Post-Doctoral Fellowship


About the Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Eligibility: The Post-Doctoral Fellowship is limited to individuals who have received their PhD within the last seven (7) years. Individuals who have received prior support as Pre-Doctoral Fellows must wait four (4) years before applying for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Former Research Associates must wait two (2) years before applying for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship.

Purpose: To conduct research at the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens that addresses substantive problems pertaining to the ancient Greek world and adjacent areas through the application of interdisciplinary methods in the archaeological sciences. Laboratory facilities are especially well equipped to support the study of human skeletal biology, archaeobiological remains (faunal and botanical), environmental studies, and geoarchaeology (particularly studies in human-landscape interactions and the study of site formation processes). Research projects utilizing other archaeological scientific approaches are also eligible for consideration, depending on the strength of the questions asked and the suitability of the plan for access to other equipment or resources available elsewhere in Greece.

Term: Three (3) years with the next term beginning early September 2020. It is expected that the applicant will maintain a physical presence at the Wiener Laboratory during each academic year (September to June 1).

Compensation: Stipend of $35,000 for 12 months. School fees are waived for fellow. Fellow pays room and board.

At the conclusion of the fellowship the successful applicant is expected to have published or have made significant progress on the publication of two to three (2-3) peer review publications on research conducted during the tenure of the fellowship. All publications resulting from research supported by this fellowship (whether written during the tenure of the fellowship or afterward) must acknowledge the support received from the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Sciences and list the laboratory as one of the affiliations of the researchers. The laboratory must also receive PDFs of all publications resulting from this support. Failure to comply with these requirements will be considered a very negative factor in the review of appeals for further support.

He or she is also expected to have made substantial contribution to the Athens based ASCSA community during the tenure of the fellowship by contributing to or organizing seminars, colloquia, and workshops, or participating in School sponsored field trips, or some combination of these and other activities that help increase awareness of the archaeological sciences within the School and in the broader community in Athens.

The recipients will be expected to submit progress reports on their work. Continued funding for the second and third year of the fellowship will be contingent upon the approval of the Wiener Laboratory.

The next competition for this fellowship will be announced in the fall of 2022 for a three year fellowship that will begin in the 2023-2024 academic year. Deadline for application is January 15, 2023.

Application Instructions

A complete application includes: 

  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 (max. 4 pages, double-spaced, Times Roman 12pt) including: objectives and expected significance, background and relation to present state of knowledge, research description, and timeframe. The main body of the proposal should be a clear statement of the research to be undertaken and must include:
    • Objectives, Significance and Background: Briefly describe the project's major goals and their impact on the state of the field and how the proposed work relates to the present state of knowledge and discuss the progress made on this research to date by the applicant.
    • Research Description. Present a brief technical description of research plan for the overall research and a detailed presentation of what is to be accomplished during the tenure of the Research Associate appointment.
    • Timeframe. A plan of how the research questions will be addressed throughout the proposed duration of the Research Associate appointment. Applicants should discuss how the tenure of this appointment will advance on-going research and include a plan of publication/dissemination of the results.
  3. Results of prior Wiener Laboratory Research.  If the applicant has received Wiener Laboratory funding in the past, information on the prior award and its impact is required (half a page double spaced Times Roman 12pt).
  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 the Wiener Laboratory. Be specific about what resources you plan to use while at the Wiener Laboratory. 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 in this application.
  7. Curriculum vitae including (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; Relative experience and other important activities (up to 250 words).
  8. Three (3) letters of reference are required from scholars in the field commenting on the value and feasibility of the project. The name, institutional affiliation and relationship of each referee to the applicant (if any) must be included in the application for the Wiener Laboratory Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Contact information for your referees must be provided on the ASCSA online application. Once the online application is submitted, the recommender will receive an automated email about how to submit their letter via the online application system. All recommendations are confidential.
  9. Expected contributions to and impact on the Wiener Laboratory and the ASCSA community
  10. All requests for Wiener Laboratory funding must be filed through the ASCSA application portal ( All successful applicants for Wiener Laboratory funding will be automatically awarded either a Senior or Student Associate Membership in the ASCSA. Applicants for WL post-doctoral must apply as Senior Associate Members. Applicants must provide all information requested on the ASCSA Wiener Laboratory Fellowships form for all fields marked with a * [red asterisk].

The award will be announced by March 30

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Review Criteria

  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?
  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?

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Questions about the Fellowship?

For information contact Dr. Panagiotis Karkanas (Director) at