I encourage potential Postdoctoral fellows to contact me anytime during the year. Since funding for postdocs is very limited at Penn it is important to start the process early (at least 18 months before you plan on coming). There are opportunities for postdocs to develop their own fully independent project as well as to participate in expanding an already implemented line of research. Research could take place in Ecuador, Argentina, Philadelphia or some of the captive colonies of Aotus in the US. I am particularly interested in Post-docs who may be prepared to make a (small) contribution to undergraduate teaching.
Prospective Masters students should apply between 1 October and 15 December. The Department of Anthropology receives anywhere from 150 to 200 applications for the Graduate Program. Although there is no formal interview process I highly recommend that you do your best to come visit us. It is as important for us as it is for you. Penn offers no funding for Masters Degrees.
If you are interested in applying I suggest you write a formal letter to me, addressing where your research interests lie and how you see them fitting in our program. Please enclose a CV. This preliminary information will allow for me to make stronger cases to support attractive applicants in the department pool.
Prospective PhD students should apply between 1 October and 15 December. The department receives anywhere from 150 to 200 applications and we can normally make between 4 to 6 offers. Although there is no formal interview process I highly recommend that you do your best to come visit us. It is as important for us as it is for you.
All accepted full time PhD applicants are offered the Benjamin Franklin Fellowship which includes the cost of tuition, fees and health insurance, as well as providing an annual stipend. The Department of Anthropology does not fund dual or joint degree candidates, PhD students housed in another graduate group at Penn; such funding must come from the student’s home graduate group.
Interested prospective students should write a formal letter to me, addressing where their research interest lies and enclose a CV. I expect candidates to show in their letter a thorough familiarity with my research; it is important that you convey clearly how your ideas and potential projects may intersect my research interests. In my website and the projects websites you will find contact information for many of the current and past students, it is always a good idea to contact other people who are in the same situation you want to be in deciding where to apply.
FIELD ASSISTANT POSITIONS
There is a variable number of volunteer assistants per year who work at the Owl Monkey Field Sites in Northern Argentina and the Monogamy Primates Project in Ecuador. Volunteers usually come with a strong background in biology, environmental sciences, primatology and veterinary sciences. Long-term volunteers may be offered some funding support. More information on the project can be found at http://owlmonkeyproject.wordpress.com/.
If you are interested in spending sometime working in the project, you need to send us a letter and CV, as well as the contact information of three people who can provide references. The following are some of the basic questions we will ask that you may want to consider in your letter:
1- How long are you willing to stay? When?
2- What are your plans after this field internship?
3- Will you have your own funding? Partial? Full funding?
We are always glad to welcome academic visitors to the group for periods of up to a year. Still, both in Argentina and Ecuador we need to request permission from authorities or owners of the ranch and certain documentation needs to be completed. Please contact me for more information on how to see our Owl Monkey Field Site in Formosa, Argentina.