Regular Membership is open to citizens of the United States or Canada who are graduate students at a college or university in those countries, or to non-citizens enrolled in a graduate program at a cooperating institution. The US or Canadian citizen must be enrolled at a US or Canadian institution at the time of application. Preferably applicants will have completed one or more years of graduate study before entering the School, but well qualified undergraduate seniors who shall hold a baccalaureate degree at the time of entry shall be considered for admission and for the fellowship competition. Applicants are expected to have a reading knowledge of French and German. Reading ability in Ancient Greek, some familiarity with modern Greek, as well as other relevant foreign languages, will be helpful.
For in-depth details on eligibility, please see the School's Regulations (Section VI.1-3).
Important factors in the Admissions and Fellowship Committee’s holistic ranking of applicants include: 1) the breath and quality of training, as based on transcripts, ancient authors read, and field experience, 2) statement of purpose, 3) the strength of letters of recommendations, and 4) performance on the two qualifying examinations. The application serves as both the application for admission and for School Fellowships. The application is due by January 15. Detailed instructions are included on the application form.
Link to online application form: https://ascsa.submittable.com/submit/115614/ascsa-regular-membership-application
A complete application consists of the following:
- Online form, with all required fields completed. The form includes a "statement of purpose" (see below for more details). Submit the application form online by January 15, 2021. Click to access online application form.
- Official transcripts for undergraduate and graduate study. You may order official transcripts, scan and upload them to the appropriate field. If official electronic transcripts are offered by your Registrar, you may send them to email@example.com.
- Applicants should supply contact information from three individuals who are willing to submit recommendation letters by January 20th. One of these letters should be from the student's advisor, thesis director, Departmental Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, or Gradate Chair, and should explicitly confirm that the student is in good standing. (In the case of an undergraduate applicant, a letter from the student's major advisor will suffice.) After the online application is submitted, recommenders will receive 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.
- 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.
Guidance for Preparing the Statement of Purpose
Your statement of purpose should provide compelling arguments that a year at the ASCSA is a significant piece in your professional development. There are numerous reasons why this might be so, including an immersive exposure to the sites and museums of Greece. It is important to note that your statement of purpose need not identify a specific project.
Guidance regarding the ASCSA Regular Member Exams
Please be aware that the exam will be changing format for the February 2022 exam. Updated information is below.
The examinations are an important component in the Admissions Committee’s decisions regarding membership and the allocation of fellowships. Candidates should approach these examinations as they would other qualifying or field examinations at the graduate level.
For 2022, there are two examinations, each two hours in length: 1) a required Greek History examination, with topics ranging from Prehistoric to Post-Classical Greece, and 2) either a Greek Art and Archaeology examination, with topics ranging from prehistory to Post-Classical Greece and covering all major fields; or a Greek Literature examination, with topics ranging from Homer and Hesiod to the Second Sophistic, including poetry and prose. Both examinations will consist of an Identification section (ID section), followed by an essay section. On each exam, IDs are 25% of the grade (approximately 30 minutes, or 6 minutes per ID) and essays are 75% of the grade (approximately 30 minutes per essay).
In the Identification section, candidates are to choose five from a list of fifteen terms and technical expressions that are central to the discipline. Examiners are looking for brief but detailed identifications that make clear the historical context and the significance of the term being identified. Incorrect, vague or inadequate answers will affect one’s grade.
The second section, worth 75%, consists of three essays chosen from, at least, nine prompts. Candidates are advised to demonstrate the breath and depth of their knowledge by responding to a wide range of questions. Examiners look for evidence of the candidate’s ability to synthesize scholarly debate on key issues and the candidate’s ability to express a clear, coherent argument based on detailed engagement with ancient sources and modern scholarship pertinent to the topic. Answers should combine a discussion of appropriate, specific case studies with a broader analysis positioning the question within current critical paradigms. Candidates should reserve 90 minutes for this section, or approximately 30 minutes for each essay.
Ancient Greek and the examinations. All examinations will offer candidates the opportunity to display their knowledge of ancient Greek. Some, but not all, essay options on the History, Art and Archaeology, and Literature examinations will include passages of Ancient Greek. These options will be weighed the same value as essay questions without Greek passages. Responses to these questions need not translate the passage but should use the passage, selected words or phrases from the text, and related scholarship to address the essay question.
Sample Exams in previous formats can be downloaded here:
2001 Sample Exam
2002 Sample Exam
2003 Sample Exam
2004 Sample Exam
2005 Sample Exam
2006 Sample Exam
2007 Sample Exam
2008 Sample Exam
2009 Sample Exam
2014 Sample Exam
2015 Sample Exam
2016 Sample Exam
2017 Sample Exam
2018 Sample Exam
2019 Sample Exam
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national or ethnic origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment.