The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
ASCSA

Application for Regular Membership

Those Eligible: 
Regular Membership is open to students at colleges or universities in the U.S. or Canada who have completed a B.A. but not a Ph.D., and who are preparing for an advanced degree in classical and ancient Mediterranean studies or a related field.  Although preference is given to those who have completed at least one year of graduate study, well-qualified students who have received a B.A. will be considered for admission and fellowships.  Applicants are expected to read French and German, in addition to ancient Greek; they will find a reading knowledge of Latin, modern Greek, and Italian helpful as well. Link to bulletin.

The Program:
Requires participation in the School’s trips during the autumn, covering most of the Greek mainland.  During the winter quarter, topography sessions, museum visits, and seminars in Athens are required, with some additional trips. In the spring quarter members normally participate in the School’s excavations at Corinth and have time for independent research and some optional trips. Additional information on the Regular Program.

Fellowships: 
Up to twelve fellowships are available for the School’s Regular Members.  All awards are made on the recommendation of the Committee on Admissions and Fellowships and are based on the results of the qualifying examinations and materials submitted with the application.  Fellowships include the Heinrich Schliemann and the John Williams White Fellowships in archaeology, the Thomas Day Seymour Fellowship in history and literature, and nine Fellowships unrestricted as to field — the Virginia Grace, the Michael Jameson, the Philip Lockhart, the Lucy Shoe Meritt, the Fowler Merle-Smith, the Martin Ostwald, and the James Rignall Wheeler. The Bert Hodge Hill is unrestricted, but with a preference for a student in art history, and the Emily Townsend Vermeule is unrestricted, but with a preference for Bronze Age archaeology. Fellowships provide a stipend of $11,500 plus room and board at Loring Hall on the School grounds and waiver of School fees. Regular Member fellowships are awarded for the entire nine-month program.

ASCSA Regular Membership is no longer acceptable for the Fulbright Fellowship program. Candidates applying for a Fulbright grant must submit a Student Associate Membership application. 

Application for Regular Membership: Link to application form.
Pre-doctoral student applying for Regular Membership for full academic year.

Application Process:
Admission for Regular Membership is granted on the basis of transcripts, letters of recommendation, and performance on qualifying examinations. The application below serves as both the application for admission and for School Fellowships. Please note that ASCSA requires that all applicants for Regular Membership submit a fee of $50. The payment process will be completed through PayPal. Detailed instructions are included on the application form. We strongly encourage you to review the sample application below before filling out the online application form.

Download the sample application form (PDF).

Checklist:
• Submit the application form online by January 15, 2017. 
• Application fee of $50. You will be automatically directed to the PayPal website to make your payment when you submit the online form. Payment will be accepted by credit card, e-check, or bank transfer. Further instructions are provided on the online application.
• Order official transcripts for undergraduate and graduate study. Scan the original transcripts issued to the applicant in a legible pdf format and upload as part of the online application. If official electronic transcripts are offered by the Registrar, send to application@ascsa.org.
• Names and contact information for three individuals who would be willing to submit recommendation letters by January 20th. You may wish to send your recommenders the Recommendation Form in advance. Fill out and send to three recommenders. Link to recommendation forms will also automatically appear after submitting the application, which you should send to your recommenders. 
• Prepare to sit for the qualifying examinations on the first Saturday of February.

Please understand that the application form you will be completing CANNOT BE SAVED while you are filling it out. In other words, you cannot begin a form and return to it at a later time. We would advise you to prepare the items on the checklist before beginning the application process. The sample application form has been provided for you to review the questions and procedures involved for attaching additional application material. By preparing this ahead of time, you can complete your online application in one sitting. At the end of the application you will be prompted to print or save a copy of it for your file.

Qualifying Examinations:

NEW THIS YEAR: Applicants to the Regular Program take two of the four following examinations, each of which is two hours in duration:  Ancient Greek Translation; Greek History; Greek Art and Archaeology; Greek Literature.

The exams are scheduled for the first Saturday in February. The exams are administered at the candidate’s home institution by a faculty member appointed by the Chair of the Committee on Admissions and Fellowships. On the Greek Translation exam, candidates translate Ancient Greek. The passages are a mixture of poetry and prose from all periods. The passages do not come from any fixed reading list and, in fact, tend not to be passages students will have read.  No dictionaries or other aids may be used, but unusual words or constructions are glossed. The other three exams have two sections. Part I (value, 25 points) asks candidates to identify, in a sentence or two, seven of eleven items. Part II (value, 75 points) requires candidates to choose three of eight essay topics. 

The exams are graded anonymously by the five members of the Committee on Admissions and Fellowships, and admissions and fellowship awards are announced by March 15.  Sample exams may be obtained from the U.S. office by writing to application@ascsa.org.