SAROI is open to emerging and early career scholars in archaeology and heritage management, including at the late-doctoral, post-doctoral, and early-career (i.e. non-tenured) levels. Scholars working outside of academia should be less than 5 years from the receipt of their terminal degrees at the time of application. Some knowledge of geospatial techniques at a novice or intermediate level is recommended, but not required.

We especially encourage women and scholars from underrepresented communities and institutions to apply. Although international applicants are allowed, US-born and/or US-based fellows will be given priority. Please note that while non-U.S. citizens and persons without a current US visa may apply, there is no guarantee that, if selected, we will be able to secure a visa for the workshop.

It is the policy of the University of Arkansas to provide equal access and opportunity to qualified persons with disabilities in compliance with Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and abide by the recommendations from health authorities such as CDC and WHO. We will post any developments to the website and be in contact with SAROI Fellows to make alternative plans if needed.

Application requirements

To be considered, applications should include the following:

  • Project Narrative (1000 words maximum, reference and captions not included)
  • CV
  • Required application questions, which include:
    • Project title
    • Project keywords (up to five), related to geographic location, methodology(s), disciplinary orientation (e.g., paleoanthropology, anthropological archaeology, classical archaeology, historical archaeology, cultural heritage studies, or other discipline not listed here), and research topic(s)
    • Biographical information including institutional affiliation, career stage, country of citizenship, and country of residency
    • Brief statements about previous geospatial training/experience and current access to equipment and software
    • Brief statement about commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Optional: references (supplementary materials)
  • Optional: figures (supplementary materials)

Accepted attachment types are .doc, .docx, and .pdf.

Project Narrative

The project narrative should include the following:

  • Research question/project to be addressed by using high-density measurement and analysis techniques. This can be a near-term (e.g., for a specific set of collections in mind) or longer-term (e.g. for future use); however, you must demonstrate that the skillsets you are hoping to develop have practical applications in your research trajectory.
  • Proposed spatial approaches for your research question/project. These may include methods that you wish to deepen your understanding through SAROI and/or those derived from previous training.
  • Relationship of the research of your research to the humanistic understanding of peoples and cultures.
  • Short-term skills you wish to gain through your participation in SAROI.
  • Long-term objectives of your participation in SAROI.

Maximum word length is 1000 words. Any applications substantially longer will not be reviewed. References and figures are uploaded as separate, optional supplementary materials, and do not contribute to overall word count.

Submission Portal

Applications are accepted through the SAROI submission portal. Please note you will have to register when accessing the portal for the first time.

Deadline and Notification

Applications for the 2022-2023 cohort will close January 20, 2022, at midnight Pacific Time. Notifications of fellowship awards will be sent in late February 2022.