The American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science
Senior Fellowship Application Instructions

Applicants for Senior Fellowship must submit a pdf that includes all of the information outlined in Sections 1-9 below through the on-line ASCSA Associate Membership Application portal (see Section 10 for further instructions).

The required components of the Senior Fellowship application are:

1. Cover sheet: naming the applicant, current research interests, and title and brief summary of the proposed research project. Click here for a copy of the cover sheet.

2. Project Description

The Project Description may not exceed 4 pages (double-spaced and Times Roman 12pt).

The main body of the proposal should be a clear statement of the research to be undertaken and must include:

  • Objectives and Expected Significance. Describe the main scientific challenges emphasizing new ideas addressed in your proposal. Briefly describe the project's major goals and their impact on the state of the field.
  • Background and relation to the present state of knowledge in the field. Describe how the proposed work relates to the present state of knowledge with citations to studies that the work builds upon. This section should also discuss the progress made on this research to date by the applicant.
  • Research Description. A broad technical description of research plan: activities, methods, data, and theory. It must explain what will be accomplished and how the stated goals will be achieved.
  • Timeframe. A plan of how the research questions will be addressed throughout the nine month duration of the fellowship. The expected results should be discussed, including milestones and expected dates of completion. Applicants should discuss how the tenure of this fellowship will advance on-going research and include a plan of publication/dissemination of the results.

3. Results from Prior WL Support

If the applicant has received WL funding in the past, information on the prior award and its impact is required (half a page double spaced Times Roman 12pt).

Specify the following: name of the award; date of the submission of the final report; amount and period of support; the title of the project; summary of the results of the completed work, including any contribution to the development of archaeological science; publications resulting from the WL award and whether the affiliation was stated in the authorship; brief description of available samples, reference collections and other related research products that have been produced and not described elsewhere.

4. References Cited

Reference information is required. Each reference must include the names of all authors in the same sequence in which they appear in the publication, the article title, book or journal title, volume number, page numbers and year of publication. Proposers should be especially careful to follow accepted scholarly practices in providing citations for source materials relied upon when preparing any section of the proposal. While there is no established page limitation, this section should include bibliographic citations only and should not be used to provide parenthetical information outside of the 4-page project description.

5. Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources

Describe the facilities that are required to do the research, including any specialized equipment that is not available in WL. If some experimental work will occur off-campus, explain how this will be achieved.

6. Permits

Copies of permits(s) or letters from relevant authorities to study proposed materials, and copies of permission(s) from relevant excavation or project directors to study the proposed materials must be included.

7. Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae should include (in this order): Name and contact information; Educational history; Employment history; Short (50 word) description of research interests; up to 5 publications related to current research; up to 5 additional publications; up to 10 presentations; other important activities (up to 250 words)

8. Letters of reference

Two (2) letters of reference are required from scholars in the field commenting on the value and feasibility of the project. Information on the applicant’s teaching ability and experience, congeniality and collegial attributes may be also included in the reference letters. The name, institutional affiliation and relationship of each referee to the applicant (if any) must be included in the application for the Wiener Laboratory Senior Fellowship. Contact information for your referees must be provided on the ASCSA Associate Member application that is described in Section 10 below. The referee will be prompted to send a letter of reference once this information is provided.

9. Contribution and impact to WL and ASCSA

Description of the candidate’s proposed contributions to the Wiener Laboratory and the academic program (1/2 page, double spaced Times Roman, 12 pt). Senior Fellows are required to offer one lecture to the ASCSA and broader community in Athens on a topic of their choosing. Candidates who can enrich the teaching mission of the School, by contributing to seminars, colloquia, field trips or in other ways, are particularly welcome.

10. ASCSA Associate Member Application Form

All requests for Wiener Laboratory funding must be filed through the ASCSA Associate Member application portal ( All successful applicants for WL funding will be automatically awarded either a Senior or Student Associate Membership in the ASCSA. Applicants for WL post-doctoral and senior fellowships and research associate applicants no longer enrolled in a graduate program must apply as Senior Associate Members. Applicants for pre-doctoral fellowships and research associate applicants still enrolled in graduate programs must apply as Student Associate Members.

Applicants must provide all information requested on the ASCSA Associate Membership form for all fields marked with a * [red asterisk]. A pdf of the application for Senior Fellowship that includes all nine sections described above must be uploaded in the Project Description field. There is no need to upload an additional copy of the applicant’s vitae as this should be included in the Senior Fellowship application.

The ASCSA Associate Membership application portal requests contact information for referees. Please submit this information for each referee required for a Senior Fellowship where directed on the ASCSA Associate Membership form.

11. Review Criteria

Criterion 1: What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity?

How important is the proposed activity towards advancing knowledge and understanding within its field? How well qualified to conduct the project is the applicant? (If appropriate, the quality of prior supported work will be reviewed.) To what extent does the proposed activity suggest and explore creative and original concepts? How well conceived and organized is the proposed activity? Is there sufficient access to resources?

Criterion 2: What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?

How well does the activity advance archaeological science in general? Does it lead to an interdisciplinary approach? Will the results enhance understanding issues of major archaeological importance and how broadly will they be disseminated?