Grants & Scholarships

MAS Meeting 2023

Student Reimbursement Grant

Student Reimbursement for Oral Presentation at 2023 MAS Meeting
The student reimbursement fund was initiated by the MAS Education Committee to encourage student paper presentations at the annual meeting. The guidelines are:

  • A student reimbursement is to go only to a student who is physically presenting a paper (at the podium) at the MAS conference.
  • If there are multiple authors, the student presenting the paper or first author would be the recipient of the reimbursement.
  • Multiple students can physically present parts of the same paper (at the podium), but only one reimbursement will be awarded for the students to split. Only one reimbursement per paper presentation.
  • If there are multiple individual papers, even on the same general topic but different specific subjects or titles, each presenter of each individual paper is eligible to receive the reimbursement, but only one reimbursement per paper.
  • It is okay if a professor or teacher co-authors a paper, the reimbursement will be awarded to the student as long as the student makes the presentation at the podium.

    Please submit the following information:

    Student Name (primary author, student giving presentation):

    Paper Title:

    Secondary Authors (if applicable): School Name:

    Current Grade Level/Degree Status: Student Address:

    Student Phone Number:

    Amount Requested:

    Approved by MAS Education Committee Chair: (administrative)

    Date Proposal Received: (administrative)

    Date of MAS Approval: (adfministrative)

    Please submit this form to with a copy of your abstract.

Download Student Reimbursement Application

Please scan the completed form and submit to with a copy of your abstract.

RuthAnn Knudson Archaeological Memorial
Field School Award

Established in honor of Ruthann Knudson, this award is intended to help female students who plan to participate in an archaeological field school. The award for female students honors the request by Ruthann who was an accomplished author, dedicated teacher, and leader for women in archaeology. Ruthann’s archaeological career spanned academia, cultural resource management, public service, and policy development.

Montana students majoring in archaeology, or related disciplines, are especially encouraged to apply. This award is open to women of all backgrounds who attend a Montana college, community college, tribal college or university The award provides $800 to help pay expenses associated with participation in an archaeological field school. Applicants must be undergraduate students, who have begun their junior year, or graduate students. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. The review committee will consider both academic achievement and financial need in its deliberations.

Applicants must complete the information requested below by March 15th no later than 12:00 midnight MST.  All application materials including the letter of recommendation must be received by the March 15th deadline. Incomplete or late applications will NOT be considered by the review committee. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision no later than April 15th.

The award recipient must agree to provide a short description of the attended field school, with photographs, no later than 60 days after completion of the field school. That information will be posted on the MAS Website. If not already a member of MAS you must join at the student rate of $20 per year. The benefits of membership include receiving the Archaeology in Montana journal, admission to the MAS annual meeting, and a chance to network with other professional archaeologists.

Please include the following information in your application:

• How the field school meets the academic requirement of your program.
• Information about the field school you hope to attend and your anticipated length of stay.
• Your current GPA
• A brief essay (500 words or less) explaining why you want to participate in this specific field school and how the experience will contribute to your current course of study and eventual career goals. Address your financial need for this award.
• A budget of anticipated expenses associated with participation in the field school. Please include in the budget any other financial resources available or applied for, if any, to help cover these expenses.
• A letter of recommendation from a professor or academic advisor who knows your work and who is willing to provide a letter of recommendation.
• A letter from the director of the field school or coordinator of the field school program indicating you have been accepted for participation.

Please email your application and attached documents to:

Download the Program

MAS Address

Montana Archaeological Society
PO Box 4522
Missoula, MT 59806-4522