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Frison Institute Grants

The Frison Institute offers seven kinds of grants. Budgets may not include indirect costs.

June Frison Memorial Fund (max: $2000) is named after the late June Frison, George Frison’s wife of 65 years.  The fund provides seed money or project completion funds to professional archaeologists and students affiliated with the University of Wyoming.  It is generally limited to the UW faculty and graduate students, but outside applications will be considered depending on availability of funds. Due: September 15.

Fund for Wyoming Archaeology (max: $2,500, first available in spring 2016) This fund was developed in collaboration with the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund to support archaeological fieldwork in the State of Wyoming.  The Fund for Wyoming Archaeology provides critical seed funding for an archaeological survey or excavation project.  It is available to professional archaeologists working in Wyoming.  Due: Feb. 1

Patrick Orion Mullen Fund in Archaeological Science (max: $1000) is named after Patrick Orion Mullen, a doctoral student in the UW Department of Anthropology who was killed in a car accident in Alaska.  This fund provides assistance to graduate students conducting archaeological research with a preference for projects in Alaska, Wyoming, and New Mexico.  Successful proposals will take a strong scientific approach couched within human behavioral ecology or human-environment interactions, and use one of the archaeological sciences, such as isotopic studies, archaeological chemistry, demographic studies, geoarchaeology, and mathematical and computer modeling.  Projects incorporating public archaeology and aspects of heritage management are welcomed. Due: March 1.

William Tyrrell Fund (max: $1000) is named after William “Bill” Tyrrell, a longtime supporter of Wyoming archaeology and the Frison Institute.  The fund provides support for graduate students or advanced undergraduate students in archaeology researching the archaeology of Wyoming or the Rocky Mountains.  Preference is given to students at the University of Wyoming, but outside applications will be considered depending on availability of funds. Due: March 1.

WAPA Research Grant (max: $500) This fund provides research support to a graduate or undergraduate student at the University of Wyoming or one of its partner community colleges.  Funds are provided for the purpose of performing archaeological research in the State of Wyoming.  Due March 1

Alpine Archaeology Fund supports research into the high altitudes of western Wyoming and the Rocky Mountains.  Contact Institute director for further details.

Collections grants
(max: $500, no more than 2/yr) defray the cost of visiting the University of Wyoming archaeological collections for purposes of data collection.  Most archaeological collections recovered from the state of Wyoming, some 2,000,000 items, including extensive stone tool and faunal assemblages, are housed at the University of Wyoming, in the Anthropology building.  This grant can cover travel, living expenses, equipment, supplies, research assistance, and other relevant expenditures.  The Institute can provide space for research, as well as some equipment (awardees should check with the Institute director to see what equipment is available). The application should provide evidence of consultation with the curation facility to determine if the requisite collections will be available. For collections-related questions, contact: Dr. Jody Clauter,, or 307-766-3671. Applications can be submitted anytime.




The applications will be evaluated by the department Institute Committee on a competitive basis. Criteria used in evaluating the applications include contribution to understanding prehistory, quality of the scholarship, potential for publication, innovative ideas or techniques, and the practicality of the project.


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