Subject: ACMS Mongolia Field School 2024 - 7 Days left to apply for fellowships!

Greetings from Sunny Mongolia! The weather is warming up and ACMS Summer Field School 2024 is right around the corner! We are so excited for this summer's ACMS Summer Field School programs and we wanted to remind you that the initial deadline for applications is rapidly approaching on this Saturday, March 30, 2024. If you apply before the deadline you will be considered for a fellowship of up to $2,000 to help cover the cost of tuition for the programs.

Explore Mongolia this summer! The American Center for Mongolian Studies is proud to offer three exciting Field Schools in the Mongolia Field School for summer 2024. Our Field School program is open to anyone interested in educational travel in Mongolia, including students, instructors, and life-long learners. All courses are taught by experienced researchers and faculty members from US, UK and Mongolian universities.


Participants will spend one to two weeks in the Mongolian countryside, where they will engage in fascinating topics including modern conservation biology, wildlife preservation and management, and the country's long history of nomadic animal herding, which continues to this day.


Thank you for considering applying to these fantastic programs, learn more about each program below.

Course 1: Horses and the Human Story: How Mongolian Horses Changed the World

Course dates: July 20-28, 2024

Embark on an exhilarating nine day field course led by archaeologist Dr. William Taylor of the University of Colorado - Boulder and ACMS Resident Director Dr. Isaac Hart unraveling the fascinating early tales of humanity intertwined with the extraordinary history of horses. Join us on an immersive journey through Mongolia's vibrant contemporary horse culture, and delve into the heart of ancient equestrian empires that reshaped the world. During this course you will visit ancient ritual landscapes linked with Mongolia's first horse cultures thousands of years ago, tour Genghis  Khan's capital city of Kharkhorin, and learn about the postal relay system that connected east to west long before highways or trains. This course will explore the cutting edge archaeological and historical research that is expanding our understanding of the ways that Mongolian horse cultures shaped the ancient world and continue to be present today.

Course 2: Steppe Ethnographies: Mobile Pastoralism, Cosmology and Development in Rural Mongolia

Course dates: July 29 - August 11

During this 14-day field course, you will join Oxford anthropologist Dr. Ariell Ahearn and Oxford PhD Candidate Munkh-Erdene Gantulga in their long-term field site in Bayanhongor, Mongolia. Through immersive and experiential learning, participants will gain a foundational understanding of ethnographic research methodologies, nomadic cosmologies, and environmental ethics to cultivate insights on alternative approaches to land use and conservation. With field trips to county and provincial centers, including local markets, Buddhist monasteries, and museums, participants will gain a deep introduction to the history of rural Mongolia and contemporary development policy and trends. Home stays with herders will enable participants to experience their daily routines and gain an understanding of mobile pastoralist livelihoods, including traditional dairy production, felt and leather craft, and forms of kinship. Our two second session field programs will conclude with a joint conference in Ulaanbaatar to share and illustrate learning outcomes from the course.

Course 3: Hustai National Park: Managing Biodiversity in the Home of Mongolia's Native Horses

Course dates: July 29 - August 11

Embark on an amazing two-week expedition journeying deep into the heart of Hustai National Park, a thriving ecosystem boasting remarkable biodiversity and groundbreaking conservation initiatives. This park is home to one of the few remaining herds of the world's last truly wild horses, the Przewalski's horse. The course will be led by Dr. Tsermaa Nyamdavaa who holds a PhD in Rangeland Management from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, along with several conservation officers of Hustai National Park. You will learn about and participate in the park’s intricate management strategies, and delve into innovative wildlife conservation methodologies. Through hands-on fieldwork, engage in the observation and study of Przewalski’s horses, along with other unique animal species such as Mongolian elk, gazelles, Argali sheep, marmots, and gray wolves. You will participate in crucial research like vegetation biomass assessments, refining your skills in ecological field and laboratory techniques to effectively collect and analyze data supporting conservation endeavors. You'll also learn about local scale, community-driven sustainability in traditional economic activities like cheesemaking and sea buckthorn horticulture, working together with conservationists to preserve the landscape's rich biodiversity. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in cutting edge conservation research ensuring biodiversity and sustainability in this remarkable landscape!

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