The Edwards & Olswang Grant


The Edwards and Olswang Grant is awarded semi-annually in support of outstanding graduate scholarship and research activity in anthropology. The amount of the award varies dependent upon the merit of the proposal and annual availability of scholarship funds.


Department calls for applications typically go out via email to all eligible anthropology graduate students in the fall and spring semesters of every academic year. Applications are reviewed by the Department of Anthropology Scholarship Committee, and awardees are notified of their award before the end of the semester in which they applied. Awards are distributed prior to the start of the following semester.


Full-time PhD and MA students in anthropology recognized as recognized by the Graduate College (i.e., Graduate Assistants enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester; non-Graduate Assistants enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester.)

Students also must complete a FAFSA application and an online UNLV Scholarship application, available on the UNLV Financial Aid and Scholarship Website, before submitting their scholarship application.

To apply, please submit:

  • A complete application consists of:
  • A complete graduate transcript.
  • A current CV.
  • A proposal detailing the professional activity to be supported. Such activity might include:
    • Research expenses (e.g., travel, fieldwork related expenses, lab expenses, and research participant compensation, etc.)
    • Travel to professional conferences
    • Purchase of equipment to support research (excluding computers)
  • A budget should include the following information:
    • What other moneys that have been applied for and/or received.
    • What portion of the total budget is being requested in the Edwards and Olswang Grant application?
    • Will you be able to complete the project or undertaking if you only receive partial funding?

The text of the proposal should be no more than five double-spaced pages.