To be eligible for a scholarship, a student must

  • Be currently registered in an accredited college or university (worldwide) with the expectation of returning to that university in the fall of 2005.
  • Will have completed his/her Bachelor of Art or Science degree in or related to archaeology or ethnography by June 15, 2005 or is enrolled in a graduate program.
  • Meet the qualifications to participate in the excavation of choice sponsored by CSEN.
  • Must contribute at least 45% of the total expense for transportation and contribution to the project.


To apply, students must submit in a single package:

  • An email inquiry to should be made to before submitting an appliction.
  • A completed CSEN Participant Application specifying the excavation of choice from those available as listed in the CSEN Fieldwork Opportunities, placed on the CSEN Website
  • All specified attachments to the Application.
  • A two-page written essay (1.5 spacing, Times or Times Roman font, 12 pts) explaining why he/she would like to participate in the excavation of choice.
  • A separate page detailing his/her financial situation, including school tuition, and other expenses, and the source and amount of funds he/she will be able to contribute toward round trip transportation and participant contribution. These funds may come from other grants, scholarships, gifts, loans, etc.
  • Proof of current enrollment in a college or university.
  • Proof of a passport valid for two months beyond the final date of the excavation of choice, or a letter of intent that he/she will have this document six weeks before the beginning of the excavation of choice. If a passport is available, a copy of the information page should be included with the application.

Under separate cover the applicant must arrange to have sent to CSEN

  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or others who are congizant of the applicant's abilities in archaeology or ethnography or related field.

Submit completed application and letter of recommendation to:

Center for the Study of Eurasian Nomads

CSEN Scholarship Fund

2158 Palomar Ave.

Ventura, CA 93001 USA



  • Applications and letters of recommendations must be received by CSEN four (4) weeks before the closing deadline for the application/contribution deposit as noted in the excavation of choice.
  • For instance, if the CSEN Application/contribution deposit is due by April 15, 2004, the CSEN Scholarship Application is due March 15, 2004.



  • Applications will be reviewed by the Sponsoring organizations.
  • An applicant will be notified of acceptance for a CSEN Scholarship six weeks before the start of the excavation of choice.
  • Applicants granted a scholarship must notify CSEN of his/her acceptance of the scholarship one week after receiving notification.
  • If CSEN does not receive an acceptance within one week, CSEN reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship from the original recipient and to select an alternate.
  • It is the responsibility of an applicant to notify CSEN of any change in email or mailing address and phone number(s).
  • Only the CSEN Board of Directors and scholarship sponsors will have access to any information submitted by an applicant and all information will remain confidential


Fieldwork Opportunities Index

Scholarship Contributions