Department of Anthropology at University of South Florida

Why you should consider 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 development sectors. Research and teaching in our program emphasizes the following: 1) how to design and implement health education programs with community participation focused especially around HIV/AIDS, 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.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 15,493 $ 33,323 $ 0 + You receive additional benefits.
Out of state $ 32,856 $ 50,686 $ 0 + You receive 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 the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

We pay: 80% tuition waiver per year, $2504 per year health insurance, 10-hour-per-week graduate assistantship for M.A. / 20-hour-per-week graduate assistantship for Ph.D.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

In Anthropology, Fellows are also eligible for the Williams, Wolfe, and Freeman scholarships (which typically cover book costs); Department, Fathauer, and Graduate Studies travel grants (to conduct field research or participant in national conferences); Angrosino, Whiteford, and Borman research awards (to support professional activities); 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.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 14,500

Application fee waived?



Students will complete a domestic internship 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 details

Program length

2 years for the M.A., 4 years for the Ph.D.

Application requirements

Statement of Purpose, Resume or CV, Letters of Recommendation (2), College Transcripts, Coverdell Essay, Copy of Date of Service (DOS)

Program begins


Non-traditional 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; or, if the student is currently enrolled in our graduate program they can apply separately to our Fellows program. We expect applicants to the Fellows program to have the following characteristics in order 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 will ask applicants to address explicitly these four criteria and 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, letters of recommendation, GRE test scores, official transcripts, and a writing sample. These items will help us evaluate the goodness-of-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, Nigeria, and Lesotho.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Dr. Tara Deubel, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

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