CSEN accepts volunteers to participate in several types of research projects. In the past,
the center has conducted archaeological excavations in southern Kazakhstan along the Tien
Shan Mountains, on the Kazakhstan and Russian border in the southern Ural steppes, and in
Moldova along the Dniester River. An ongoing research project involves the study of the
nomadic societies living in southern Kazakhstan, western Mongolia, and western China.
Occasionally a project will involve studying the collections in museums located in the
former USSR countries. The archaeological and ethnographic sessions, usually divided
into three-week periods, frequently begin in June and run through mid- to late- August.
Museum studies may run as late as mid-October. The application deadline is four to six
weeks before the beginning of the first session of a given research project. The minimum
age for volunteers is 21. No experience is required, but participants must be in good
health and able to withstand challenging field conditions, unusual foods, adverse weather
and travelling situations.
The cost varies depending upon location and available facilites and is tax deductible.
To find out about upcoming projects, contact:
Director of Research Projects
Center for the Study of Eurasian Nomads
1607 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
Tele: 510 549-3708; FAX 510 849-3137