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.

About the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

Eligibility for the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship is limited to individuals who are actively enrolled in a graduate program, 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.

The individual will receive an annual stipend of  $20,000. Compensation also includes a waiver of School fees. While travel for fieldwork, conferences, and collaborative activities in other institutions is permissible, recipients are expected to spend the balance of the tenure of this fellowship in residence in at the Wiener Laboratory.

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.

The next competition for this fellowship opens in the fall of 2018 for a two-year term for the 2019-2021 academic years. Deadline for application is January 15, 2019.

Application Instructions

Applicants for a Pre-doctoral Fellowship must submit a pdf that includes all of the information outlined in Sections 1-9 below through the on-line ASCSA Associate Membership Application portal (see Section 10 for further instructions).

The required components of the Pre-doctoral Fellowship application 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

The Project Description may not exceed 4 pages (double-spaced and Times Roman 12pt).

The main body of the proposal should be a clear statement of the research to be undertaken 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 (see Section 4 below).
  • Research Description. A broad technical description of research plan: activities, methods, data, 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 two year duration of the fellowship. 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 from Prior Wiener Laboratory Support

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).

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 Wiener Laboratory 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 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 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.

7. Curriculum Vitae

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 are required from scholars in the field commenting 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 in Section 10 below. 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. Contribution and impact to Wiener Laboratory and ASCSA

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.

10. ASCSA Wiener Laboratory Fellowships Application Form

All requests for Wiener Laboratory funding must be filed through the ASCSA Wiener Laboratory Fellowships Application portal ( All successful applicants for Wiener Laboratory funding will be automatically awarded Membership at the ASCSA. Applicants for pre-doctoral fellowships and research associate applicants still enrolled in graduate programs must apply as Student Associate Members.

Applicants must provide all information requested on the ASCSA Associate Membership form for all fields marked with a *[red asterisk]. 

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?

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