Riaz Malik Grant

Riaz Malik Research Grant Program through the Council for Minnesota Archaeology

Ongoing applications accepted (no deadline)

Riaz Malik came to the University of Minnesota as a student of Elden Johnson and stayed to make significant contributions to Minnesota archaeology at Mille Lacs, Prairie Island, and along the Rainy River. He co-directed the data recovery at the Bradbury Brook site (21ML42) pictured above. Riaz passed away in 1993.

The CMA offers research grants to support the advancement of Minnesota’s archaeological knowledge and ethical methodologies. We are particularly interested in supporting students asking critical research questions and developing new approaches, whether with previously excavated materials or in recent field projects.  Our grants can allow you to extend your analysis with support for specialized tests (such as radiocarbon dating, scanning electron microscope use, or characterization studies like XRF, XRD, or isotopes), or project supplies for field or lab work. The monetary amount of each grant awarded is determined by the selected applications and the availability of funds. Based on the program’s history, we expect the current awards to not exceed $800. Student projects have priority. If no viable student applications are received, the grant is available to CMA members.

Required for application:

  • Description of research project, specifying how the research grant would be used;
  • Detailed budget and schedule;
  • If the project includes destructive analysis, please include a statement regarding why it is necessary, and indicate permissions from appropriate stakeholders;
  • Letter of support from applicant’s academic advisor (for student projects)

Electronic submissions are welcome (a single PDF file is preferred). Applications will be reviewed by the grants committee, and recommendations forwarded to the full CMA membership at the following meeting. Applicants will be informed of the membership’s decision immediately following the meeting. Funds will be made available to successful applicants as soon as possible after the notification.

Send applications to: Kat Hayes – Chair of the Grant Committee at kathayes@umn.edu

Recent Riaz Malik Grant Winners


Jackson Carr

University of Calgary – Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Project Title – Western Blackduck: Political Boundaries vs. Archaeological Reality

Awarded December 2022

Emily Briggs

University of Minnesota – Department of Anthropology

Project Title – Collection of Grass Samples Across Minnesota for the Construction of a State-Specific Strontium Isotope ‘Isoscape’

Awarded February 2021