Scholarships and Awards

The Department of Anthropology offers scholarships and awards to our undergraduate majors to help support their education, research, and other activities in pursuit of developing their academic careers. These have been generously funded by the Freed Foundation.

Freed Foundation Scholarships

Freed Foundation Scholarships in Anthropology provide aid with tuition to anthropology majors in their junior and senior years. Students do not apply but are selected by faculty based on GPA and need for financial assistance. Up to two of these scholarships are awarded each year, which are announced in the spring toward the end of the academic year.

Freed Foundation Student Research and Development Awards

Freed Foundation Student Research and Development Awards support students’ research endeavors and academic career development activities. Anthropology majors can apply for up to $500 for each award. Students should expect to apply for these awards during the fall semester, by the end of September. Applicants should consult with an adviser or committee member before applying. For more information on how to apply, see below.

Who is eligible?

Anthropology majors with at least a 3.00 GPA (B or better).

What is the purpose of the award?

To partially fund:

  • Expenses for undergraduate research projects (e.g., audio recorders, statistical software, binoculars, transportation costs)
  • Fees for academic conferences
  • Travel expenses for academic conferences
  • Fees for GRE
  • Fees for graduate school admissions
  • Field school costs

What is the amount of the award?

The amount awarded is up to $500 (based on proposed budget).

What are the requirements?

Submit all of the following:

  • Project Proposal. One page (approximately 300 words, double-spaced text) describing your request and budget.
  • Résumé. One page.
  • Personal Statement. Write a personal statement of no more than 250 words.

How to apply?

Submit your project proposal, résumé, and personal statement via e-mail.

What is the date of submission?

Deadline for submission is September 30, 2020 by 5 p.m.

More Information

For further information, e-mail:

Freed Foundation Scholarship Recipients


  • Kameron Hamilton
  • Juliana Rivera


  • Carly Graham
  • Denille Samuel

Freed Foundation Student Research and Development Award Recipients

Spring 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, projects were unfunded.

  • Luisa Alarcon
  • Nickolas Khimerik
  • Richard Yudkiss

Other Scholarships and Funding Opportunities for Undergraduates

Belle Zeller Scholarship

The Belle Zeller Scholarship Trust Fund was established in 1979 by the Professional Staff Congress–CUNY, the instructional staff union of the City University of New York, to honor Professor Belle Zeller, a faculty member at Brooklyn College, who served from the founding of the college in 1930 until her retirement in 1973.

The Belle Zeller Scholarship Trust Fund provides scholarships to allow the most distinguished CUNY students to continue in CUNY undergraduate, graduate, and professional school programs. Eligibility for the scholarship includes having completed at least 16 credits at CUNY, with a 3.75 GPA or better, and having performed significant community service. Belle Zeller Scholars receive a scholarship in the amount of $5,000.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2021–22 cycle. These awards can be used by recipients in fall 2021. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is March 31, 2021.

For further questions, contact the Belle Zeller Scholars program via e-mail.

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