UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Program for Early Modern Southeast Asia (PEMSEA)

Archaeological Field School in the Philippines

Summer 2022

The Program for Early Modern Southeast Asia (PEMSEA) is calling for applications to the 2022 Bicol Archaeology Field School, tentatively scheduled from June 20-July 15, 2022, in Camarines Sur, Philippines. Students participating in the 4-week field school will learn how to conduct archaeological field research; share the results of their studies by writing research papers and creating and participating in public presentations; and through active involvement in public outreach activities.  The field season will be divided into blocks of activities, geared toward achieving the research goals of the project. Activities include participation in surface mapping, archaeological excavations, the initial processing of artifacts, ethnographic interviews, and laboratory analyses. Lectures, discussions, one-on-one meetings, and hands-on laboratory training will be held every evening to guide students to complete their research projects.

The field school has been awarded funding by the Henry Luce Foundation’s Luce Southeast Asia Initiative, complemented by funding from the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and UCLA International Institute.  Eight (8) undergraduate and four (4) graduate students will be selected through a competitive process. Selected students will receive funding for roundtrip airfare (LAX-MNL-LAX), field accommodation, meals, and ground travel. Students are responsible for travel expenses to and from LA prior to the trip to the Philippines and personal expenses.

This program is particularly suited to both undergraduate and graduate students interested in the archaeology of colonialism, climate and environmental change, maritime trade, and community archaeology.

This is the first field school of the Luce Foundation Program for Early Modern Southeast Asia,  PEMSEA is a partnership among the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the University of Hawai’i-Mānoa Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and the University of Washington Department of Anthropology. We particularly welcome applications from traditionally underrepresented students.

An information session will be held on Monday, November 15th, 2021, 1-2:30pm PST. Session will be held via zoom. Please register here to join the info session.

*Students have the option to take credit-bearing courses through their respective institutions (i.e. directed research). 

Mailing list and inquiry contact:

Madeleine Yakal, PEMSEA Coordinator |

 The application consists of a complete online application form submitted by January 15, 2022. We also request a statement of purpose and academic intent, a copy of unofficial transcripts, one letter of recommendation, and a sample of writing be submitted online with the application form by the deadline. Please check for a confirmation email from us once we have received your application. As a prerequisite of their application, students should complete or plan to complete a SEA-themed course at UCLA, UHM, or UW.

For more information on the Luce PEMSEA, please visit