Mongolia Field School Program

Application Deadline

October 12, 2020

The first annual American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) interdisciplinary Mongolia Field School will be held from July 29-August 16, 2019 in Mongolia. The Field School is open to all participants, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and life-long learners interested in academic studies and research that explore Mongolia’s unique history, culture and contemporary issues. The field school highlights three potential concentration topics, including public archeology, migration studies and renewable energy, and all participants will have the opportunity to learn field research techniques and conduct self-selected research projects. Previous experience in Mongolia or with field studies is not required.

The Field School will begin in Ulaanbaatar with an orientation course, Modern Mongolia: History, Culture and Society in a Changing World, that will include lectures by Mongolian and international experts and visits to local museums and sites of interest. After the orientation, participants will begin their concentration area field studies, which will take place in both the capitol city and rural regions of Mongolia, utilizing the main field camp at Hatgal, near Lake Hovsgol in northern Mongolia. All Field School participants will be able to experience the best of Mongolian culture, including a visit to Hustai National Park to see the famous Takhi (Przewalski) native horses, horse riding and staying in traditional nomadic tents (gers).

Tuition for the program is $2,900 for all participants, which will cover program costs in Mongolia, including meals, housing, transportation, instruction and site visits. A significant number of scholarships of up to $3,500 are available based on merit and need through the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Ulaanbaatar. Students who are seeking academic credit for the program courses can work with program organizers and their home institution to insure the program meets credit requirements.

The priority deadline for applications is February 15, 2019, and the final program application deadline is April 30, 2019. Applications received by February 15 will have priority consideration for fellowship awards and placement in the field school concentration area of first choice. For more detailed information on the application process and terms and conditions of the program, please click on the application link and review the other resource pages available on this website including the Program Terms and Conditions, and information on requesting Letters of Recommendation.


Application Requirements:

  • Completed Online Application Form
  • Statement of Interest
  • Statement of Experience in Remote Areas
  • Letter or Reference from academic reference attached online or submitted prior to the deadline by email
  • If applying for Fellowship Support:
    • Fellowship Statement discussing criteria for fellowship awards
    • Optional letter of financial need from institutional financial aid office

Research Offering Location

Asia International (Not UK)

Undergraduate School

College Engineering LPS Nursing Wharton

Research Offering Source


Contact Information

For additional information and questions on the program and application process, please contact the ACMS using the phone or email contact: