Program on Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials

The Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS) Announces:

ATAM Student Mini-grants in Archaeometry

The ISAS Program on Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials (ATAM) Student Mini-grants in Archaeometry are intended to assist UIUC undergraduate and graduate students complete theses, capstone or other projects involving instrumental analyses of archaeological or art historical materials.  Awards will not exceed $500 and are to be used for analysis conducted at UIUC laboratories/facilities. Funding is provided by the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Prairie Research Institute, UIUC. Collaborative projects are encouraged and students outside of archaeology are urged to apply.


  • Applicant must be a currently enrolled UIUC undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Application and reference forms can be downloaded below.
  • Proposal must include a 1–2 page summary clearly stating the research question/s to be addressed, the archaeological or art historical context and significance, and the technique/s to be employed.  A budget for the proposed analysis must also be included.  Please include names and contact information for two faculty members who will provide letters of reference.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically to ATAM Assistant Director, Dr. Kristin Hedman at
  • Applications will be evaluated by the ATAM Advisory Committee (and relevant specialists).
  • Mini-grants will be awarded in Fall Semester.  

The recipient is expected to:

  • present their results at the ATAM Science and Archaeology Symposium or ATAM Brown Bag event to be scheduled in the spring.
  • submit a written report upon completion of the project detailing how the money was used in the context of the project.
  • agree to allow publication of the submitted material (ISAS-ATAM website, newsletter, annual report, etc.), and agree to mention ISAS-ATAM grant assistance in reports/publications.

Instructions for Application

  1. Download and complete the Application Form. This is a PDF form that can be filled out, saved and returned as an attachment by email. Please change the file name from “APP NAME2017_. . .” to your last name so we can easily track your application files (e.g., “SMITH2017_Minigrant_Application Form”). Email the Application to ATAM Assistant Director, Dr. Kristin Hedman at
  2. Download the Faculty Letter of Recommendation form and forward it to the faculty members whom you listed on your application. They will forward their letters directly to the ATAM Assistant Director.
  3. Download the Permission to Perform Analysis form. This form is to be completed by the curator or holder of the collection you will be analyzing. You may scan the completed form and attach it to an email to the ATAM Assistant Director, or complete the form and forward it with an electronic signature.

Application Deadline:  9 October 2017
Award Notification:  30 October 2017
Priority will be given to first-time applicants.

Questions can be submitted to ATAM Assistant Director Dr. Kristin Hedman at