David C. Skomp was a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology who received his MA degree in 1965. He set up a private foundation that probifes the department with funds for graduate student grants. The David C. Skomp Fellowship account receives its funds from the interest of his foundation's investments. These funds vary in amount from year to year as there are fluctuations in the health of the nation's economy.
The Department of Anthropology awards a limited number of fellowships to graduate students under our Skomp Feasibility Fellowship program. Skomp fellowships are meant to enable students to undertake a feasibility study that will test the methods and approaches they plan to use for their dissertation research in a future field season. Sometimes Skomp projects generate useful preliminary data that can be incorporated into the dissertation. Well-conceived Skomp projects are expected to produce data that can form the basis of grant proposals to fund dissertation research.
The competition is open to students in all subfields and the Graduate Affairs Committee critically reviews all applications. Although it is expected that every well-conceived Skomp feasibility research proposal will be funded, the Department cannot guarantee full funding of all requests. The application procedures and accounting for the awards are designed to give students practice in all aspects of grant preparation and reporting.
NOTE: HUMAN SUBJECTS, ANIMAL CARE, BIOSAFETY
The Department of Anthropology requires that you obtain approvals from the appropriate institutional boards before funds are disbursed for your summer feasibility study. This includes the Human Subjects Committee (IRB), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (see links provided under research compliance at: https://research.iu.edu/policies/index.html). You must demonstrate that you have applied for approval by the time you submit the application. Once your approval is obtained, email the DGS with protocal approval numbers and expiration dates. We cannot distribute funds until research approvals are in place. If your research does not involve human subjects or archives of human subjects, animals or any biological materials, you probably constitute an exception, but you should check with your advisor to make certain. Most social/cultural, bioanthropology, and linguistics students will need to have their work approved. Some bioanthropology and archaeology students will constitute an exception, but not all. If you need further information and assistance, contact the DGS or your advisor, or to the link above.