Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Sciences offers a two year pre-doctoral fellowship for outstanding PhD candidates. Priority is given to proposals that address substantive problems exploring original concepts through the application of interdisciplinary methods in the archaeological sciences.

The next competition for this fellowship will be announced in the fall of 2022 for a two year fellowship that will begin in the 2023-2024 academic year.

About the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

Eligibility: Individuals actively enrolled in a graduate program who have passed all qualifying exams and have an approved PhD proposal.

Former Research Associates must wait two (2) years before applying for a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.

Purpose: To conduct research at the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science of 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: Two (2) years. It is expected that the applicant will maintain a physical presence at the Wiener Laboratory during the academic year (September to June 1).

Compensation: Stipend of $20,000 for 12 months.

At the conclusion of the fellowship the successful applicant is expected to have published or have made significant progress on the publication of one (1) peer review publication 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 Science 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 year of the fellowship will be contingent upon the approval of the Wiener Laboratory.

Application Instructions

Applicants for Pre-doctoral Research Fellowships must submit a pdf that includes all of the information outlined in Sections 1-9 below through the ASCSA application portal. Applicants for Wiener Laboratory Pre-doctoral fellowship must apply as Student Associate Members. Applicants must provide all information requested on the online application for all fields marked with a * [red asterisk].

The required components of the Pre-doctoral Fellowship 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 (max. 6 pages, double-spaced, Times Roman 12pt) including a) Objectives and expected Significance, b) Background and relation to present state of knowledge, c) Research description, d) timeframe. The main body of the proposal should be a clear statement of the research questions to be addressed 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 research relates to the present state of knowledge with citations to studies upon which the work is based.
  • Research Description. A technical description of research plan: activities, methods, data (including the approximate number of samples), 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 proposed duration of the research. The expected results should be discussed, including milestones and expected dates of completion. Applicants should include a plan of publication/dissemination of the results.

3. Results of prior Wiener Laboratory Research. 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 6-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 following requested format. 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; Relevant Experience and Important Activities (up to 250 words).

8. Letters of reference. Three (3) letters of reference from scholars in the field 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. Contact information for your referees must be provided on the ASCSA online application that is described below. Once the online application is submitted, the recommenders will receive an automated email about how to submit their letter via the online application system. However, it is also acceptable for recommenders to submit letters directly to this email address: All recommendations are confidential.

9. Expected contributions to and impact on the Wiener Laboratory and the ASCSA community. Description of the candidate’s proposed contributions to the Wiener Laboratory and the academic program (1-2 pages, double spaced Times Roman, 12 pt). Candidates who can enrich the teaching mission of the School, by contributing to seminars, colloquia, field trips or in other ways, are particularly welcome. The statement should also indicate any broader impacts of the proposed activity to ASCSA by explaining how the project will integrate research and education at ASCSA.

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?

Questions about the Fellowship?

For information contact Dr. Panagiotis Karkanas (Lab Director) at