The Graduate Application Process


Applications for graduate study in the UConn Department of Anthropology are made through the Graduate School; details of the application process can be found on the Graduate School website. The Department of Anthropology’s graduate program committee makes admissions decisions. Daniel Adler chairs the committee, and general application inquiries may be made to him. We judge applicants based upon three primary criteria: academic excellence, preparation in the discipline, and goodness of fit between the student and our program; we also encourage women and members of underrepresented minorities to apply. In reviewing applications, the committee carefully weighs transcripts, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation for evidence of academic background, interests, and achievements. The written statement of purpose is very important in determining the research issues the student wishes to address, and therefore which members of the faculty might serve on the student’s advisory committee. If no member of the faculty feels willing or able to serve as a student’s major advisor, the student will not be admitted.

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Prospective students are advised to learn about the individual courses of study offered by the Department of Anthropology (Cultural Anthropology, Evolution, Cognition, and Culture, Medical Anthropology, Old World Archaeology, and New World Archaeology), and about members of the faculty and their research before applying. You are encouraged to make email contact with faculty members with whom you would like to study. You should consider visiting the UConn campus, or at a minimum arrange to speak with your potential advisor on the telephone. The purpose of a campus visit or interview is for both faculty and student to determine whether the program is right for the student and whether the student is right for the program. You should make initial contact no later than the fall semester in which you submit your application. You should realize that while faculty members are conducting research abroad they often do not have regular access to their email. If you do not receive a reply to your inquiries, it may be helpful to check with Andrea Booth to see if the faculty member you wish to speak with is on campus, and if not, to find out with whom you should correspond. Current graduate students are also a valuable source of information, and you can find out about them and their contact details on the Department of Anthropology website.

You should begin the application process during the fall semester. The deadline for applications is January 15th and admissions decisions are made in early spring, usually during the month of February, with letters of acceptance or non-acceptance usually mailed in March. Acceptance letters usually contain information regarding any offers of financial aid, although financial details may sometimes be clarified in a subsequent letter.

Graduate Course Offerings

A complete list of courses offered at a graduate level is maintained and updated here.


In order for an applicant to be considered for one of the following fellowships, the applicant must select that they wish to be considered in SLATE. Recipients of these fellowships will be the most academically promising members of the entering class of graduate students at the University of Connecticut. The criteria used to select recipients include the following:

  • Evidence of scholarly or creative achievement highlighted by the department or program in their nomination and evidence that the department or program provides the environment necessary for success in the areas of interest highlighted by the applicant.
  • Evidence of any prior scholarly or creative achievement by the nominee, e.g., publications, presentations, exhibits, performances.
  • Evidence that the nominee has been successful at previous academic institutions, e.g., letters of recommendation.
  • Quantitative evidence of academic accomplishment, e.g., undergraduate grade point average, GRE/GMAT (when available).

The Jorgensen Fellowship (JF) is available to outstanding young scholars applying to doctoral programs. The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for five years.

In addition, to be eligible for either the fellowships below, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity in higher education and/or a commitment to enhancing diversity in their field of study.

The Harriott Fellowship (HF) is available to outstanding young scholars applying to doctoral programs. The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for five years.

 The Crandall Fellowship (CF) is available to outstanding young scholars applying to master’s programs. The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for two years (MFA is for three years).

For HF and CF fellowships students must submit a diversity statement through the SLATE application system. Students can demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity in higher education through participation in organizations or activities that (a) directly relate to increasing access to higher education and retention in higher education of individuals, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion, or beliefs or (b) that help to ensure that individuals are welcomed and included in higher education environments regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion, or beliefs. Such organization and activities might include participation/affiliation with TRIO programs, cultural/affinity organizations/centers, volunteer experiences, and college or university committees focused on these goals. Students provide evidence of this commitment through research and educational experience reflected on their CV/resume (articles, presentations, internship, and research experience), in their personal statement, or in letters of recommendations.

More information about fellowships can be found at The Graduate School’s Internal Fellowships Award page here.