Archaeology Program Research Project


Archaeology Program Senior Research Awards (Arch-SR)


The project is within the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, a part of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate. It encompasses three anthropological science programs: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and Cultural Anthropology. These programs collectively support fundamental research aimed at advancing anthropological theory, deepening our comprehension of human cultural and biological diversity across time, and contributing to contemporary efforts aimed at enhancing human welfare. The Archaeology Program, in particular, concentrates on investigating the processes that have influenced past behaviors in humans and their fossil ancestors.

Project Description:

The Archaeology Program supports research endeavors to enhance our understanding of past behaviors within an anthropological context. Proposals submitted to this program should convincingly demonstrate the significance of the research focus and its potential to contribute to anthropological knowledge. No specific priorities regarding geographic region, time period, or theoretical orientation exist. While the program does not restrict research categories, most applications typically involve funding for either field research or the analysis of archaeological materials using various methodologies.

Proposals with cultural or biological orientations may be suitable for co-review with the Cultural Anthropology or Biological Anthropology programs or even with natural and biological science programs. However, co-review is subject to the discretion of the participating programs.

The Archaeology Program emphasizes the ethical implications of proposed research on individuals, communities, environments, and the scientific enterprise. Proposals should thoroughly discuss these implications within the project description. Additionally, the program encourages integrating broader impact activities into research grants, such as outcomes beneficial to society, efforts to promote STEM research participation, and training and outreach initiatives.

Job Description (Fully Remotely):

We seek a highly motivated and experienced Principal Investigator (PI) to lead a research project funded by the Archaeology Program. The primary goal of this project is to contribute to the understanding of past human behaviors through innovative archaeological research. The PI will be responsible for designing and executing research activities that address key questions related to cultural, social, and biological aspects of human societies throughout history. Additionally, the PI will play a critical role in facilitating broader impact activities, integrating ethical considerations into the research process, and supporting the development of archaeometric techniques and services.


  • Lead innovative research projects to deepen understanding of past human behaviors.
  • Design and conduct archaeological investigations across diverse cultural contexts and time periods.
  • Engage in broader impact activities to share research outcomes with society and promote STEM participation.
  • Support the development of archaeometric techniques to enhance research capabilities.
  • Integrate ethical considerations into all aspects of research, including community engagement and environmental assessment.
  • Mentor students and disseminate research findings through publications and presentations.


  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in archaeology, anthropology, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated expertise in archaeological research, including fieldwork, laboratory analysis, and data interpretation.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage with diverse stakeholders and communities.
  • Commitment to integrating ethical considerations into research practices and engaging with local communities in a respectful and culturally sensitive manner.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team, with strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Experience mentoring and supervising undergraduate and graduate students in research activities.