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Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantships

The USF Department of Anthropology is pleased to offer graduate assistantships for MA and PhD students on a competitive basis. Any new or continuing student is eligible for consideration for these assistantships; however, you should generally plan to seek other sources of funding for a significant portion of your time in graduate school.

Standard packages include a tuition waiver, amounting to approximately 80% of total costs (students are responsible for the fees beyond the actual tuition hours; these include e.g., student union fees, activities and services fees). As part of the package, the university also covers the cost of health insurance.

All new students are considered for assistantships if they have completed that Application for Graduate Assistantship as part of the general application packet. Most assistantships are offered for two years pending good academic progress and satisfactory job performance. After this, continuing students should fill out the application form and submit to the Graduate Director annually, and will be matched to openings as they arise.

Additional opportunities may arise on occasion, such as the need to appoint a TA for an upcoming class or opportunities for doctoral students to teach a course as the instructor of record. Some students may be offered paid positions on faculty research grants and contracts. Finally, Anthropology graduate students are often hired by other departments at USF, as either Graduate Assistants or hourly employees, including the College of Public Health, Florida Mental Health Institute, and the College of Education. 

These and other opportunities will be posted on the ANT listserv.

Departmental Scholarships

J. Raymond Williams Memorial Scholarship in Public Archaeology
Professor J. Raymond Williams dedicated his career to training students in public archaeology. Known both for his commitment to teaching and service to the profession, Professor Williams was instrumental in establishing the internationally recognized public archaeology program at the University of South Florida. The purpose of the scholarship is to train minority students in public archaeology and focus research on the rich and diverse heritage of Florida.

The J. Raymond Williams Graduate Assistantship consists of a two-year graduate assistantship at 10 hours per week and the accompanying tuition waiver. The recipient will also receive $1000 per year from the Williams Scholarship account for book costs and other expenses. The J. Raymond Williams Graduate Assistantship will be competitively awarded to a qualified student who is a member of a minority underrepresented in the archaeological profession. The successful applicant may also be eligible for further support through other programs.

Prospective students wishing to be considered for the Williams scholarship should indicate that in their application statement. Satisfactory progress toward the M.A. degree is required at the end of the first year for 2nd year support.

Recent Awardees: Nelson Rodriguez (2004); Zaida Darley (2006); Alejandro Figueroa (2008); Alicia Alfaro (2009).Alexander Delgado (2014).

Alvin W. Wolfe Scholarship in Applied Anthropology
Professor Emeritus Alvin W. Wolfe dedicated his career to training students in to work as practicing anthropologists. He was instrumental in establishing the internationally-recognized applied anthropology program at the University of South Florida. Upon his retirement, a fund was established to provide a Scholarship that offers support for two years of graduate study at the University of South Florida leading to an MA degree in applied anthropology.

The Wolfe Scholarship offers a two-year graduate assistantship up to 10 hours per week, with accompanying tuition waiver. The recipient also receives $500 per year from the Wolfe Scholarship account for book costs and other expenses. The scholarship recipient, judged to have special potential for success in applied anthropology, is selected from among annual applicants to the M.A. program (excluding public archaeology and dual degree applicants). To receive a second year of support, the recipient must demonstrate satisfactory progress toward the M.A. degree, as determined at the end of the first year.

Recent Awardees:Lance Arney (2004); Hannah Helmy (2005); Marissa Dixon (2006); Aki Nakanishi (2007); Nolan Kline (2008); Tim Kelly (2009); Nolan Kline (2010); Vanessa Martinez (2010); Kelly Lyons and Maura Denny (2011); Laurel Dillon-Sumner (2012). Alexis Winter (2013), Laura Leisinger (2014)

FPAN Graduate Assistantship in Public Archaeology
The Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) is a state-wide program that promotes and facilitates the stewardship, public appreciation, and value of Florida’s archaeological heritage through regional centers, partnerships, and community engagement. Additional information on FPAN is available at

The FPAN assistantship in Public Archaeology is offered to an incoming USF graduate student in Anthropology or Archaeology. Support for this two year offer (10hrs/wk) includes tuition during the fall and spring semesters (summer support may also be available).  Students interested in this Graduate Assistantship should be prepared to make a two-year commitment to FPAN’s public archaeology program culminating in preparation of a thesis/dissertation representing a substantive contribution to the field of public archaeology or to public archaeology programming in West Central Florida.

Prospective students wishing to be considered for the assistantship should indicate that in their application statement, and describe 1) how the experience will support your career goals and 2) prior experiences with presenting archaeology (or similar subjects) to a public audience, public speaking or writing, or working with volunteers.

The Academic Common Market
The Academic Common Market is a program that allows students from participating states to pay in-state tuition at universities in other states included in the program, provided the specific degree is not offered in their home states. Because Applied Anthropology is a relatively rare degree, many students from these states have been successful in applying for the program. Participating states are: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

In Florida, the difference between in-state and out-state tuition is substantial; the Common Market Program can help make the degree very affordable. Even with an assistantship, the program will effectively reduce the 20% cost portion for which students are responsible.

USF students can find part-time employment in the form of Federal Work-Study, USF OPS or internships by contacting the Career Center at (813) 974-2171. This is located in SVC 2088.

The FastWeb site offers a detailed scholarship search. The USF Office of Graduate Studies also coordinates several programs that offer scholarship support; please see, under Funding Opportunities.

Student Loans
Students are encouraged to fill out their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible. FAFSA forms are available through USF’s Financial Aid Office or online at The form is essential for receiving need-based financial aid through USF, such as Stafford loans and work-study. Information on loans is available through the USF Financial Aid Office, SVC 1102, (813) 974-4700.