Final Deadline April 30, 2020
Priority Deadline March 1, 2020
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Program Details and Courses

The 2020 ACMS interdisciplinary Mongolia Field School includes 7 course offerings in two full term sessions and one pre-session. The Field School is open to all participants, including undergraduate and graduate students, professionals, teachers and life-long learners interested in exploring aspects of Mongolia’s unique culture and geography. All participants will have the opportunity to learn field research techniques, conduct self-selected research projects, travel within Mongolia to urban and countryside areas, and gain a unique insight into the landscapes and people of Mongolia. The courses offer an educational travel experience blending academic insights and discussions with travel experiences that allow participants to interact with local people and locations off the usual tourist track. Previous experience in Mongolia or with field research is not required. Students who are seeking academic credit for the program courses can work with program organizers and their home institution to ensure the courses taken meet credit requirements.

Pre-Course, June 8-12, 2020 (5 days):

Session 1, June 15-July 3, 2020 (19 days):

  • Word and Sound in Mongolian Culture | Course outline
  • Climate Change and Herding in Three Mongolian Eco-zones: Incontrovertible Warning Signs and Local Responses | Course outline

Session 2, July 27-August 14, 2020 (19 days):

  • Climate Change and Public Health: Heat, Fire, Flood and Drought on the Steppe | Course outline
  • Mongolian Buddhism, Nature, and Conservation |  Course outline
  • Gobi Futures: Navigating and Anticipating Change in a Transforming Desert | Course outline
  • Environment, Humans, and Mining in Northern Mongolia | Course outline

All Field School courses begin in Ulaanbaatar with an orientation to Mongolian culture, history, language and contemporary issues. Participants will meet with their instructors and classmates from Mongolia and around the world, and begin their learning journey. Class groups will then travel to selected sites across Mongolia where they will pursue field research, gaining an understanding of the topics studied in the context of the landscapes and people in the regions visited. All participants will have the opportunity to see important sites in Mongolia and participate in tourist activities, while also gaining the unique insights offered by their course leaders and the local people and officials encountered during the field studies.

Program tuition for full-term courses covers the costs of the academic program, travel arrangements for course related travel within Mongolia, accommodations for all nights during the Field School, and most meals. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Ulaanbaatar, and should budget for incidental expenses during their stay in Mongolia. A significant number of scholarships of up to $2,500 are available, with awards based on merit, diversity and need. Please see the information on fellowship awards in the application for admission for more details. All applicants who apply by the March 1, 2020 deadline are given priority consideration for fellowship awards. Fellowships are available due to the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation and other donors.

The priority deadline for all participants is March 1, 2020, and the final program application deadline is April 30, 2020. Applications received by March 1 will have priority consideration for fellowship awards and placement in the field school concentration area of their choice. For more detailed information on the application process and terms and conditions of the program, please click on the application link and review, or download resource documents, including the  Program Terms and Conditions, Application Information, and Letter of Reference Information.

Applicants will comply with our Dismissal Policy, Substance Policy,  and Sexual Harassment Policy.

Tuition fees

Visual Storytelling in Mongolia

Full tuition fee: $1,000 USD

Visual Storytelling in Mongolia

Full tuition fee: 500.000 MNT

Words and Sounds in Mongolian Culture
Full tuition fee: $2,900 USD

Climate Change and Herding in Three Mongolian Eco-zones: Incontrovertible Warning Signs and Local Responses
Full tuition fee: $2,900 USD

Climate Change and Public Health: Heat, Fire, Flood and Drought on the Steppe
Full tuition fee: $2,900 USD

Mongolian Buddhism, Nature, and Conservation
Full tuition fee: $2,900 USD

Gobi Futures: Navigating and Anticipating Change in a Transforming Desert
Full tuition fee: $2,900 USD

Environment, Humans, and Mining in Northern Mongolia
Full tuition fee: $2,900 USD

Words and Sounds in Mongolian Culture
Full tuition fee: 1,000,000 MNT

Climate Change and Herding in Three Mongolian Eco-zones: Incontrovertible Warning Signs and Local Responses
Full tuition fee: 1,000,000 MNT

Climate Change and Public Health: Heat, Fire, Flood and Drought on the Steppe
Full tuition fee: 1,000,000 MNT

Mongolian Buddhism, Nature, and Conservation
Full tuition fee: 1,000,000 MNT

Gobi Futures: Navigating and Anticipating Change in a Transforming Desert
Full tuition fee: 1,000,000 MNT

Environment, Humans, and Mining in Northern Mongolia
Full tuition fee: 1,000,000 MNT

Significant number of scholarships are available.