If you are interested in preserving Mongolia's cultural and natural heritage through research and public outreach, NOMAD Science is now assembling an international, interdisciplinary team to conduct fieldwork in northern Mongolia during the summer of 2018. While many of our participants are working towards an archaeology degree, team members come from a variety of disciplines, educational backgrounds, generations, nationalities, etc. Whether this is a requirement for your bachelors/masters/PhD program, or you are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, check out our 2018 program choices below. No previous experience necessary.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with a final due date on April 30th, 2018. Program costs are listed below for each session. For support in securing external funding, applying your GI Bill,  or utilizing your AmeriCorps education award, please contact us. Sign up for more than one session, and receive 15% off your total cost. This fee covers all costs for the duration of the project for food, transportation, permits, and equipment. This does not include international travel to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, travel insurance, or personal camping gear. If you'd like to be a part of our 2018 team, you can access the application HERE

Below you will see a short description for each of the three sessions that make up NOMAD Science in 2018.

Description: The looting of archaeological sites has become a big problem in northern Mongolia. During this session, team members will learn the methods of archaeological survey and will work with local communities to monitor, salvage, and prevent future looting in the region using a combination of traditional archaeological methods, community outreach, drone imagery, and a specialized app designed by digital archaeologist, and Nomad Science staff member, Nicholas Case in 2017. Nomad Science will collaborate with the National Museum of Mongolia and BioRegions International during this session to travel around to a variety of locations in the Darkhad Depression in northern Mongolia.  MORE INFO HERE

Dates:June 17 – July 8, 2018

Fee: $2,800  (For support in applying for external funding, please contact us.)


Description: Previous archaeological investigation at Soyo has revealed a complex, unique and important archaeological site that dates to at least 10,000 years before present. During this session, team members will continue to investigate the site through a variety of methods, including traditional archaeological excavation and survey, remote sensing (including drone mapping), artifact analysis, ethnographic interviews, and more. This session has an optional additional Wilderness First Responder Certification. The team will camp at our established campsite at Soyo that includes kitchen and laboratory facilities. MORE INFO HERE

Dates: July 9 - July 30

Fee:  $2,800   (Field Science Course Only)

         $3,000   (Field Science Course + Wilderness First Responder Certification)

         (For support in applying for external funding, please contact us.)


The goal of our research in this part of Mongolia has always been to understand the transition from a purely hunting and gathering economy to one that included the herding of domesticated animals. During this session, team members will travel to the Taiga on an exploratory mission to understand the role of the high elevation taiga during these transitions. To date, no such investigations have been conducted by our team, in part because of the logistical challenges of this work. Team members must be willing to travel by horseback and foot for extended periods of time, and camp in very remote and primitive campsites in unpredictable weather conditions. MORE INFO HERE

Dates: August 1 – 22, 2018

Fee: $3,500   (For support in applying for external funding, please contact us.)

This session is FULL. Consider applying for another session, or submit an Application to join to wait list.

In the fall of 2018, NOMAD Science will be hosting a family of traditional Mongolian ger builders in Montana to teach a course on the construction of these incredible structures using the traditional Mongolian methods, materials and tools. Participants of the class can be individuals, couples, or small groups, each of which will go home with their very own ger. Class observation and assistance (without taking home the structure) may also be available for a discounted price depending on enrollment. Shorter topics classes are also available (setting up a ger, felting for gers, and traditional ger painting).

For more information on the schedule, dates, and course options, click here.