This award is given to honor students for their outstanding academic achievements and/or their outstanding service to the department.

Carol McWirter Best Thesis Scholarship

This award is given to a graduate student who has submitted an outstanding master’s thesis.