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Students are welcome to apply for the Program for Early Modern Southeast Asia Archaeology Field School in Bicol, Philippines, tentatively scheduled June 20 to July 15, 2022! Deadline: January 15, 2022

The Program for Early Modern Southeast Asia (PEMSEA) is calling for applications to the 2022 Bicol Archaeology Field School, tentatively scheduled from June 20-July 15, 2022, in Camarines Sur, Philippines. Students participating in the 4-week field school will learn how to conduct archaeological field research; share the results of their studies by writing research papers and creating and participating in public presentations; and through active involvement in public outreach activities.  The field season will be divided into blocks of activities, geared toward achieving the research goals of the project. Activities include participation in surface mapping, archaeological excavations, the initial processing of artifacts, ethnographic interviews, and laboratory analyses. Lectures, discussions, one-on-one meetings, and hands-on laboratory training will be held every evening to guide students to complete their research projects.

The field school has been awarded funding by the Henry Luce Foundation’s Luce Southeast Asia Initiative, complemented by funding from the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and UCLA International Institute. Eight (8) undergraduate and four (4) graduate students will be selected through a competitive process. Selected students will receive funding for roundtrip airfare (LAX-MNL-LAX), field accommodation, meals, and ground travel. Students are responsible for travel expenses to and from LA prior to the trip to the Philippines and personal expenses.

This is the first field school of the Luce Foundation Program for Early Modern Southeast Asia,  PEMSEA is a partnership among the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the University of Hawai’i-Mānoa Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and the University of Washington Department of Anthropology.


  • This program is particularly suited to both undergraduate and graduate students interested in the archaeology of colonialism, climate and environmental change, maritime trade, and community archaeology.
  • Students have the option to take credit-bearing courses through their respective institutions (i.e. directed research). 
  • As a prerequisite of their application, students should complete or plan to complete a SEA-themed course at UCLA, UHM, or UW or at your institution.
  • We particularly welcome applications from traditionally underrepresented students.


The application consists of:

  • a complete online application submitted (Google account required) by January 15, 2022;
  • one-page or 500-word statement of purpose describing your academic and career goals and how the PEMSEA Field School will help you to achieve these goals submitted through the online application;
  • copies of unofficial transcripts and a sample of writing submitted through the online application;
  • one letter of recommendation uploaded by recommenders through this online form by the deadline.

Please check for a confirmation email from us once we have received your application.


Mailing list and inquiry contact:
Madeleine Yakal, PEMSEA Coordinator

For more information on the Luce PEMSEA, please visit

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Published: Friday, October 15, 2021