Post-Doctoral and Senior Scholar Fellowships

The School has funding available for short-term and academic year study for recent PhD graduates, as well as established scholars.

Be aware that each fellowship may have a different deadline. 

*Please note:  The Blegen and Gennadius Libraries may be closed for 6 months starting as early as January 2019. Fellows will have access to other libraries of foreign Schools in Athens but should plan accordingly.

About Recommendations

Recommendations are due on the same date, unless otherwise noted, as the deadline for applications. Once an online application is submitted, recommenders will be sent an automated email with instructions about how to submit their letters of recommendation. Recommenders will be asked to upload their letters via the online application system, Submittable. It is also acceptable for recommenders to submit letters directly to the this email address: application@ascsa.org. It is preferable for recommenders to submit their letters following the instructions in the automated email. All recommendations are confidential and will not be shared with an applicant. 

Fellowships for recent PhD graduates

ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA (AIA) ANNA C. AND OLIVER C. COLBURN FELLOWSHIPS

DEADLINE: January 15, 2020

Eligibility: For members of the AIA at the time of application and until the end of the fellowship term. Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada, must be at the pre-doctoral stage or have recently received a PhD (within five years of the date of the application). 

Stipend of $5,500. Simultaneous application to both the AIA and the ASCSA is required. Fellowship is awarded every other year - running for 2020-2021 academic year.

For more information see: https://www.archaeological.org/grants/703

OSCAR BRONEER TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP, 2019-2020

DEADLINE: March 15, 2019

Eligibility: Individuals who have spent a year as a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome (AAR) are eligible for this Fellowship based at the ASCSA and for research based in Athens and Greece.  For the fellowship year of 2019-2020 only applicants previously at the AAR and wishing to conduct research in Greece will be accepted. Candidates must have an approved dissertation proposal or, if they already hold the Ph.D., they should be at the beginning of their teaching career and without tenure. Projects may focus on any period of study in the humanities, although preference will be given to topics dealing with classical antiquity.

Purpose: The Fellowship will be awarded this year for research in Greece. It is expected that the Fellow will use the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) as a base from which to pursue work through trips to sites, museums, or repositories of materials relevant to the Fellow's research. The aim of this Fellowship is to introduce the eastern Mediterranean world to scholars who might otherwise focus their research in the western Mediterranean.

Terms: The Fellowship is awarded to one individual per year. It may be held at any time during the 2019-2020 academic year for a minimum of three and a maximum of six months. The award is for a maximum of $30,000, and is meant to cover expenses including housing at the host institution, travel (only one round-trip excursion from home base in U.S. or Europe to Athens and travel within Greece will be funded), and living expenses. Support from the host institution includes access to research facilities, assistance with obtaining permissions, passes to state museums and monuments, letters of introduction, invitations to various scholarly and other events, and access to other activities offered by the host institution. The award amount will be determined by the applicant’s approved budget. Applicants are urged to explore supplementary sources of support.  A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the AAR and ASCSA expect that copies of all publications that result from research conducted at AAR and ASCSA be contributed to their relevant libraries.

Application: The application will consist of the candidate's curriculum vitae, a detailed research proposal (maximum of three pages single spaced), a plan for travel connected with the project, a budget for all expenses including travel, housing, food, fees, and other living expenses, and proposed dates. Applicants will need to consult with the host institution for costs associated with housing, food, and fees. The selection committee, in evaluating the candidate's proposal, will determine how reasonable and relevant the travel plan and budget appear in relation to the proposed research and the period of time requested for the Fellowship. Submit an application for Associate Membership with Fellowship online.

Online application form

M. ALISON FRANTZ FELLOWSHIP IN POST-CLASSICAL STUDIES AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY

DEADLINE: January 15, 2019

Eligibility: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.s (up to five years) from a U.S. or Canadian institution. Candidates should demonstrate their need to work in the Gennadius Library. 

Fields of Study: Late Antique through Modern Greek Studies, including but not limited to the Byzantine, Frankish, Post-Byzantine, and Ottoman periods.

Purpose: The M. Alison Frantz Fellowship, formerly known as the Gennadeion Fellowship in Post-Classical Studies, was named in honor of archaeologist, Byzantinist, and photographer M. Alison Frantz (1903–1995), a scholar of the post-classical Athenian Agora whose photographs of antiquities are widely used in books on Greek culture.

Terms: A stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the School for the full academic year from early September to June 1. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the Gennadius Library.

Application: Submit application form for the “M. Alison Frantz Fellowship in Post-Classical studies at the Gennadius Library,” curriculum vitae, description of the proposed project (up to 750 words), and three letters of reference online. Student applicants must submit transcripts.

Online application form

JACOB HIRSCH FELLOWSHIP

DEADLINE: January 15, 2019

Eligibility:  Students who hold U.S. or Israeli citizenship, and who are Ph.D. candidates writing their dissertations in archaeology or recent PhDs completing a project, such as the revision of a dissertation for publication, which requires a lengthy residence in Greece.

Field of Study:  Archaeology

Duration:  Commensurate with the School's academic year, from early September to June 1.

Terms:  Stipend of $11,500 plus room, board and waiver of School fees. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the relevant library of the School.

Application: Submit online application form for “Associate Membership with Fellowship” Application, curriculum vitae, a detailed description of the project to be pursued in Greece (250-word abstract and a statement up to three pages, single spaced), and three letters of recommendation. Student applicants are required to submit legible pdf scans of academic transcripts as part of the online application.

Online application form

Fellowships for Established Scholars and Recent PhDs

THE COTSEN TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP

DEADLINE: January 15, 2019

Eligibility:  Senior scholars and graduate students of any nationality.

