The purpose of the Charles Hudson Award and its Fund is to foster and improve research on the long history of humanity in the Southeast by supporting student research projects. For 2022, the award amount will be $800.00.

The Charles Hudson Award is intended to recognize and support students who carry out high quality research on the social history of the Southeastern United States using ethnohistory, archaeology, history, linguistics, or oral traditions. Preference is given to proposals that draw on more than one of these methods or that link the people known only through archaeology to more recent indigenous people. Quality of research in this specified area (including significance, clarity of research design, and feasibility) is the sole criterion for judging proposals. The Award is given in support of research and scholarly development and may be used for research expenses, lab materials, travel, books, tuition, fees, and other scholarly needs as justified in the application materials.

The Charles Hudson Award is given annually, provided that the yield of the endowment is sufficient. The Award Committee reserves the right not to grant an award depending on the merit of the proposals. The Award Committee may also consider multiple awards (such as separate awards for graduate and undergraduate proposals) when yield of endowment is sufficient.

If you would like to donate to the fund, you can do so here.

Who May Apply?

To be eligible for the Award, applicants must be enrolled as a student in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at the time of the Award. There is no restriction on academic discipline. The proposed research may be part of a larger project but the proposal and all its parts should be stand-alone.

How to Apply

The Hudson Award proposal consists of three parts:

Part I: Proposal explaining how the financial support will be used to further the applicant’s research.
Suggested outline:
A. Problem
B. Methods
C. Anticipated Research Products
D. Significance
E. Plans for dissemination
F. Works Cited (no more than eight essential references)

Part II: Proposed timeline, budget, and curriculum vitae.
A. Schedule for research/dissemination
B. Budget for funds
C. Evidence of compliance with applicable regulations and permissions
D. Contact information and student standing (current year of education)
E. Curriculum vitae

Part III: Letter of support sent by the faculty advisor directly to the Award Committee attesting to eligibility, ability to complete project in a timely manner, and if applicable, other support.

Proposal Guidelines:
• No more than five pages total (not including CV), 12-point font, Part IA-IE double-spaced text, all else single-spaced
• Follow Society for American Archaeology style guide
• No more than two essential graphics
• Send Parts I and II as a single PDF document, Part III (letter of support) should be sent separately by faculty advisor.

Proposals and letters of support should be submitted by TBA to the Hudson Award committee chair, Eric Bowne ( Late or incomplete proposals will NOT be accepted.