Field Schools and Other Opportunities

This page will be updated as new field school opportunities are announced. Check back throughout the term for fully updated information about upcoming opportunities!

If you would like to participate in one of these field schools and have it count for a credit towards your degree at UofT, be sure to talk to the Anthropology Undergraduate Program Office to confirm that it can be.

Fully Funded Summer Anthropology 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 opportunity is open to any discipline, and is not restricted to those in an Anthropology degree program.

  • Application Deadline: Extended to February 23rd at 12PM, 2018
  • Duration: May – June (2 interns) and July – August (2 interns)
  • Cost: Full-funded
  • Information Session: Friday, February 9th at 2PM (AP330)


The Centre for Engaged Learning Abroad, CELA-Belize Medical Anthropology Field School

Application deadline: March 15, 2018
Duration: May 13 – June 10, 2018
Cost: $2825 for two weeks, $4450 for both courses

  1. Health, Belief and Ethnomedicine: Traditional Healing and Medical Anthropology in Belize
  2. Global Health: Biology, Medicine and Public Health in the Tropics

Summer Abroad Opportunities:

ANT396Y: Italian Regional Foodways and Culture

  • Application Deadline: February 1st, 2018
  • Duration: July 30 – September 1st, 2018
  • Cost: $7,132-$7,720 (domestic students), $8,287-$8,875 (international students)

NMC261Y: Special Topics: Field Archaeology in the Republic of Georgia

  • Application Deadline: extended to February 26th, 2018
  • Duration: May 6 – June 15, 2018
  • Cost: $6,954 (domestic students), $8,109 (international students)
  • Volunteers are also welcome GRAPE

Maderas Rainforest Conservatory

The Maderas Rainforest Conservancy was established to promote the conservation, protection, and management of Mesoamerican forests and animal and plant biodiversity through education, reforestation, preservation, and by working with local communities, national & international institutions, colleges and universities. The conservancy is the combination of two field sites, La Suerte Biological Field Station in Costa Rica and Ometepe Biological Field Station in Nicaragua. They have been at the forefront of the conservation since the early 1990s.

  • Summer Courses: La Suerte, Primate Behaviour and Ecology
    • Application Deadline: TBA
    • Duration: June 21st – July 17th, 2018, July 19th – August 14th, 2018
    • Cost: $2,095 (each)
  • Winter Course: La Suerte, Primate Behaviour and Ecology
    • Application Deadline: TBA
    • Duration: December 27th – January 7th, 2017-2018
    • Cost: $1,945

MRC summer 2018 poster

Volunteer Research Assistants: Scent-marking behaviour of ring-tailed lemurs at St. Catherines Island

The assistant will be responsible for collecting behavioural data (scent-marking, feeding, grooming, etc.), tracking individual scent-marks with a handheld GPS unit, and transferring written data to an Excel sheet. A commitment of 10 weeks is required. Be prepared to work 9 hours a day for 6 days a week in hot weather, with a lot of walking. The field site is located off the coast of Georgia about 25 miles south of Savannah. Assistants will live in cabins (2 per cabin) with electricity, hot showers, a kitchen, and internet.

  • Application Deadline: March 10th, 2018
  • Duration: May 20th – July 30th, 2018 (tentative)
  • Cost: The cost of accommodation, local travel expenses, and special equipment (rite-in-the-rain books and pens, GPS units) will be covered by the PI. Volunteers would need to cover their own travel expenses to and from Savannah, GA, as well as the costs of basic field gear and groceries.

Paleoanthropology Field School (ANT330)

The Rudabanya Field School course in Hungary is run by Dr. David Begun, and features 2 sites: Rudabanya and Alsotelekes. Both are rich in fossil primates that can help us to better understand the evolutionary origins of the Great Apes and humans.

