We invite applications for the 2023 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Paleoanthropology Field School. This program will provide young scholars with an exceptional study abroad experience at one of the world’s premier paleoanthropological sites: Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. The site was made famous by the excavations of Mary and Louis Leakey and is home to dozens of the most well-preserved early archaeological sites in the world. Students will have the unique opportunity to support and participate in an international project that is tracking the bio-behavioral evolution of our remote ancestors between 2 and 1 million years ago. While students receive training in basic paleoanthropological field and laboratory techniques, they will also experience the rich cultures and diverse wildlife of one of Africa’s most beautiful countries. Each student will gain experience in all aspects of field and lab research. Students will also attend weekly lectures describing the region’s prehistory, culture, and ecology. Four excursions are also planned: two paleoanthropological sites (Engaresero and Lake Ndutu), a visit to the local Maasai market, and a safari day within the Ngorongoro Crater, which supports one of the densest populations of wildlife in Africa.
Students will arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, just outside of Arusha, and will be met at the airport by program staff and transported into Arusha for the first night. Students will then be transported to Olduvai Gorge, a trip of approximately 5-6 hours. Once at the gorge, students will stay on-site in tents at the Aguirre-Mturi Field Research Station, which has fresh water for cleaning and consumption, solar lights, and generators. The research station also has its own cooking and dining facility, and food is prepared over an open fire. Students will work six days per week, from 8am to 4pm, with the first half of the day dedicated to field work/excavation and the second half to find curation and analysis. The program runs during the month of June. Exact dates TBA.
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and non-UNCG students with an overall GPA of 3.0 and at least one course in anthropology or archaeology are welcome to apply. Program directors and participants are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to departure.
Students earn 6 credits through UNCG. Fees are expected to be $5,000 (does not include airfare or visas). Fees will cover all research permits, meals, lodging, in-country transport, and excursions.
Application deadline is December 1, 2022 (a letter of recommendation is required for non-UNCG students).
UNCG reserves the right to cancel or alter the program’s format, or to change costs in case of conditions beyond its control. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is of utmost concern, and we are actively monitoring the situation in Tanzania.
Field school's sexual harassment policy as submitted
Sexual Harassment, as defined by 34 CFR 106.30, is: conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:
An employee conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct;
Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the recipient’s education program or activity; or
“Sexual assault “ as defined in 20 U.S.C. 1092 (f)(6)(A)(v), “dating violence” as defined in 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(10), “domestic violence” as defined in 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(8), or “stalking” as defined in 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(30).
 Sexual Assault: An offense classified as a forcible or nonforcible sex offense under the uniform crime reporting system of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Sex Offenses, Forcible- Any sexual act directed against another person, without the consent of the victim including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent. Forcible Rape- (Except Statutory Rape) The carnal knowledge of a person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will or not forcibly or against the person’s will in instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of their temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity. Forcible Sodomy- Oral or anal sexual intercourse with another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will or not forcibly against that person’s will in instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of their youth or because of their temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity. Sexual Assault With An Object- To use an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal opening of the body of another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will or not forcibly or against the person’s will in instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of their youth or because of their temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity. Forcible Fondling- The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that person’s will or not forcibly or against the person’s will in instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
 Violence committed by a person- (a) who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and (b) where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: The length of the relationship; The type of relationship; The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
 Felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic of family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.
 Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to (a) fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or (b) suffer substantial emotional distress.