Other Scholarships and Awards


Connecting Human Origin and Cultural Diversities has positions for students who are anthropology or education majors. In addition, the instructor of Human Origins selects a student as a lab assistant.

The St. Louis Art Museum in conjunction with the Anthropology Department and the Art Department, offers a competitive internship that is primarily for anthropology or art majors. There is a stipend of $1,500 for the semester, and the successful applicant is chosen by a committee.  The interns assist the curators in preparing for exhibitions.  The competitions are held each February or March for fall semester and September or October for winter semester.  Contact the Art History Department.

Native American Students are eligible for a scholarship for Native American students, sponsored by the Anthropology Department, which covers up to full tuition and fees depending on financial need.  It is open to any person of verifiable American Indian ethnicity who is living in the St. Louis Area.

Teaching/Research Assistants are chosen at the beginning of each fall semester on a semester-by-semester basis. They are typically anthropology majors who receive hourly pay for working as assistants to faculty.

The William and Anne Tao Scholarship is a $1,500 scholarship to be awarded to a UMSL student studying about Asia.  Students from Asia are also eligible for this award. Contact: Center for International Studies.

The James S. McDonnell Essay Awardis awarded each year by the Center for International Studies.  The prize is $100. The deadline is at the beginning of May.  Papers should be 15-30 pages and should focus on some issue in international affairs or some aspect of international studies, international relations, security or strategic studies, or cross-cultural studies.  This award is named in honor of James S. McDonnell and is supported, in part, by funds from the McDonnell-Douglas Foundation. To be eligible a student must be an undergraduate enrolled in at least 6 credit hours at UMSL.  Contact CIS.

Institute of Women's and Gender Studies Writing Awards are given each year in the categories of "Creative Writing" and "Papers and Essays."  The prize is $100. The deadline is in mid-April. The paper should be 7-15 pages and should focus on women and their issues, concerns and experiences.  Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.  Contact IWGS.

Study Abroad Scholarships 
The Department of Anthropology of the University of Missouri-St. Louis awards between one and three scholarships in the spring of each year, to be applied toward study abroad in the summer or following academic year.  The scholarships are open to full-time undergraduate students with a major in anthropology.  Depending on the funds available, the scholarships are normally $500.00 each and are awarded on the basis of academic performance and potential.  The scholarship is especially targeted to majors who have plans to go on to graduate school in anthropology or a related discipline, but others may also apply.  The deadline is at least one month before the start of the program.  For application instructions click here. UMSL students are also eligible for financial aid to participate in the Semester Abroad in Greece Program and the summer Iklaina Archaeological Project in Greece.  There are many UMSL study abroad scholarships available. They range from $500 to $2000 for a semester, plus students are still eligible to use any financial aid they currently receive. The Anthropology Department and CIS will actively seek other study abroad scholarships on behalf of interested students with financial need. For more information, please visit Study Abroad & Exchange Programs , email, or call 516-6497.