Program Title: Discovering and Preserving Mongolian Cultural Heritage: A Multi-disciplinary Field School Opportunity in Northern Mongolia

Program Location: Soyo Bag (district), Ulaan Uul Soum (county), Huvsgul Province, Mongolia

Program Overview: Participants of this program will get a unique opportunity to learn both traditional and cutting edge archaeological methods in a beautiful, mountainous and remote region of northern Mongolia. Adventurers up to the challenge will be immersed in the local nomadic culture, uncover evidence of Mongolia’s ancient past, and will come away with the skills necessary to jumpstart a career in archaeology.

Program Dates: 8 July — 27 July 2019

Places Available: 15 places funded by the New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant. A limited number of self-funded places may be considered case by case.

Open to:

  • Students currently enrolled in Bachelor of Archaeology and BA students majoring/minoring in Archaeology in HASS.
  • Students must have a space in their study plan to enrol in a 4.5 unit topic in NS 2 2019. A topic to be confirmed.

Eligibility: Applicants must:

  • be Australian Citizens
  • be enrolled in an Australian University at the time of application and throughout their overseas study program; and
  • be undertaking a Bachelor's degree level program (Pass or Honours) at the commencement of the program; and
  • have successfully completed at least 36 units of the undergraduate course with a grade point average of at least 4.5 or 18 units of the undergraduate courses with a grade point average of at least 5.0 at the commencement of overseas study; and
  • be between 18 and 28 years of age or over 28 on a case by case basis at the commencement of the overseas study;
  • have their overseas study count as credit towards their course of study at Flinders University
  • The program will be held in a very remote area in Mongolia therefore students are required to have demonstrated independency, self-sufficiency, flexibility, reasonable health and fitness, and cultural awareness.

Credit: On successful completion of the program and required assessment if any, students may be eligible to receive 4.5 units of credit towards their Flinders program. Successful applicants will be advised about credit arrangements.

Costs: 

Program fee of US$2,900 will include;

  • Program fee in Mongolia
  • Campsite
  • Meals
  • Transportation to and from Ulaanbaatar to the site and around the project area
  • Permits

Other costs such as returned airfares from Australia, passport, visa/student visa, vaccination, camping gear (sleeping bag, tent, etc.) and personal expenses are not included in the cost above.

A total of 15 x $3,000 New Colombo Plan Mobility grants are available to support eligible participants; in addition, students may also be eligible to apply for an OS Help Loan.

Students are eligible to register with Flinders travel insurance.

How to Apply:

Step 1:

  • Submit an online enquiry form Ask Flinders at askflinders.microsoftcrmportals.com -> click "Request Support".
  • Ask based on your study plan if it's possible to enrol in a 4.5 unit in NS 2 2019. College will respond to you directly.

Step 2:

  • Submit an Expression of Interest to Dr. Julia Clark (nomadsciencemongolia@gmail.com) by 5pm 15 February, 2019. In addition to submitting an EOI, they must also submit a project application. (www.nomadsciencemongolia.com).

Your expression of interest should include the following:

  1. Your full name, student number and GPA
  2. Copy of a latest academic transcript (download via the Student Information System)
  3. A short statement in response to the following questions:
    1. How will this fellowship impact your future goals in archaeology?
    2. Why are you interested in this particular program
  4. Advise that you currently have a space in your study plan to enrol in a 4.5 unit in NS 2 2019 to participate in this program (see Step 1 above).

Further information:

Dr. Julia Clark - nomadsciencemongolia@gmail.com