Purpose: The Gennadius Library offers the Cotsen Traveling Fellowship, a short-term grant awarded each year to scholars and graduate students pursuing research topics that require the use of the Gennadeion collections. The grant was established by the Overseers of the Gennadius Library to honor Lloyd E. Cotsen, Chairman emeritus of the Overseers and benefactor of the Library.

Terms:  Stipend of $2,000. School fees are waived for a maximum of two months. Fellowship does not include costs for School trips, room, or board. Requires residency in Athens of at least one month during the academic year from September 1 to June 1. The recipient is expected to take part in the activities of the Gennadius Library and the School as a whole in addition to pursuing research. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the Gennadius Library.

Application:  Submit “Associate Membership with Fellowship” application online. The application should include a curriculum vitae, a letter (up to 750 words) describing the project and its relation to the Gennadius Library collections, proposed dates, a brief budget (not more than one page), and two letters of recommendation.

Online application form

W.D.E. COULSON & TONI M. CROSS AEGEAN EXCHANGE PROGRAM

DEADLINE: March 15, 2019

Eligibility:  Greek nationals including staff of the Ministry of Culture; doctoral candidates and faculty members of Greek institutions of higher education.

Purpose: W.D.E. Coulson and Toni M. Cross Aegean Exchange Program for Greek Ph.D. level graduate students and senior scholars in any field of the humanities and social sciences from prehistoric to modern times to conduct research in Turkey, under the auspices of the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) in Ankara and/or Istanbul during the academic year. The purpose of these fellowships is to provide an opportunity for Greek scholars to meet with their Turkish colleagues, and to pursue research interests in the museum, archive, and library collections and at the sites and monuments of Turkey. Fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, which also provides funding for Turkish graduate students and senior scholars to study in Greece, under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

The ARIT-Ankara library holds approximately 13,000 volumes focused on archaeological studies, but also includes resources for scholars working on modern Turkish studies. The library at ARIT-Istanbul includes approximately 14,000 volumes and covers the Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern Turkish periods.  Archives, libraries, sites, and museums in Turkey provide resources for research into many fields of study and geographical areas.

Duration:  From two weeks to two months.

Terms:  Stipend of $250 per week plus up to $500 for travel expenses.  Four to eight awards are available. ARIT, located in Istanbul and Ankara, will provide logistical support and other assistance as required, but projects are not limited to those two cities.  For further information on ARIT: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/. A final report to ASCSA and ARIT is due at the end of the award period, and ASCSA and ARIT expect that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of ASCSA/ARIT be contributed to the relevant library of ASCSA/ARIT.

Application:  Submit “Associate Membership with Fellowship” application online. The application should include a curriculum vitae, statement of the project to be pursued during the period of grant (up to three pages, single-spaced in length), two letters of reference from scholars in the field commenting on the value and feasibility of the project.

Online application form

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES (NEH) FELLOWSHIPS

DEADLINE: October 31, 2018

Eligibility:  Postdoctoral scholars and professionals in relevant fields including architecture and art history who are US citizens or foreign nationals who have lived in the US for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Applicants must already hold their Ph.D. or have completed all requirements, except for the actual conferral of the degree, by the application deadline.

Purpose: Since its inception in 1994, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship program at the ASCSA has demonstrated its effectiveness by supporting projects for 57 scholars with distinguished research and teaching careers in the humanities.

Terms:  Two to four fellows will be selected for awards of 4, 5, or 9 months duration. The monthly stipend per fellow is $4,200 allocated from a total pool of $75,600 per year. Applicants should indicate their preference for the length and dates of tenure of the award to coincide with the American School's academic year: 9 months, Sept. 2019-beginning of June 2020; 4 months, Sept. - Dec.; 5 months, January to the beginning of June. School fees are waived, and the award provides lunches at Loring Hall five days per week. The NEH Fellow will pay for travel costs, housing, residence permit, and other living expenses from the stipend. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the relevant library of the School. The NEH Fellow is also required to send one copy of all books and electronic copies of articles directly to the NEH.

NEH Fellows will be expected to reside primarily at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (though research may be carried out elsewhere in Greece).

Application: The following items should be included in the application submitted online:

  • Short abstract of the project (up to 300 words).

  • A statement of the project (up to five pages, single spaced), including desired number of months in Greece, a timetable, explicit goals, a selected bibliography, the importance of the work, the methodologies involved, where applicable, and the reasons it should occur at the ASCSA. 

  • Current curriculum vitae.  If not a US citizen, state US visa status /date of residence.

  • Names of three recommenders who are individuals familiar with applicant’s work and field of interest. Include a list of names, positions, and addresses of the referees.  Instructions for recommenders to submit letters will be sent through the application portal. Please make sure your recommenders have submitted their letters by November 4. These letters should comment on the feasibility of the project and the applicant's ability to carry it out successfully.

Selection Criteria:

  • Are the objectives and approaches clearly stated and coherent?
  • Will the project result in an important and original contribution?
  • Are the research perspectives and methodologies appropriate?
  • Is the projected timetable reasonable for the tenure of the fellowship?
  • What resources are necessary? Does the ASCSA provide resources that are not available at the home institution?
  • Will residence in Greece contribute substantially to the success of the project?
Online application form

VOISLAV SANEV FELLOWSHIP

DEADLINE: Rolling

This fellowship honors Voislav Sanev (1938-2007), who is remembered not only for his numerous archaeological excavations and publications but also for his willingness to help younger archaeologists in preparation of scholarly articles and for his ability to persuade diverse colleagues to co-operate for a common goal.  Eligibility is restricted to his fellow-citizens to support their research in Athens at the ASCSA. Interested persons should contact Goran Sanev at the Archaeological Museum in Skopje for additional information and details of the application process.

For further information about a fellowship or application contact:

application@ascsa.org