  • Application Deadline: March 1st, 2018
  • Duration: June 2nd – June 23rd, 2018 (tentative)
  • Cost: $2500 (not including airfare to Hungary and travel/health insurance)

Huqoq Excavation Project, Israel

  • Application Deadline: February 7th, 2018 (for course credit), March 1st, 2018 (non-credit)
  • Duration: May 16th – 30th, 2018 (2 week program), or May 16th – July 2nd, 2018 (2 week program plus excavation)
  • Cost: travel to Israel is covered, students are responsible for logging and subsistence; students interested in the excavation are required to pay a $5,000 excavation fee

Huqoq Poster

Santa Susana Archaeological Project, Portugal

  • Application Deadline: May 1st, 2018
  • Duration: June 10th – July 14th, 2018 (Participants may attend 2, 3, or 5 week sessions)
  • Cost: $1200 for 2 weeks, $1800 for 3 weeks, $2800 for 5 weeks (not including airfare to Portugal)

Rutgers University Archaeological Field School in Italy

  • Application Deadline: March 15th, 2018
  • Duration: July 8th – August 5th, 2018
  • Cost: TBA (2017 cost for out-of-state students was $5,907)

The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology

  • Application Deadline: At least two weeks prior to commencement of courses
  • Duration: Multiple courses of varying lengths offered May 21st – August 24th, 2018
  • Cost: Varies between €900 (about CAD $1,394) for 1-week course, to €5350 (about CAD $8,286) for 7/8-week course (not including airfare to Ireland)

Archaeological Field Methods, Toronto (ARH306)

Looking for a cheaper alternative to a field school abroad? The archaeological field methods course offered on campus during the summer prepares you just as much for a career in archaeology (if not more!).

Intensive instruction in archaeological field methods and acquisition of field skills, including archaeological search and survey, site mapping, laying out excavation grids, use of theodolites, total station, and GPS, stratigraphic excavation, stratigraphy, field recording, screening sediment, Ontario license and reporting requirements.

  • Application Deadline: Normal enrolment for the summer term
  • Duration: Usually May – June (Mondays to Fridays, 9 to 5)
  • Cost: Regular UofT course fees + a lab materials fee of $25 (included on your ACORN invoice)

ANT399Y and ANT398H Research Excursions

ANT399Y and ANT398H are courses involving an instructor-supervised group project in an off-campus setting. They are only available to students with between 9 and 16 FCEs by May 2017 and are generally fully-funded. There are three anthropology ANT398 Research Excursions offered this upcoming summer:

Prof. Michael Chazan in Kuruman, South Africa
ANT398Y: Archaeological Fieldwork in the Northern Cape Province, South Africa (Canteen Kopje and Wonderwerk Cave)

  • Application Deadline: February 4th, 2018
  • Duration: May 1st – August 31st, 2018
  • Number of Student Positions: 2

Prof. Edward Swenson, Pacasmayo, Peru

ANT398Y: Archaeology in Peru: A Comparison of Sacred Landscapes and Everyday Taskscapes in an Andean Urban Complex

  • Application Deadline: February 4th, 2018
  • Duration: July 3rd – August 16th, 2018
  • Number of Student Positions: 4

The Institute for Field Research

The Institute for Field Research offers field school opportunities in over 20 different countries on 5 different continents, with a range of dates and tuition costs for the 2018 year.

Opportunities this year are offered in various parts of Armenia, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Ethiopia, France, Greenland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy (and Sicily), Jordan, Macedonia, Peru, the Philippines, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States

There are so many incredible opportunities offered through the institute; we highly recommend you take some time to browse through them!

Balkan Heritage Field School

The BHFS first started in 2003 and resumed as the BHF program in 2008. It includes field school programs, taught in English, in four Balkan countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro and the Republic of Macedonia. All the field schools are affiliated with ongoing research and/ or conservation projects: archaeological excavations, art historical expeditions, conservation of artifacts and monuments. The archaeological field schools take place at different excavation sites (including underwater) related to all major cultures and civilizations that once existed in the Balkans.

There are many different opportunities offered through the BHFS, so visit their website and check them all out!