University Scholarships

College of Liberal Arts - open in Winter Term


  • Kelly G. Bacon Scholarship
  • Dean's Scholarship
  • Tom and Pat Gallagher Scholarship
  • David Morgan Kiekel Memorial Scholarship
  • Genevieve Andrews Pershke Scholarship
  • Florence Gradon Ragen and Louis Brooks Ragen Scholarship
  • Lisa Taubman Scholarship

OSU Anthropology Specific - 
Most Applications are due Friday of Finals Week, Winter Term

NEW: The Deanna Kingston Graduate Teaching Assistantship Award

The Anthropology program is proud to offer the Deanna Kingston Memorial Graduate Teaching Assistantship to an indigenous North American or Pacific Islander aspiring anthropologist, on an annual basis. With support from the Director of the School of Language, Culture, and Society, this GTA position offers a full academic year (3 terms) of tuition remission, stipend, and health benefits at a .3 FTE level.  Each term, the awardee will serve as a graduate student instructor of an anthropology undergraduate course.  Successful applicants to the Masters degree program (MA or MS) will be eligible for up to 6 terms (2 years) of GTA support. Successful applicants to the PhD program will be eligible for up to 12 terms of GTA support.

Eligibility is open to Native American, Alaskan Native, Indigenous North American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander students. To apply, interested students should first apply for admission to either the Masters or PhD program in Applied Anthropology, and state their interest in the position in their statement of purpose. Applicants should also use their statement of purpose to briefly discuss their affiliations and engagement with indigenous communities. At least one letter of recommendation included in the application should also briefly address applicants’ relations and engagement with tribal communities.

Alumni Award - The Alumni Award is presented annually to an undergraduate or graduate student in Anthropology. This fund is established through the generosity of Anthropology alumni. This scholarship provides recognition and financial assistance of $500-$1000 to an outstanding student with a career interest in Anthropology. The criteria for this scholarship is as follows:

  • Minimum 3.5 GPA,
  • any concentration of anthropology,
  • a career interest in anthropology,
  • and involvement in community, campus, or professional anthropological activities.

The Graduate Student Research Grant - We are pleased to announce this competition for research development grants for Applied Anthropology graduate students. Both Masters and PhD students are eligible. For PhD students, only those proposing pilot research (not the main dissertation research) are eligible.  Based on available funds, we anticipate making up to approximately 5 awards of approximately $2000 each. Grants are intended to support research activities beginning summer 2018. Awardees will have a full year (until June 2019) to use grant funds.

The intention of this competition is to support graduate student success in scholarly research, and elevate the research profile of our program, the School of Language, Culture, and Society, and the College of Liberal Arts. These small, internal research grants are intended to help students (1) travel to field sites to make connections with gatekeepers, community leaders, and collaborators; (2) collect data; and (3) leverage the resulting experiences, relationships, and data to compete successfully for larger, external grants from organizations like the National Science Foundation, Fulbright, Wenner-Gren, and the Social Science Research Council.  Recent successes in applying for external grants among our graduate students have depended in part on some form of seed money.

Proposal and process selection - The deadline for applications is Friday, April 13, 2018, 5pm. Application materials should be emailed to ( as a single PDF or word document. Students should apply by submitting the following:

  1. Proposal narrative: 2-3 pages maximum, single spaced, summarizing:
    1. Research questions and planned research procedures
    2. Intellectual merit and broader impacts of the research
    3. PhD students only: How the proposed pilot research will support your success in securing external dissertation funding.
  2. Budget: include line items, subtotals, any funding that is already available, and the total amount requested from this competition.  Research requiring travel outside Corvallis will be favored over Corvallis-based research.
  3. Budget narrative: 1 page maximum, single spaced, detailing planned research expenses (why each line item is necessary and how the subtotals were calculated).
  4. Cover page (see next page): Students must obtain their major professor’s signature on the cover page before submitting the application materials.

