The AACAI Student Support Fund was established in 2010 to provide financial assistance to full time Honours and coursework Masters students engaged in research that directly contributes to consulting archaeological practice.  Since then AACAI have distributed $26,200 to 12 recipients.

The Fund is managed by a subcommittee of the Association with applications assessed in a regulated process. They are awarded as close to the start of the academic year as possible.

Students are able to spend the money in the way that they decide is appropriate, either to support research costs or to assist with living expenses. No receipting of expenses is required, however the recipient will be requested to acknowledge AACAI (and the donor in cases where they have contributed an entire award) in their thesis and any published material resulting from the research. Publication of an abstract or short report in the AACAI journal may be requested.

Students and referees should consider the criteria below that will be used in assessing applications:

  • Does the project demonstrate a clear connection to consulting archaeology relative to other proposals?
  • Does the project propose research that makes a significant contribution to consulting archaeological practice relative to other proposals?
  • How does the academic record of the applicant compare against other applicants?
  • Is the application well supported by references from supervisor(s), other teaching staff, consultants involved in the research and/or other people connected to the research (e.g. Aboriginal stakeholders)?
  • Does the information provided by the applicant and/or referees provide a good indication of the likelihood of the completion of the project?

Applications should be sent by email to Fenella Atkinson (Fund Subcommittee Chair):

Please send only the completed application, without a message in the text of the email or any additional information. Please ask referee(s) to send their comments separately.

Application Deadline:  10 April 2015