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  • Locations: Lodwar, Kenya
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Lauren Winogron
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Class Standing:
Junior, Second semester Sophomore, Senior
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Direct Enroll
Non-Rutgers Students:
Program Description:

The Program
  • Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) Field School is an excellent choice for students interested in paleoanthropological research, and in gaining practical training in archaeological and paleontological survey and excavation techniques
  • Students also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with fossil prospecting, identification, and taphonomy; and learn techniques of paleoenvironmental reconstruction.
  • In addition to academics, students can benefit from opportunities to engage in internships, service learning opportunities, language learning, and independent research, with the guidance and supervision of TBI faculty and staff.
Your Host City: Lodwar (Turkana County)
The Turkana Basin preserves a wealth of ancient remains unrivaled anywhere in the world. Here you will find dinosaur fossils, 18 million-year-old leaf impressions, and diverse extinct mammals, including our human ancestors. Archaeological remains in the basin span from earliest times – 2.3 million years – to megalith sites built 4000 years ago. For over 40 years, the Leakey family—in residence for parts of this program—have pioneered human prehistory research in this immense and hauntingly beautiful region of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, considered by many to be the “cradle of humanity.”

This field school, offered during both Fall and Spring semesters, is designed for students with an interest in Africa, science, and the essence of what makes us human. The Turkana Basin region, made famous over the past five decades through the work of Richard, Meave and Louise Leakey, has produced much of the world's most important fossil evidence for human evolution. Our program addresses the place that humans occupy in the natural world and how they came to occupy that place. It offers fifteen upper-division or graduate credits in geology, ecology, vertebrate paleontology and paleoecology, human evolution, and archaeology.

Course matching has been confirmed for the following Rutgers courses:
Field Study in Archaeology (01:070:334)
Fieldwork in Paleoecology (01:070:351)
Practicum in Geoarchaeology (01:070:352)
Practicum in Vertebrate Paleontology (01:070:397)
Field Study in Paleoanthropology (01:070:398)
*There are no prerequisites for the above courses.

More information about the coursework can be found on the TBI Field School web page.

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to TBI and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 12 credits per semester. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar
Fall Semester: Early September - Late November
Spring Semester: Mid January - Mid April
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the TBI Field School web page.
*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by TBI Field School and the program dates have been confirmed. 

Accommodations and Meals
Students will live in residence hall-style accommodations at TBI's research facilities at Turkwel and Ileret, which overlook Lake Turkana and some spectacular fossil deposits. The facilities are fully equipped with laboratories, classroom spaces, and dining area. 

Financial Information
For more information on the total cost of the program go to the top of this page, locate "Budget Sheets" and click on the appropriate term.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid please visit the Finances Section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad policies.

Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.

Rutgers Global–Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer.   For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.