The Graduate Program Director will assemble a review committee of anthropology faculty, who will score proposals and make award announcements by Friday, May 4, 2018. For research involving human subjects, IRB approval or exemption status is not required at the time of application, but will be required before funds are disbursed. Students and their major professors are responsible for confirming with Oregon State University’s IRB whether or not the proposed research requires IRB review.

Reporting requirements - If awarded, students will be expected to submit a brief report (3 pages) and make a public presentation, as part of our Tan Sack series or in a separate venue, by week 5 of the spring 2019 term.

The Kalervo Oberg Outstanding Senior Award is presented annually to an Anthropology senior based on scholarship, leadership, and service. The award is a memorial to Kalervo Oberg, whom increased our knowledge about peoples in Africa and the Americas, and identified the emotional impacts of cross-cultural experience. A monetary award of $500 and recipient’s name will be engraved on the Anthropology Award plaque and will also appear in the Commencement Bulletin.

Thomas C. Hogg Memorial Scholarship Book Fund is for First-Year Foreign Anthropology Graduate Students. This scholarship is open to first year foreign nationals accepted in the graduate program in Anthropology at Oregon State University. The scholarship is not renewable and cannot exceed $450 per academic year. The scholarship begin in 1988 and will continue as long as sufficient funds exist in the endowment.

Service to Undergraduate Education Award is given to an outstanding Anthropology GTA. This scholarship provides recognition and financial assistance of $1000 to an outstanding teaching assistant for their service to undergraduate teaching. Feel free to nominate your favorite on-campus GTA or ecampus instructor.

The Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarship encourages our students to seek out opportunities to spend time in cultures different from their own in order to expand their cultural knowledge and their anthropological skills. Open to all options in Anthropology


  • enrolled undergraduate anthropology major
  • acceptance on a qualified learning abroad program (including study, internship and research abroad programs)
  • completion of 12 credits of anthropology
  • GPA of 3.25 or above in anthropology course work
  • 10 week minimum stay


  • a non-Western setting
  • programs that require language training
  • stays longer than one term
  • placement with a host family


  • International students returning to their native country
  • International students for study in the U.S.

Applications for annual student awards are due the Friday of finals week during winter term. Please email application materials (including a current CV and 1-2 page essay supporting your application to Leah Minc, and put "Award Application" in the subject line.


OSU Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Specific

The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program has two yearly scholarships:

The Judy Mann DiStefano Memorial Scholarship - Dr. Judy Mann DiStefano's commitment to feminism, activism, and pacifism were reflected in her role as a history professor at Northern Virginia Community College. Her roots were in the Northwest, and her mother, Jane Goodale Mann, was a graduate of Oregon State University. This scholarship provides an annual $2,000 stipend to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Oregon State University.

Jeanne Dost, Margaret Lumpkin and Jo Anne Trow Founders Scholarship - Jeanne Dost, Margaret Lumpkin, and Jo Anne Trow helped establish OSU's Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (formerly Women Studies) Program in 1972, with Dr. Dost as its first director.  This scholarship honors their contributions, and provides a $750 stipend to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University.

Current WGSS scholarship forms will be posted later in 2018 - Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies undergraduate majors, MA, and PhD students may apply for these scholarships.

Selection criteria include academic excellence, commitment to feminist ideals, and financial need. A complete application includes the summary application form, essay, financial aid information, and two letters of recommendation. Applications will be ready for distribution in the Spring.


OSU GO Scholarships -


National Scholarships


Discipline Specific-National

Jane Waldbaum Archaeological Scholarship-Field School for Women -

Emerson Hunger Fellowship -

Women in Archaeology Field School Scholarship -


Area Studies/Minority Scholarships

Asian-Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund -

Asian & Pacific Islander College Support -

College Scholarships for Asian/Pacific Islander Students -

Japanese American Citizens League -

Atsuhiko Tateuchi Memorial Scholarship - Tateuchi Foundation -

Non Traditionally Aged Studies -

Association for Non-Traditionally Aged Students in Higher Education -

Adult Students in Academic Transition -

Hispanic Scholarship Fund -

Low Income Mothers -

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