ARCE DC Chapter at the 2019 Annual Meeting
ARCE DC Chapter at the 2019 Annual Meeting
Photo: Mark Voss

With more than a dozen individual chapters across the United States, ARCE’s mission of fostering a broader knowledge and appreciation of Egypt’s cultural heritage among the general public is constantly advanced by active local communities. ARCE Chapters provide a forum for members to benefit from the abundant educational and cultural resources related to Egypt in their local area. Collectively, ARCE Chapters host over 100 lectures per year by experts in topics spanning the full timeline of Egyptian history. These lectures, as well as affiliation with a chapter, are complimentary to all ARCE members. Joining an ARCE Chapter provides members opportunities to share ideas, discoveries and questions about Egypt with one another and offers a learning environment for anyone interested in Egyptian cultural heritage.

Chapters also offer support to students of Egyptology and related fields. At the ARCE Annual Meeting, chapters host the Chapter Council Fundraiser to raise money to cover several student awards given at the meeting. In addition, some chapters have scholarship opportunities that help to cover the cost of student attendance and participation at the Annual Meeting.


To participate with your local chapter, become a member or renew your membership with ARCE today. Explore the many other ways to get involved on our Support Our Work page.


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Call for Applications:

Francis W. Niedenfuhr Award

The D.C. chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt is pleased to offer the Francis W. Niedenfuhr Award, a grant of $500 to support student attendance and participation at ARCE's annual meeting.

A mechanical engineer with an abiding interest in ancient Egypt, Niedenfuhr was president of our chapter for more than 10 years. Through this award, the chapter honors his memory by encouraging the study of Ancient Egypt and the sharing of scholarly research.


Applicants must meet all three of these criteria:

—Must be currently enrolled as a Masters or Ph.D. student

—Must be an ARCE member in good standing (current on dues at the time of application)

—Must have a paper or poster accepted for the annual ARCE conference

The grant will be awarded to one student based on financial need and merit. Priority will be given to members of the ARCE DC chapter, students who have not received the award in previous years, and students who are not receiving other funds to help them attend the conference.

To apply, please fill out this application form and email it with supporting materials to by Friday, March 6, 2020.

The selection committee will be unable to consider applications received after that date.

For more information, visit the ARCE DC website.

Call for Applications:

2020 Marie Buttery Student Grant

The Board of Directors of the American Research Center in Egypt, Northern California chapter, is offering one $1,000 grant to a qualified student. The deadline for submission is Sunday, March 15, 2020 with the grant to be awarded at our March 29 meeting in Berkeley.

To qualify for this grant, the applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate student who is enrolled at a Northern California college or university (Monterey to the Oregon border) or who has a home address in this area. They must be pursuing a degree that incorporates Egyptian anthropology, archaeology, art, history, museum studies or language, or Coptic or Arabic studies in any period. Proof of enrollment may be required.

Applicants are to submit 1) a brief summary (250-500 words) describing how they will use the grant and 2) a 1-2 page CV. The grant will be awarded by the Board based on merit. Possible uses include research, travel, or preparation of an exhibition. Proposals involving work with research materials should secure any permissions required for that work before the application is sent.

Students may apply by email (Word or PDF file) to or by mail to Barbara Wilcox, President, ARCE-Northern California, 815 Roble Ave., Apt. 7, Menlo Park, CA 94025. If possible, the winner will be expected to attend the March 29, 2020 ARCE meeting at the University of California, Berkeley to accept the grant in person.

ARCE Northern California also offers a $1,500 student grant each fall in memory of its former member Professor Eugene Cruz-Uribe. Call for applications for this grant will go out later in 2020.


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Chapters are located in a variety of cities and geographical areas. We welcome interest in starting new chapters in cities where there is no ARCE presence. Chapters are separate 501(c)3 organizations that receive support from ARCE through membership rebates and an annual grant to cover meeting and lecture expenses.

For more information about how to start a new Chapter, please contact us at 703-721-3470.



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