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University of South Florida - Applied Anthropology

About this program

Anthropology is the comparative and global study of humanity. At USF, our faculty and students apply a holistic and interdisciplinary perspective to identify and understand contemporary human problems, especially in the environment, health, and community development sectors. Research and teaching in our program emphasizes the following: 1) how to apply medical anthropology frameworks to address global health issues, including HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases, maternal/child health, water/sanitation/hygiene, and nutrition/obesity; 2) how to make use of local environmental knowledge to address ecological problems, climate change, and sustainable and equitable development; and 3) how to work with families and communities to assess food security, perceptions of risk in environmental impacts, and resource conservation strategies.

Job prospects for anthropologists with international experience from our program are very high and expected to remain high into the future. In a recent survey by the American Anthropological Association's Committee on Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology, respondents reported being employed in a diverse array of fields, including education, community development, social services, human rights, social justice, international affairs, public policy and advocacy, public and community health, environmental resources, humanitarian efforts, and social impact assessment, among others.

  • Year partnership began: 2017
  • Fellowships awarded per year (average): 1-2

Application requirements

Statement of Purpose, Resume or CV, Letters of Recommendation (2), College Transcripts, Copy of Official Peace Corps Description of Service (DOS)

Admissions process

Degrees awarded

Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology, Doctorate in Applied Anthropology

Benefits and opportunities

In-state Out-of-state
Tuition and fees $15,531 $32,856
Value of fellowship $52,406 $52,406
Net cost $0 + additional benefits $0 + additional benefits

Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing. See cost savings details for more.

Estimated annual cost of living: $18,000

Cost savings details

We pay: full tuition waiver and 80% of student fees per year, 97% of student health insurance coverage, 10-hour-per-week graduate assistantship for M.A. ($7,562 per year) / 20-hour-per-week graduate assistantship for Ph.D. ($21,624 per year).


Students will complete a domestic internship in the Tampa Bay area or anywhere in the U.S. There are many opportunities locally in the Tampa Bay region in underserved communities. Many faculty in the Department of Anthropology at USF have local research projects in or partnerships with underserved communities, and routinely facilitate research or service-learning experiences in these settings. In addition, USF maintains an Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships, which facilitates local internships for students in underserved communities.

Other opportunities

In Anthropology, Fellows are also eligible for department scholarships (which typically cover book costs or field research expenses); a dissertation completion fellowship (to support the writing phase of the doctoral dissertation); and other scholarships, fellowships, and sources/forms of financial aid through the university. The FastWeb site offers a detailed scholarship search. The USF Office of Graduate Studies also coordinates several programs that offer scholarship support. Graduate Studies also offers several scholarships for underrepresented students. In addition, USF students can find part-time employment in the form of Federal Work-Study, USF OPS or internships. Finally, students are encouraged to fill out their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible. FAFSA forms are available through USF’s Financial Aid Office or online at The form is essential for receiving need-based financial aid through USF, such as Stafford loans and work-study. Information on loans is available through the USF Financial Aid Office.

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Nontraditional options

RPCVs interested in the Coverdell program in Applied Anthropology at USF can apply jointly and concurrently to both the Fellows program and the M.A. or Ph.D. program by mentioning interest in the Coverdell program in the statement of purpose. We expect applicants to the Fellows program to have the following characteristics to be successful: 1) foreign language skills, 2) intercultural competence, 3) training and experience in a specific PC work sector, and 4) professional/leadership skills. These characteristics will be evaluated through the candidate's statement of purpose, in which we ask applicants to address how their PC experience has prepared them to undertake graduate studies in applied anthropology. Additional components of the application package include the following: admission application, resume/CV, three letters of recommendation, optional GRE test scores, official transcripts, and a writing sample. These items will help us evaluate the fit between the applicant and the Fellows program. Specific countries in which our faculty currently conduct research or administer programs that yield RPCVs include: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Antigua and Barbuda, Martinique, Dominican Republic, Morocco, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Lesotho.

Contact information

Dr. Tara Deubel
Associate Professor and Graduate Director, Department of Anthropology




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Department of Anthropology
University of South Florida 4202 E. Fowler Ave., SOC 107
Tampa, FL 33620