Annual Meeting Award

ARCE DC Francis W. Niedenfuhr

Annual Meeting Award


The D.C. chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt is pleased to offer the Francis W. Niedenfuhr Award, a grant of $500 to support student attendance and participation at ARCE's annual meeting.

Francis Niedenfuhr was a mechanical engineering professor at the Ohio State University and was employed at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the MITRE Corporation. He had a great interest in ancient Egypt. He lived in Washington, D.C., for more than 50 years and was president of the Washington D.C. chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE DC) for more than 10 years. He also taught Egyptian hieroglyphs at Georgetown University and the Institute for Learning in Retirement. The ARCE DC chapter honors his memory by encouraging the study of Ancient Egypt and the sharing of scholarly research through the ARCE DC Francis W. Niedenfuhr Annual Meeting Award.


Eligibility Criteria:

—Masters or Ph.D. student

—ARCE chapter member in good standing (current on dues at the time of application)

—A paper or poster accepted at the annual ARCE conference

The grant will be awarded based on financial need and merit. Priority will be given to ARCE DC members, students who have not received the award in previous years, and students who are not receiving other funds to help them attend the conference.

To apply please fill out the application form and email it to

The deadline for applications for the 2018 award has passed. Check back in winter of 2019 for application information and the deadline.

Shelby Justl, a sixth-year year Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, was the recipient of the 2018 Niedenfuhr Annual Meeting Award.