CHS/DAI Joint Fellowships

The Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) and the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI) offer two fellowships to researchers studying ancient Greece or societies that interacted with the ancient Greeks.

The term of the fellowship will be 37 weeks. The fellows will reside in the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (BRD) from mid-September to mid-December, followed by a term in the United States (US) through mid-May. Fellows may begin their residence at the CHS in January.

The fellows will receive an appointment for the academic year (September to May) with full access to the resources of the DAI libraries in Berlin and the Harvard University library system. The stipend consists of two different parts from the DAI and the CHS: 7,500€, distributed in monthly installments during their stay in the BRD, and a stipend of $18,000, paid in a lump sum at the beginning of their term in the US. Fellows will also receive health insurance, housing, and travel to and from the DAI and CHS.

At the DAI

The fellows will live in the guesthouse or may find alternate housing. The DAI cannot arrange alternative housing for fellows, but the program coordinator will provide advice. Fellows who wish to bring their families will receive an additional allowance. Furthermore, the DAI will provide a rental allowance.

The fellows will present their research project in the lecture series.

At the CHS

The fellows will stay in the on-campus housing. Fellows will live in a studio apartment, two-bedroom apartment, or three-bedroom house, depending on their familial situations.

As members of the scholarly community at the CHS, all fellows are expected to document the evolution of their projects and share their work in progress. After the fellowship year ends on June 30, 2018, all fellows will submit a report of 1000-2000 words, including an abstract, findings, and a short, select bibliography, to the CHS Research Bulletin (ISSN 2329-0137;

Along with other CHS fellows, CHS/DAI joint fellows may be invited to return to the CHS in the following academic year to give a brief presentation about their work at the symposium on Saturday, December 8, 2018. The presenters will receive a $500 honorarium and will submit an article of no more than 5000 words for possible inclusion in Classics@.


Prerequisites for fellowships are a Ph.D. degree (or its equivalent) and professional competence as documented by published work in the study of ancient Greece or societies that interacted with the ancient Greeks. The fellowships are NOT restricted to citizens of the US and BRD but are open to scholars of any nationality.

Criteria Used in the Awarding of Fellowships

The purpose of the fellowship program is to encourage and support scholarship of the highest quality on ancient Greek civilization. It also aims to develop and support a network of scholars, placing emphasis on the collaborative and interdisciplinary nature of the field of Hellenic Studies. Of vital interest to the CHS and the DAI is the goal of fostering interaction among scholars from diverse backgrounds and regions of the world.

The CHS and the DAI will support the work of fellows who

1. Demonstrate the potential for scholarly achievement as illustrated by the merits of their projects,

2. Can document their capacity to realize significant outcomes as indicated by their academic records, prior publications, and supporting letters, and

3. Aim to achieve results that will have a broad impact both on the immediate field and on the humanities in general.

All applicants should outline clearly and in detail how they intend to make full use of their time and how the resources of the CHS and the DAI can advance their research agenda.

Proposals that address the relationship between the archaeological record and surviving documentary evidence or use and advance information technologies in the study of the ancient Greek world will receive higher priority in the evaluative process.

The CHS and the DAI also encourage proposals that call for close collaboration among two or more scholars in different fields of inquiry and proposals that call for collaboration between the two recipients of the fellowships. Candidates who propose to work as a team in the context of this program should each submit an individual application, with a cross-reference to the other candidate’s application and a description of the collaborative nature of the project in the proposal.

The CHS and the DAI welcome proposals from scholars who are at a point in their careers when access to the resources of these institutions and interactions with other fellows are critical to the successful outcome of their research agenda. The CHS and the DAI rigorously support the principles of affirmative action and equal opportunity in the selection of fellows.

Application Information

The deadline for submitting applications is Sunday, October 16, 2016 at midnight (Eastern). Recommendation letters are due by October 23, 2016.

As part of the application process, applicants will upload three documents in PDF format:

1. A detailed but brief research proposal of no more than 1,000 words.

2. A curriculum vitae listing your recent publications and presentations, and

3. A sample of published work of no more than 10,000 words.

Applicants will also provide the names and contact information for three references. The CHS will solicit letters from references only after an applicant has submitted an application.

Please note that applicants may not write reference letters for other applicants. Additionally, members of the selection committee, namely the senior fellows and the director, may not write reference letters.

Applicants will receive notification of the selection committee’s decision in February 2017.

Applicants with questions should consult the FAQ page or contact a fellowships program coordinator by e-mail or by telephone at 202-745-4400 between 9:00AM-4:00PM (EST), Monday through Friday.