Obsidian pebbles from the Wiki Peak source in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. NPS photo by Jeff Rasic.

Stefanie Ludwig Memorial Graduate Scholarship

The Stefanie Ludwig Memorial Graduate Scholarship commemorates the numerous contributions thatĀ Stefanie Ludwig (1955-2010) made to geoarchaeology, archaeological field work, and cultural resource management in Alaska. Following anthropological training in California and Washington, Stefanie began working inĀ Alaska in 1981. She dedicated her career to both historic and prehistoric archaeology, participating in excavation, survey, collections analyses, and construction monitoring at sites from Arctic to Southeast Alaska. Her contributions to Alaskan archaeology include publications on the geoarchaeology of the Peniel Mission in Skagway, research regarding beach ridges, Nome storms, the historic waterfront in Fairbanks, and Ipiutak and Thule era sites in Deering, Alaska. From 2000 to 2010 Stefanie managed the Review and Compliance section of the Alaska Office of History and Archaeology, which reviews government projects to assess their impacts on cultural resources in Alaska. Despite a quiet demeanor, her ability to educate project managers and negotiate resolutions for controversial projects endeared her to both project proponents and professional colleagues. In her three-decade-long career in Alaska, she contributed significantly to the cultural resource management missions of the U.S. National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The Alaska Anthropological Association invites applications for the Stefanie Ludwig Memorial Scholarship Award for advanced students (either M.A. or Ph.D. level) in anthropology. This award is for $1500.

This scholarship is designed to assist eligible students in their pursuit of an academic degree in anthropology, or a clearly related degree program/curriculum, or interdisciplinary degree that includes anthropology as a significant component. Students must be focused on a question, topic, or issue that pertains to the cultures and anthropology of the north.

This award is limited to the support of field and/or laboratory research on Alaska material. Requests can be made for travel to complete research, but not to attend meetings or present data.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program and be a member of the Alaska Anthropological Association (i.e., current year dues must be paid at or before time of application). The scholarship may be used at any appropriate institution. Scholarship funds must be expended within one year of being granted and may not be used retroactively.

The primary evaluation criteria will be the quality and significance of proposed research in these areas: 1) Geoarchaeology – including stratigraphic interpretation, analysis of soils and sediments, or employing landscape history and characteristics in designing field surveys for prehistoric sites; 2) Collections Analyses; 3) Cultural Resource Management. Note that awards are not made every year, dependent on the number and quality of submissions.

Applications must be received by February 1st for awards to be announced at the Annual Meeting in March. Download and complete the application. You may attach additional pages to the form if needed to include all required information. A CV/Resume is required with the application package. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please submit your completed form in Adobe pdf format to: alaskaanthroaward.scholarship [at] gmail [dot] com.

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  1. Ludwig Application (105.6 KB)
    Applications must be received by February 1, 2017.