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Department of Anthropology

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Anthropology Scholarships

The Nelson Endowment

The generous endowment is made by Sarah M. Nelson, former DU faculty member (1974-2007) and professor emerita in the department of anthropology. Sarah received her PhD from the University of Michigan in 1973 and began her full time career as an assistant professor of anthropology with DU in 1974, being promoted to full professor in 1985. She was chair of the department for 12 years, as well as the director of Women's and Asian Studies and Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Research. Since becoming a professor emerita in 2007, Sarah has played an active and important role in the department, continuing to do research on the archaeology of East Asia, advising students and writing many articles and books. The Nelson Endowment is awarded to support graduate student research expenses. 


Helen Pustmueller made many significant contributions to DUMA over the years as a student, staff member and donor. She graduated from DU with an MA in Anthropology in 1977. She worked in DUMA as a research associate from 1978-1980, was appointed Curator of Collections and continued to work in the Museum until 1996. She was a strong proponent of the value of museum collections for anthropological research and a supporter of emerging museum technology. The Fellowship is awarded yearly to support a graduate student enrolled in the Department of Anthropology in the Division of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS). 


The Brown Endowment is given yearly to outstanding graduate students to pay for research related expenses.

Thomas bogard scholarship

The Thomas Bogard merit scholarship is awarded each year to a junior anthropology major or a senior anthropology major who will be returning that has exhibited high academic achievement.

Christopher M. Haines Scholarship

The Christopher M. Haines Scholarship is awarded yearly by the faculty and provides support to graduate students in Anthropology.



Summer Internship Grant  provides funding to AHSS students enrolled in for-credit internships in the summer. Up to three students will receive up to $3,000 each. Funded by the AHSS Dean's Fund for Excellence.  The internship must be for academic credit within AHSS. Applications for summer will be available in winter quarter of that academic year.

Humanities Institute Student Travel and Research Grant (PDF) makes possible research and/or creative endeavors for AHSS students who would otherwise face cost-prohibitive travel or research expenses. Funding provided by a gift from the Humanities Institute. Up to five students will receive up to $1,250 each.

For more information about financial aid and scholarships, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 303-871-4020.