Study Abroad: Summer Research Trip (Suceava County, Romania)

Deadline for Scholarship: January 30, 2018

Students are invited to join a research trip to Arbore Commune, Suceava County, Romania, to document how modernization, especially in traditional belief, has changed rural lives.  Cultural anthropologists Professor James M. Nyce (Ball State University, retired) and Alexandra Cotofana,  ABD (IUB), will teach methods for conducting fieldwork interviews with village residents. Students should be able to arrange college credit for the three weeks (6-8 credit hours) through their home institutions.

Approximate dates:   July 19 – August 9, 2018 (3 weeks)
Start/end point:     Cluj, Romania
Team size:   5-10
Expedition languages:  English, Romanian. Local language: Romanian.

Projected fee:   $2910 – $4136, depending on the number of volunteers. Fee includes room, board, local travel, instruction and translation services. Airfare is not included.

Details and application forms at:

Examples of previous student work:

AFRF is offering a $1,900 scholarship, applicable to any of our 2018-January 2019 expeditions  Any American citizen (18 or older) may apply, but we are especially looking for candidates who will help us to further American understanding of traditional village life.   Past scholarship recipients have included undergraduate students, graduate students, elementary school teachers, and a professional photographer.  Recipients are required to produce a paper, article, exhibit or other work about folklore or about their experience on the expedition, which we will then share with the public.

You’ll find the FAQ and application form below.  Deadline is January 30, 2018.