Kenneth W Russell Fellowship in Archaeology, American Center of Oriental Research, Jordan

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Kenneth W Russell Fellowship in Archaeology, American Center of Oriental Research, Jordan


The Kenneth W. Russell Fellowship will be awarded to assist a graduate student of any nationality other than Jordanian to participate in an ACOR approved archaeological excavation or research project in Jordan. For the 2013-2014 funding cycle only non-Jordanian graduate students are eligible. The Kenneth W. Russell Fellowship provides support in the amount of $1,800. The fellowship must be used during the period between May 1, 2013 and April 30, 2014.
The fellowship is to assist in partial payment of essential expenses for graduate students. Students whose expenses are being borne largely or entirely by the project are ineligible. This award may be combined with an ACOR research fellowship to provide for residence at the ACOR center in Amman or an ACOR travel fellowship if this grant is used for research. Applicants must be enrolled graduate students at the time of application.
About the Kenneth W. Russell Fellowship
Kenneth W. Russell (1950 – 1992) began his formal association with ACOR in 1990 as an archaeologist for the ACOR projects at the Amman Temple of Hercules and at Aqaba (Islamic Ayla). He was educated at the University of Utah (Ph.D. 1986).
Russell was a brilliant and animated lecturer and a skilled anthropologist who contributed to archaeological and ethno-archaeological theory. He studied the ethnoarchaeology of the Bidul Bedouin, Petra’s modern day inhabitants. He was particularly interested in the history and archaeology of Petra, having received his early training in archaeological excavation in Petra in the 1970’s.
Russell died unexpectedly, on May 10, 1992 after a short illness contracted before commencing the excavation of the Petra Church. He was buried at Petra on a promontory overlooking the valley and his excavation, in a place chosen by and given to Ken by the Bidul.
The Kenneth Wayne Russell Memorial Trust was founded by family and friends to carry on his legacy in Jordan. The Russell trust rotates on a three-year cycle.

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  1. Year 1: Bedul education assistance for the children of Umm Sayhoun community in the Petra region.
  2. Year 2: Education assistance for a Jordanian student enrolled in an archaeology or cultural heritage degree program in any country. $1,500 award.
  3. Year 3: Student travel (any nationality except Jordanian) for field work or research in Jordan. One award of $1,500 to support a graduate student participating in an ACOR approved archaeological research project.

Since 2008, the Bedul cycle of the fellowship is spread over a three year period, so that an annual prize of JD 200 and a certificate commending their achievement can be awarded to the top male and top female tawjihi finalists from Umm Sayhoun.
Deadline for applications is February 1, 2013
Applicants will be notified by April 15, 2013

For more information, please visit : official website

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