Field Schools and Research Opportunities

ANT 306, 2011 field school dig, photo by Caz Zyvatkauskas
2011 Archaeological Field Methods (ARH 306Y) students got field work experience right here on the U of T Campus. Photo by Caz Zyvatkauskas



Summer 2017 Social Cultural Field School

Summer 2017 Archaeology Field Schools

Summer 2017 Biological Field School


Summer 2017 Social Cultural Field School

Calling Socio-cultural Anthropology Undergraduates: Fully Funded Summer Internship in India

Professor Tania Li has received funding from the Dean’s International Initiatives Fund (DIIF) to cover air fare and living costs for 4 students to travel to Kerala, India, for internships at the Centre for Research and Education for Social Transformation (CREST). The commitment is for two months, May-June (2 interns) and July-August (2 interns).  Six anthropology students took part in the internship in 2015 and four in 2016. You can see their reports at the Ethnography Lab,

CREST provides skills training for youth in Kerala who suffer from stigma and social exclusion based on their caste and tribal identities. CREST works with high school students seeking application to universities, who need guidance and preparation for entrance exams. It also works with trainees who have graduated from state universities, yet face discrimination when they seek jobs in the private sector, especially prestigious jobs in multinationals. During a 4-month residential program at CREST, these graduate trainees improve their conversational English, upgrade academic and computer skills, and learn how to present themselves with confidence and polish. The goal is to enable trainees to compete with job applicants from more privileged backgrounds, and overcome the prejudice that still impedes their social mobility and full participation in India’s modern economic sectors. For more information on CREST see

The role of the U of T student-interns is to assist CREST staff by coaching and mentoring trainees individually, and by organizing creative and fun group activities to develop the trainees’ confidence, and overcome cultural barriers to communication. The academic objective is to learn about social exclusion in India through direct exchanges and discussions with trainees and staff in both formal, classroom settings and through informal interactions (playing badminton, sharing accommodation in the trainee dorm, going with trainees or staff to visit their families on weekends or short breaks).  Selected interns may receive academic credit for Internship in Anthropology, 491Y. While in Kerala, interns will work under the supervision of CREST staff; they will submit academic reports to Professor Li, and contribute blog posts for the Ethnography Lab website.

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please come to the info session on January 12, 10-11am, AP 330 (Ethnography Lab, anthro building).  Due to limited accommodation at CREST, the internship opportunity in 2017 is available only for women. Preference will be given to social-cultural anthropology majors and specialists who will have completed at least 13 credits by April 2017.    Applications are due by January 23. Your application must include name, student number, email address, POST, screen-shot of your u of t transcript to date, and a 300 word statement on what you think you can contribute to the internship, and what you expect to gain from it. Short-listed applicants will be notified on Jan 25, interviewed on Jan 27 and notified about acceptance on Feb 01.  Send applications to the internship coordinator at

Summer Abroad

ANT396Y – Italy

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JAH391Y – Italy

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Summer 2017 Archaeology Field Schools

399 Research Excursion Program

The 399 program is intended for students that have completed at least 9 but not more than 14 credits.  Students participate in faculty research and pay only the cost of course enrollment.

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Summer Abroad Program

NMC261Y – Georgia

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ARH 361Y/H: Archaeological Fieldwork

This course was created to enable students to receive credit for participation in fieldwork on projects not offered through an accredited institution.  You need a faculty advisor.  The faculty adviser will assign written work that is required to receive credit and will provide a grade based on this work.  For questions about ARH 361, you may contact Josie Alaimo in the Anthropology Department but you must find your faculty adviser.  Note that this is an ARH course so the adviser can come from any relevant department (i.e., Art, Classics, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations).

The process for receiving approval is outlined at

Huqoq Fieldschool – Israel

Excavate at the multi-period site whose Roman Synagogue has uncovered multiple mosaics and was featured in LiveScience’s top 9 discoveries

May 15- June 29 2017

The University of Toronto sponsored Program includes 2 weeks in Jerusalem followed by 4.5 weeks on site at Huqoq.

Students will earn academic credit (ARH 361 ).

Funding is available to help with airfare, and other sources may be available through university grants.

Field trips to other sites around Israel, as well as fun getaways are also included in the program.

For more information or to register contact: Michael Chazan ~

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Summer 2017 Biological Field School

ANT 330Y1S Paleoanthropology Field School – Prof David Begun

Summer 2017

Dates – June 5 to July 3, 2017

Application Process:
First, submit a brief, one page explanation of your reasons for wanting to excavate at Rudabanya to Prof David Begun (e-mail address: Include your year of study, email address and phone number.

If Prof Begun approves your request, you must fill out the application form and submit it along with your deposit ($500) to Josie Alaimo, the Undergraduate Administrator in Anthropology.

Fees – you must pay all of the fees listed below

  1. $2500 (paid to the Anthropology department)

The $2500 fee paid to the department covers all room and board expenses in Hungary as well as travel within Hungary.

  1. Travel and Health Insurance – Students are responsible for their own travel to Budapest and must purchase international health insurance. Prices range from about $1100 to $1700 and it is worth checking a number of travel sites.
  2. Tuition – more information about tuition can be found on the Faculty of Arts and Science website:   You can also consult your College Registrar about this.


We are still accepting applications

As soon as possible – Application must be submitted along with a deposit of $500 (cheque is payable to “University of Toronto”).

Friday, April 28, 2017 – The remainder of the fee must be submitted ($2000, cheque is payable to “University of Toronto”) along with the waiver form (waiver forms can be obtained from the Undergraduate Administrator, Josie Alaimo)

Application Form

Please submit the application form and cheques to Josie Alaimo, Room 258, 19 Russell Street, Anthropology Building

For further information on this field school, please visit this website:

Swenson Field School, Peru 2012
Prof. Ed Swenson and students who participated in his 2012 399 Field Course in Peru, at the temple of Huaca de la Luna, site of Moche in Northern Peru (near Trujillo).