MacDonald and Sampson Fellowship

Terms of the MacDonald/Sampson Fellowship

The Burton MacDonald and Rosemarie Sampson Fellowship will be awarded to assist an undergraduate or graduate student for research in the fields of Ancient Near Eastern languages and history, archaeology, Bible studies, or comparative religion. Applicants must be enrolled students and Canadian citizens or Canadian landed immigrants. Applicants must choose one of the two options available with this fellowship.

An award for six weeks during the period between May 1 of the award year and April 30 of the following year that will provide room and board at the ACOR center in Amman and a stipend of $400.

Or, an award of $2,000 to provide support on an archaeological project or research in Jordan. The fellowship must be used during the period between May 1 of the award year and April 30 of the following year. The fellowship is to assist in partial payment of essential expenses for students.

Undergraduate applicants for the Burton MacDonald and Rosemarie Sampson Fellowship may also apply for the Groot and de Vries Fellowships. Graduate student applicants may also apply for the Groot, de Vries, Harrell, and Bikai Fellowships.

Deadline for applications is February 1, 2020
Applicants will be notified by April 15, 2020

Background of the  Fellowship

Dr. Burton MacDonald at ACOR in 2010.
Dr. Burton MacDonald at ACOR in 2010.

Dr. Burton MacDonald and his wife, Dr. Rosemarie Sampson, are longtime supporters of ACOR and founded their fellowship in 2004 to encourage undergraduate and graduate student Canadian citizens and landed immigrants to take part in archaeological excavations in Jordan.

Dr. Burton MacDonald and Dr. Rosemarie Sampson in Spain in 2010.
Dr. Burton MacDonald and Dr. Rosemarie Sampson in Spain in 2010.

MacDonald is Senior Research Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and  in the Department of Anthropology at  St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Canada.

Rosemarie Sampson is a clinical psychologist.  In 2007 she retired as Dean of Professional Studies at Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax, Canada. She first traveled to Jordan in 1979-80, taught clinical psychology at the University of Jordan in 1986-87, and has returned many times over the years.

Dr. Burton MacDonald began survey archaeology projects in Jordan in 1977 with work at the Bad ad Dhra’ excavation.  He returned to Jordan to be the Annual Professor at ACOR in 1979-80 and again in 1986-87, and he was also the Dodge fellow in 1991-92.   MacDonald has carried out four major archaeological surveys:

  1. The Wadi al-Hasa Archaeological Survey (1979-1983)
  2. The Southern Ghor and Northeast ‘Arabah Archaeological Survey (1985-1986)
  3. The Tafila – Busayra Archaeological Survey (1999-2001)
  4. The Ayl to Ras an-Naqab Archaeological Survey (2005-2007).

To donate to this fellowship, please click here and write “MacDonald and Sampson” under the “Additional Details” section of the donation form. 

Click here to apply for this fellowship.