The Center for Hellenic Studies

Fellowships in Hellenic Studies

Deadline: October 15, 2014
Link to online application:

The Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) offers fellowships to scholars working on the ancient Greek world in all its varieties, for example, in the fields of archaeology, art history, epigraphy, history, literary criticism, philology, philosophy, pedagogical applications, reception, and interdisciplinary studies.

Fellows are appointed for a term of up to eighteen weeks in the fall (Monday, August 24, 2015 to Monday, January 4, 2016) or the spring (Monday, January 25, 2016 to Monday, May 30, 2016). (The starting and ending date of the fellowship term may differ depending on a particular fellow's circumstances and needs.)  Fellowships include a stipend, housing at the CHS, and subsidized health insurance. The stipend (maximum $17,000) is adjusted for individual circumstances, such as the amount of support from other sources. Additional support (up to $1,000) is available for professional travel and other research expenses. The CHS will also assist with the fellow's travel expenses to and from Washington. All fellows, regardless of the term of their fellowship, receive an appointment for one year, beginning in July, which provides them with full access to the resources of the Harvard library system.

As members of the scholarly community at the CHS, all fellows will document the evolution of their projects and share their work in progress. Fellows will present the outcomes of their research and welcome feedback by

1. Submitting a 5,000-word paper to the CHS Research Bulletin (ISSN 2329-0137; and

2. Presenting their work at a webcast symposium, either December 4-5, 2015 or April 29-30, 2016. The videos of their symposium presentations will appear in an issue of the CHS Research Bulletin e-journal alongside the 5,000-word paper.


Prerequisites for fellowships are a Ph.D. degree (or its equivalent) and professional competence in ancient Greek studies as documented by published work. The principal requirement of the application is a detailed, but brief research proposal (no more than 1,000 words).

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 is the goal of fostering interaction among scholars from diverse backgrounds and regions of the world. The CHS rigorously supports the principles of affirmative action and equal opportunity in the selection of fellows.

The CHS will only fund proposals that

1. Outline clearly and in detail how a fellowship and residency at the CHS can enable the proposed research and contribute to its completion and application;

2. Show scholarly promise as indicated by the merits of the project;

3. Demonstrate the capability of the researchers to achieve the proposed outcomes as reflected in their academic records, prior publications, and supporting letters; and

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

The CHS particularly encourages proposals from scholars

1. Who intend to take full advantage of the collection of printed and digital resources at the center and in the greater Washington, DC area;

2. Who seek to use and advance information technologies in the study of the ancient Greek world; and

3. Who propose collaborative projects that would involve the contributions of one or more other scholars.

With regard to collaborative projects, the CHS welcomes proposals from teams of scholars who envision working together while in residence during the same or consecutive terms. To enable collaboration among potential applicants, the CHS will accept applications for fellowships in 2015 (fall), 2016 (spring or fall), and 2017 (spring or fall). Members of a team may apply during different application cycles (for example, in fall 2014 and in fall 2015). Each member of the team should submit an individual application, with cross-references to the other members (or potential members), and describe the collaborative nature of the project in the proposal.

Application Information

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The deadline for submitting applications is October 15, 2014. Recommendation letters are due by October 22, 2014.

Applicants must fill out the online application form completely before clicking on the "Submit" button at the end of the form. The system will not save incomplete applications. For questions that require more lengthy responses (for example, "How would a fellowship at the CHS fit into your short- and long-term plans?"), applicants may want to draft them in a separate authoring environment and then have them ready to transfer into the web-based application form.

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

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

2. A curriculum vitae listing your recent publications and presentations

3. A sample of published work (no more than 50 printed pages in length)

The system will not accept files larger than 2MB.

Applicants will also provide the names and contact information for three references. The CHS will contact references for their letters only after an applicant has submitted an application. Those who write references must prepare and submit their letters in PDF format by the deadline, October 22, 2014. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that those who write their references submit their letters on time.

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

The selection committee of senior fellows will meet to consider applications at their meeting in December. Applicants will receive notification of the committee’s decision in January 2015.

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 9:00 am and 4:00 pm (eastern time), Monday through Friday.