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CHESS 2014-2015 Application Deadline:

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 5:00 PM


Application Form


*** Please note that you should use Adobe Acrobat Reader to complete your application  form.  If using Preview (Mac), you will need to print and scan the completed form (or submit it in hard copy), as data saved in Preview is not viewable in Reader.  Please contact us with any technical questions.  




Each year, 5 students will be accepted into the CHESS program.  Applicants must be an: 

  • early-career graduate student or

  • advanced undergraduate student entering junior or senior year of study 

  • Students from outside the department of anthropology who are interested in learning anthropological research methods are welcome to apply. 

  • Students from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

  • Students must be willing to commit to the three-course series if accepted into the program.  

If you have further questions regarding your eligibility for the CHESS program, please contact us


Application Instructions:


1) Download the application form and complete it electronically. The required statement should be word-processed.

2) The one required statement is a statement of research interests and preparation.  

The statement of research interests and preparation should be a concise description of your research interests relative to the 2014-2015 CHESS research stream: Sustainable Heritage, Communities, and Economies (see Research page for further details). Include a description of your proposed field research site and your proposed research project. State how participation in the CHESS program will benefit your academic training and how it will further your intended professional career. Describe any prior research experience and discuss its relevance to the CHESS program. You may also discuss language training, completed coursework, or other preparation relevant to field research. Limit your response to 1,000 total words, 12 pt. font and 1 inch margins.  

3) Be sure to sign and date the application on page 3 (electronic signature is acceptable).

Your complete application should include: 
  1. Application Form
  2. Statement of Research Interests and Preparation 
  3. A copy of your current academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  4. A detailed CV

** Please submit these four items via email to or in hard copy to: 

Dr. Krista Harper
Department of Anthropology
240 Hicks Way
University of Massachusetts 
Amherst, MA 01003