(IFR) Institute for Field Research, Archaeological Curation from Field to Lab-Center for Archaeological Investigations
2999 Overland Avenue Suite 103 Los Angeles CA United States
Phone+1 877.839.4374
Email info@ifrglobal.org
General Description / Special Programs

The Institute for Field Research (IFR) was created in March 2011 by a group of leading academics. Operating as an independent, nonprofit academic organization has allowed us to break down traditional institutional barriers and deliver field schools to students regardless of the university in which they matriculate. By working with leading scholars from academic institutions around the world, the IFR delivers evidence-based field science programs in a broad range of disciplines while ensuring excellence in research and teaching. Students are no longer limited to the expertise of faculty members at their home institution, and principal investigators can recruit the best students from around the world.

The IFR offers a unique model to ensure excellence in our field schools. Each program is peer-reviewed, annually by our Academic Board. The application process for new programs and partners is rigorous. No program is permitted to submit an application before IFR academic staff or board members conduct a site visit. Field school projects are evaluated both on the merit of active research and commitment to pedagogy. This investment in quality control yields exceptional and dependable programs that produce outstanding research and remarkable students.

Students attending any IFR field school are awarded college credit units through our academic partner, Connecticut College, a private, highly ranked liberal arts institution with a deep commitment to undergraduate education.

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Tuition Info
Tuition Covers: Costs of instruction Costs of your room & board. In most field schools, your meals during the weekend are not covered but the cost of accommodations are. Refer to the field school syllabus for details. Costs of your credit units and two transcripts Local transportation. Some field schools will not cover travel expense from the airport to the site. Please refer to program syllabus for further details. For all international programs, the full costs of your Health, Political & Natural Disaster Evacuation and Accident Insurance
Other Degree Requirements There are no prerequisites for almost all of our field schools. They are open to anyone 18 years and older to apply.
Certificate Info Students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units) for completing a full length, 4-5 week field school through our academic partner – Connecticut College. Our short, 2-3 week field schools offer 2 to 4 semester credit units. Connecticut College is a private, highly ranked liberal arts institution with a deep commitment to undergraduate education. Students will receive a letter grade for attending an IFR field school as described in the grading assessment and matrix on each program syllabus. IFR field schools provide a minimum of 160 direct instructional hours.
Experience Offered
Field Work
Internship / Grants / Funding
Grants Or Funding We understand that field school tuition can be a significant expense for students. To help, the IFR offers many scholarships. Last year, we awarded over $100,000 to students to attend our field schools. In addition, we have aggregated links and short descriptions of grants and scholarships available to students from external organizations. To be considered for an IFR scholarship, you must have first completed and submitted your field school application and have been admitted to an IFR field school before the scholarship deadline. Previous IFR scholarship winners cannot apply for the same scholarship they were awarded but are eligible for consideration for all other IFR scholarships.
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Application Deadlines
Our field schools' application deadlines operate on a rolling basis. The full tuition payment deadline for all of our programs is April 3, 2020.