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GRADUATE STUDIES


PhD in Anthropology

Undergraduate training in anthropology is not a prerequisite to the Anthropology graduate program. Applicants seeking to earn a PhD in anthropology from Tulane should apply for admission to the doctoral program regardless of whether they have an MA in anthropology.

For information about applying to our PhD program, visit its Apply page.

A student accepted into the PhD program may choose one of the four subfields of anthropology as a field of concentration: archeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, or linguistic anthropology. To learn more about the requirements of our Graduate Studies program, visit Graduate Degree Requirements.


The MA Program for PhD Students

The Department of Anthropology at Tulane does not offer an external MA program. However, students in the PhD program can obtain MA degrees, by meeting the MA requirements, as outlined in our Graduate Degree Requirements

 

4+1 Master's Program

Download the 4+1 application form here

For more information about our 4+1 Master's Program, visit its page in our Undergraduate section.

Further Information
For further information regarding graduate programs in the Anthropology Department, visit our F.A.Q. page. For any questions not answered there, contact our Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Christopher Rodning.

Resources for Graduate Students

Student Club
The Tulane Anthropology Student Association (TASA) is the graduate student organization whose year-long representatives serve as liaisons between the Anthropology Department faculty and student populations. TASA representatives organize our Colloquium Series, which holds colloquia at the Middle American Research Institute every other Friday in a given semester, thereby providing a venue for upper level graduate students, faculty members, and outside scholars to present and discuss their anthropologically-themed research. TASA representatives attend Graduate School Student Association (GSSA) as well as Graduate and Professional School Association (GAPSA) meetings and participate in the decisions made by these overarching Tulane graduate student organizations.

Graduate Student Website
Our Graduate students maintain their own website.

For a list of our current graduate students, click here.

Graduate Student Research

Grants-in-Aid from the Anthropology Graduate Student Fund
The Department of Anthropology is pleased to administer funds for graduate research through its Anthropology Graduate Student Fund, an endowed fund in the Department of Anthropology. Income from this fund is used to provide grants-in-aid to Tulane University anthropology graduate students for research, travel, and similar activities. Support for the Anthropology Graduate Student Fund will be given preferentially to students who propose to conduct research in areas outside Latina America, because other Tulane University funds are regularly available for graduate students pursuing research in Latin America. The faculty of the Department determine, as a whole, the number of students to be supported and the size of each grant-in-aid at the time of each competition.

How to Apply
Applications for grants to support eligible research are invited from Anthropology Department graduate students. Applications should be made in writing and should include:

  1. A research design or other description of the proposed use of the funds requested (not to number more than 5 double-spaced pages).
  2. A timetable of proposed activities.
  3. An itemized budget showing how requested funds would be spent.

Applications should be addressed to: 

the Anthropology Graduate Student Fund Awards Committee
c/o Susan Chevalier, Administrative Secretary
Department of Anthropology
Tulane University

The deadline for receipt of applications will be announced each semester.

Grants-in-Aid from the Mesoamerican Ethnohistory Fund
The Mesoamerican Ethnohistory Fund, established in 1994, supports research and publication in the field of Mesoamerican ethnohistory by the faculty and students of the Department of Anthropology at Tulane University. Ethnohistory is here defined as the use of documentary resources of evidence to reconstruct and follow over time past societies and cultures, with a view to resolving questions of concern to the discipline. Documentary sources are defined to include colonial Spanish records, colonial records composed by indigenous peoples, and preconquest indigenous texts including codices and inscriptions.

Awards from the Fund, which may not exceed $2,000, are intended primarily to support research and publication activities on a limited scale, examples of which include self-contained research projects of limited scale such as undergraduate honors research, "seed money" for preliminary research that may culminate in a larger program of research also funded entirely or in part by other sources, and supplementary funding for a larger program or research also funded by other sources. Activities considered appropriate for funding include, but are not limited to:

  • Travel to conduct field or archival research
  • Document photocopying
  • Photographic supplies and services
  • Manuscript preparation and drafting services
  • Research aids (e.g., acquisition of reference books, microfilm)
  • Translation services
  • Publication subvention
  • Clerical, archival, or other services conducted by individuals on behalf of the grantee

Students pursuing a BS or BA degree with a major in Anthropology, students pursuing an MA or PhD degree in Anthropology at Tulane, and faculty holding regular, full-time appointments in the Department of Anthropology at Tulane are invited to apply for grants to support eligible research. To the extent permitted by the financial condition of the Fund, there will be 2 competitions for grants-in-aid during each academic year. A fall competition would support research during the fall semester and the inter-semester break; a spring competition would support activities conducted during the spring semester and following summer.

How to Apply
Students should consult with faculty advisors regarding preparation of their applications. Applications should be made in writing and include the following:

  1. A research design or other description of the proposed use of the funds requested. Description should be concise (no more than 5 double-spaced pages) and link the proposed activities to a methodological or substantive problem.
  2. A timetable of proposed activities.
  3. An itemized budget showing how requested funds would be spent.

Applications should be addressed to:

The Mesoamerican Ethnohistory Funds Awards Committee
c/o Susan Chevalier, Administrative Secretary
Department of Anthropology
Tulane University

Deadlines for these applications will be announced each semester.

 

 

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