The American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Application Details for Regular Membership

DEADLINE: January 15, 2019

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 PhD, and who are preparing for an advanced degree in classical or 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.

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. For more about School fees visit the School Fees and Expenses page.

ASCSA Regular Membership is no longer acceptable for the Fulbright Fellowship program. Candidates applying for a Fulbright grant should link to details here.

Application Process
Admission for Regular Membership is granted on the basis of transcripts, letters of recommendation, and performance on qualifying examinations. The application 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. The application is due by January 15. Detailed instructions are included on the application form. 

A Complete Application Consists of the Following:

  • Online form, with all required fields completed. Submit the application form online by January 15, 2019. Link to online form:
  • Official transcripts for undergraduate and graduate study. You may order official transcripts, scan and upload them to the appropriate field. Please upload your transcripts as one PDF file. If official electronic transcripts are offered by your Registrar, you may send them to
  • Contact information for three references. Names and contact information for three individuals who are willing to submit recommendation letters by January 20th. After you submit your online application, your recommenders will recieve an automatic email notice with instructions about how to submit their recommendation. NOTE: The ASCSA will never contact your recommenders directly. The applicant must take responsibility for asking references for submission of letters. 
  • Application fee of $50. Payment will be accepted by credit card, e-check, or bank transfer. Further instructions are provided on the online application.
  • Prepare to sit for the qualifying examinations on the first Saturday of February. After the submission deadline, you will be contacted with further details about scheduling the exam for the first Saturday in February. 

Qualifying Examinations
The exams are scheduled for the first Saturday in February. They are administered at the candidate’s home institution by a faculty member appointed by the ASCSA. Applicants to the Regular Program take two of the four following examinations, each is two hours in duration:  Ancient Greek Translation; Greek History; Greek Art and Archaeology; Greek Literature.

On the Greek Translation exam, candidates translate two of six passages. 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 to be passages students will have not read.  No dictionaries or other aids may be used, but unusual words or constructions are glossed. The other three exams have two sections each. Part I (value, 25 points) asks candidates to identify, in a sentence or two, seven of thirteen items. Part II (value, 75 points) requires candidates to write on three of nine essay topics.

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