How to Apply


How to Apply to the Archaeological Field School

1. Contact the Dragen Lab

Email Caley McCarthy,, with your name, student number, faculty, program and telephone number. If you’d like to apply for funding, please attach a 1 page statement of interest explaining why this program will benefit your educational/research formation and an unofficial copy of your UW transcript.

2. Apply through the Queen’s BISC Webapp

Create an account, there are step-by-step instructions on the website

3. Send a Letter of Permission

Order a Letter of Permission from UW, submit to Queen’s at

4. Submit a Course Selection Form to Queen’s University indicating ‘Castle Summer+’ as program choice

Limited funding opportunities are available to students who wish to participate in our project each June and July.  Undergraduate and Post-Graduate students at Queen’s University or at the University of Waterloo may apply to participate in our research team.

BA students whom we accept receive three university credits, and training at Herstmonceux in archaeology, conservation, and archival research.  They also receive a funding package to defer some or all of the costs associated with their training (including, potentially, tuition, airfare to/from the UK, meals, and accommodations).

MA and PhD candidates who wish to participate in our project may also apply for a funded leadership opportunity on our summer dig site.  Successful MA and PhD applicants will receive mentoring in archaeology, conservation, and archives, and will participate in some aspect of our original research with an eye toward authoring or co-authoring an article, delivering a conference paper, or making some other original contribution to scholarship.

For questions please email Caley McCarthy at