The Biblical Archaeology Society, publisher of BAR, offers dig scholarships of $2,000 each to selected applicants who wish to participate in a dig and demonstrate sufficient need. To apply, fill in the online form at In addition, applicants must submit a résumé and letter of recommendation. Applications must be received by March 10, 2023.

A few of our 2022 BAS Dig Scholarship winners share what made their dig experiences so special. See more stories in the new eBook, A Digger’s Life: A Guide to the Archaeology Dig Experience, at

“The dig at El-Araj was full of hard work, good camaraderie, and the joy of finding things that had been lost for centuries. But it also gave me a new way to envision history, an experiential perspective that will deepen and enrich what I’m able to pass on to my parishioners. It’s one thing to talk in the abstract about life in the ancient world; it’s quite another to hold pieces of that world in your hands.”

—Matthew Burden

“My dig experience at Hippos-Sussita provided me with so much insight into the discipline of archaeology. I gained a much deeper appreciation for material culture and the incredible amount of work that goes into uncovering and preserving archaeological remains.”

—Kaitlyn Hawn

“My time at Azekah was a life-changing and career-defining experience. I was able to meet people from all over the world, forge new personal and professional relationships, and honestly, gain arm muscles I thought I’d never have.”

—Caitlin Hubler