Mongolia field school offers opportunities

Photo of Mongolian Nomad's Tent

School of Business faculty member Charles Krusekopf (also known as "that Mongolia guy") is pleased to invite all members of the Royal Roads community to join in the first annual interdisciplinary Mongolia Field School hosted by the American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS), an organization Krusekopf founded in Mongolia 15 years ago. The field school will be held from July 29 to August 16, 2019 in Ulaanbaatar and field sites near Lake Hovsgol in northern Mongolia. It is open to all participants, including undergraduate and graduate students, teachers at all levels and lifelong learners interested in academic studies and research that explore Mongolia's unique history, culture and contemporary issues.

The Mongolia Field School highlights three potential concentration topics, including public archeology, migration studies and renewable energy, and all participants will have the opportunity to learn field research techniques and conduct self-selected research projects. Previous experience in Mongolia or with field studies is not required. The priority deadline for applications is February 15, 2019, and the final program application deadline is April 30, 2019. Several members of the Royal Roads community including a group of students in the Bachelor of Business Administration program and Royal Roads alumni have expressed an interest in joining the program. Royal Roads has a long engagement with Mongolia, with previous students participating in internships and research projects through partnerships between RRU and ACMS and Rio Tinto in Mongolia.

The Mongolia Field School will begin and end in Ulaanbaatar with an orientation course, Modern Mongolia: History, Culture and Society in a Changing World, that will include lectures by Mongolian and international experts and visits to local museums and sites of interest. All field school participants will be able to experience the best of Mongolian culture, including a visit to Hustai National Park to see the famous Takhi (Przewalski) native horses, horse riding and staying in traditional nomadic tents (gers).

After the orientation, participants will join faculty led teams focusing on one of three concentration areas, which will take place in both the capital city and rural regions of Mongolia, utilizing the main field camp at Hatgal, near Lake Hovsgol.

  • Northern Mongolia Salvage Archaeology and Public Engagement led by Dr. Julia Clark of NOMAD Science.
  • Migrants, Migration and Contemporary Livelihoods in Mongolia led by Dr. Holly Barcus of Macalester College.
  • Mongolia’s Energy Transition led by Dr. Darrin Magee of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Dr. Charles Krusekopf of Royal Roads University.

The program is being developed and supported through a US $450,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. Tuition for the program is US $2,900 for all participants, which will cover all program costs in Mongolia, including meals, housing, transportation, instruction and site visits. A significant number of scholarships of up to $3,500 are available based on merit and need through the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation.

Learn more about the program, fellowship awards and application process.

Please address program questions to Charles Krusekopf

Please pass this information on to any students or community members who may be interested in the program.