If you are interested in preserving Mongolia's cultural and natural heritage through research and public outreach, NOMAD Science assembles an annual international, interdisciplinary team to conduct fieldwork in northern Mongolia. If you want to join our team for the summer of 2019, select from the sessions below and send us an application, or contact us to find out more information. 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 program choices below. No previous experience necessary.

Applications for this program have an early decision date of February 15, 2019, and a final due date of April 30, 2019. 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. The program 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. 

Below you will see a short description for each of the four sessions that will make up NOMAD Science in 2019.

Description: The looting of archaeological sites in Mongolia has become a big problem in recent years. Following up on NOMAD Science surveys (2017-2018) of looting activity in the Darkhad Depression, and initial salvage work (the favorite assignment amongst participants in 2018), this program will seek to identify, map, and research looting activity in the region. Efforts to date have recovered a great deal of fragile material including bone, wood, metal, textiles, and more. The team will then work to salvage any remaining artifacts at looted sites gaining all of the basic archaeological skills, as well as valuable cross-training in bioarchaeology and conservation.


Dates:June 17 – July 8, 2019 (tentative - to be confirmed soon)

Fee: $2,900  USD


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


Space limited - very few spots left, though several spots reserved for Flinders University Consortium NCP applicants (click here for more details).

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 geophysics and drone modelling), artifact analysis, ethnographic interviews, and more. The team will camp at our established campsite at Soyo that includes kitchen and laboratory facilities (Mongolian gers).


Dates: July 8 - July 27, 2019

Fee:  $2,900  USD


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

*Australian students from Flinders University, Macquarie University, Southern Cross University, the University of Wollongong, and James Cook University : A significant number of scholarships of up to $3,000 AUD are available based on merit and need through our partnership with Flinders University and the generous support of the New Colombo Plan. More info on how to apply for this funding can be found here.

Session II Supplement: Wilderness First Responder Certification Option, July 10-18, 2019


Spaces available!

Description: Partnering with Aerie Backcountry Medicine, NOMAD Science is proud to offer Wilderness First Responder training during our session II program. Students may receive certification in addition to their field science training, or may take the stand alone course. As many field scientists work in very remote regions, this training is an important skill set to develop.

Led by paramedic and wilderness survival skills enthusiast, Trenton Harper.

Dates: July 10-18, 2019

MORE INFO HERE (including fee structure)



Session full! Check out one of our other great sessions, or apply again next year!

Description: Partnering with the American Center for Mongolian Studies interdisciplinary field school, this session will engage trained international and Mongolian archeologists, together with field school participants, to explore a newly discovered archeological site dating from the Neolithic to more recent periods of settlement. Participants will engage in hands-on field archaeology, while also engaging with the large number of Mongolian and international tourists visiting the world famous Lake Hovsgol region. This session’s focus on public outreach and archaeotourism is unique among present Mongolian archaeology projects.


Dates: July 29 - August 16, 2019

Fee: $2,900  USD


Session nearly full - very few spaces remain.

Description: As ice and snow patches disappear at an alarming rate due to global climate change, they may be taking priceless archaeological resources that have been preserved in the ice and snow for centuries or even millennia. This project is aimed at monitoring changes in ice and snow patches, locating any archaeological resources within them, and studying the present day ethnographic use of these places. This session is very rewarding, but is by far our most challenging option. Accessing ice patches requires days of horseback riding, and hiking up steep slopes.


Dates: August 18 - September 8, 2019 (tentative - to be confirmed soon)

Fee: $3,500 USD


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