In 2005, the VAF launched the Fieldwork Initiative Program to encourage field-based research and to encourage training in a variety of fieldwork methods. To further the objectives of the Fieldwork Initiative, the VAF established two grant programs, one to support attendance at field schools, and a second to fund field work apprenticeships. Please note that there have been recent changes to these grant programs.
VAF Field School Fellowships
The 2008 Field School Fellowships are now closed. The text of the announcement is provided here for planning purposes. Updates for 2009 grants will be provided shortly.
VAF is offering three $500 Field School Fellowships to defray costs for participants in selected 2008 summer field schools. Field schools wishing to be considered for these grants should apply to the VAF Fieldwork Committee, describing the faculty, the curriculum, and the property under investigation. Applications for summer field schools are due March 1st; field schools will be notified of the Fieldwork Committee decision by April 1st. Field school directors may then select student recipients and report their selection to the Committee. Programs offered at other times of year may request special consideration.
VAF Fieldwork Apprenticeships
VAF has made available $500 for students and professionals wishing to gain fieldwork training by working as apprentices with experienced fieldworker mentors. Apprentice-mentor teams should apply to the VAF Fieldwork Committee, describing the qualifications of the mentor, the needs of the apprentice, and the project to be undertaken. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but should be submitted six weeks prior to the start of the proposed project.
The VAF encourages participation by individuals from diverse disciplinary, professional, and personal backgrounds for whom fieldwork training will directly support their educational goals and/or career practice.
For more information please contact the Fieldwork Grants Chair.