Overview of the Program
New first year members take part in the orientation program at the opening of the School year in September. Additionally, free modern Greek lessons are offered, and it is strongly encouraged for first-year Regular Members to enroll.
Students pursuing the Regular Program will not have much free time to prepare for PhD examinations or to work extensively on a dissertation. However, the spring term allows students to spend a fair amount of time on independent research.
Regular Members are expected to be in residence at the School in Athens throughout the academic year. For security and emergency purposes, Regular Members must inform the Assistant Director if they plan to leave Athens for the weekend or for a longer trip. In addition, members must seek approval in advance from the Mellon Professor for absences.
Fall Term (September–November)
Regular Members are required to participate in the School’s four extensive trips, which offer intensive introductions to the sites, monuments and topography of Greece. These trips run from 7 to 15 days each, and they take students by bus, boat, and foot, in all weathers, to sites and museums throughout Greece. The sequence and itineraries of the trips may vary from year to year, but normally include Central Greece, Northern Greece, Western Greece, and the Peloponnesus, with special attention to Delphi, Olympia, and Corinth. Delivery of an on-site oral report is required for each trip. In addition to the fall trips, School staff will offer courses, workshops, and seminars in their areas of expertise to Regular Members and other members of the School community. The Wiener Laboratory seminars and Whitehead Distinguished Scholar offerings will run from late November through mid-March; other offerings will be scheduled throughout the academic year.
Winter Term (November–March)
This term is devoted to the study of sites and monuments of Athens and Attica, seminars offered by School staff, and independent research. Students are required to participate in the course on the 'Topography and Monuments of Athens and Attica.' This course meets at sites and museums in Athens two mornings a week, while a third day is given over to trips at sites in Attica, including Marathon, Rhamnous, Sounion, and Eleusis. Regular Members normally attend one of the offerings by the Whitehead Distinguished Scholar or by the Wiener Laboratory. They may elect to participate in other mini-seminars, courses, and workshops offered by School staff. The winter term also may include trips to Crete, the Saronic Gulf, Corinth and other notable places.
Spring Term (mid-March–June 1)
The Spring term is for independent study, travel, and research. In the spring, two optional trips are offered. The optional trips will vary each year, but often include Ionia, central Turkey, or Southern Italy. Central to the spring term are the training sessions at the American School’s excavations in Ancient Corinth during May and June. Three-week training sessions, open to all Regular Members, are intended to introduce students to the methods and techniques of archaeological fieldwork. All students (including those whose interests are primarily philological or historical) are strongly encouraged to participate.
During the Spring Term, Regular Members are expected to participate in the excavations at Corinth and in at least one spring trip. Some students may instead opt to excavate a full season at Corinth. Others may choose to use the time to conduct a significant amount of research and writing, such as a chapter of a dissertation (to be submitted to the Mellon Professor). The spring term allows students to spend a fair amount of time on independent research. Regular Members will submit an outline of their proposed activities to the Mellon Professor for the spring by March 1st.
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 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.
Fellowships include the Heinrich Schliemann and the John Williams White Fellowships in archaeology (based on performance on the archaeology examination), the Thomas Day Seymour Fellowship in history and literature (based on performance on combined scores on the history and literature examinations), 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.
ASCSA Regular Membership cannot be held in conjunction with a US Student Fulbright Grant.