Cynthia Kordecki Scholarship

Archaeologist Cynthia Kordecki was one of the greatest contributors to the NDAA. She put 110% of her energy and support into this organization. This scholarship honors her memory.

The North Dakota Archaeological Association (NDAA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the scientific investigation, preservation, and publication of archaeological research. The NDAA annually awards research scholarships. Awards can be up to $1,000 (USD).


  1. People of any age may apply for the scholarship, including K-12 (students or educators), college and graduate students, professional researchers, and “life-long” students.

  2. The research must promote the scientific investigation, preservation, and publication of archaeological research in the Northern Plains (with preference given to research based in North Dakota).*

  3. The scholarship must be used to fund part or all of a specific research or education project.

  4. Award recipients must share the results of the research with the NDAA membership. Options may include 1) publishing the research as an article in the NDAA journal North Dakota Archaeology, 2) publishing a brief report in the NDAA newsletter, and/or 3) presenting the research at an Annual Meeting of the NDAA.

Application Process

To apply, submit a completed and signed application form to the NDAA, postmarked by April 10, 2021 (download or print PDF below). The NDAA will notify scholarship award recipients no later than April 17, 2021. All applicants will receive a complimentary one-year membership to the NDAA. Award recipients will receive a complimentary copy of the issue of North Dakota Archaeology and/or NDAA newsletter in which their article appears.

Please email application materials to or mail to:
Cynthia Kordecki Scholarship,

North Dakota Archaeological Association (NDAA)

P.O. Box 179

Bismarck, ND 58502


*The NDAA cannot fund archaeological fieldwork for which the applicant has not received prior permission from the landowner, or which does not involve a Principal Investigator who is eligible for a permit to do archaeological work in accordance with federal and state law.

Cynthia Kordecki Scholarship Application