Programmatic Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science offers a targeted programmatic post-doctoral fellowship awarded every three years for question-driven research in the archaeological sciences associated with an ASCSA directed or affiliated project. Priority will be given to projects that address substantive problems through the application of interdisciplinary methods in the archaeological sciences, especially those projects directed toward in human skeletal studies, archaeobotany, archaeozoology, geoarchaeology, or materials science, or a combination of these disciplinary approaches.

The next competition for this fellowship will be announced in the fall of 2023 for a three year fellowship that will begin in the 2024-2025 academic year.

About the Programmatic Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Eligibility: Project proposals are welcomed from anyone affiliated with an American School of Classical Studies at Athens archaeological project. This includes the two ASCSA directed archaeological projects at ancient Corinth and the Athenian Agora, and any of the excavation or survey projects selected by the ASCSA Excavations and Survey Committee and awarded a permit by the Ministry of Culture. Proposals may include more than one ASCSA affiliated project only if there is a clearly stated overarching research question or questions that can only be addressed by bringing together data sets from these projects. Proposals will not be considered for research on materials from multiple unrelated projects. Both current and former permit holders are eligible to apply. Projects should be developed in consultation with Wiener Laboratory Director Dr. Panagiotis Karkanas.

A specific candidate for the fellowship, must be named in the application. He or she must have received their PhD and have a demonstrable record of research and publication that is directly relevant to the proposed project. Candidates who have held a Wiener Laboratory Pre- or Post-Doctoral Fellowship must wait four years from the start date of the fellowship before applying for a Programmatic Fellowship and two years from the start date a Research Associate appointment.

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

Compensation: The stipend for the fellowship is $35,000 per year (based on a 12 month calendar year schedule). 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.

The fellow 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.

Recipients are expected to submit annual 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.

Application Instructions

Applicants for Programmatic Post-doctoral Fellowships must submit a pdf that includes all of the information outlined in Sections 1-10 below through the ASCSA application portal. Applicants for Wiener Laboratory post-doctoral fellowships must apply as Senior Associate Members. Applicants must provide all information requested on the online application for all fields marked with a * [red asterisk]. A pdf of the application for the Programmatic Post-doctoral Fellowship that includes all ten sections described below must be uploaded in the Project Description field. There is no need to upload an additional copy of the applicants’ vitae as these should be included in the Post-doctoral application.

The required components of the Programmatic Post-doctoral Fellowship are:

1. Cover sheet: naming the project, the project principal investigators, and the designated fellow; a short description of the project; and a brief summary of the designated fellow’s research interests and qualifications for the fellowship.
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.
  • Qualifications of the designated fellow to conduct the research.
  • 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 from Prior Wiener Laboratory Support. If the project PIs or the designated fellow has received Wiener Laboratory funding in the past, information on the prior award and its impact is required (one page double spaced Times Roman 12pt). Specify the following: name of the award identification; 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 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 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.

7. Curriculum Vitae of the Project PIs and the Designated Fellow. 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; other important activities (up to 250 words)

8. Letters of reference. Three (3) letters of reference for the designated fellow are required from scholars in the field commenting on the applicant’s research 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 for the Programmatic Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Contact information for your referees must be provided on the online application form that is described below. Applicants must contact their referees to instruct them to submit a reference. 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. Statement from the ASCSA Project Director. A separate statement from the ASCSA Project Director is required, that should address the following: 1) how the proposed fellowship fits into the overall research design of the project they direct, 2) what resources they are prepared to dedicate to this project, and 3) how the designated fellow was selected for the project and his/her qualifications for it. Proposals that include more than one ASCSA affiliate project must include letters from the relevant Project Directors explaining not only how the proposed research fits within their own project but how combining research from these multiple projects will help address shared questions.

10. 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

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?

Questions about the Fellowship?

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