Fellowships in Hellenic Studies 2024-25

The application is now closed. It will reopen at the end of summer 2024.

Application deadline: Sunday, October 15, 2023
Reference letter deadline: Sunday, October 22, 2023

The Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) offers residential postdoctoral fellowships in Hellenic Studies for the 2024-25 academic year.  Fellows are appointed for a term of up to eighteen weeks in the fall (September 4, 2024 to January 8, 2025) or the spring (January 22, 2025 to May 28, 2025).  Applicants should indicate their preference for fall or spring on the application form.  During this time, recipients are expected to be in residence at the CHS and to devote full time to their study projects without undertaking any other major activities.  

Fellowships include a stipend, housing at the CHS, and subsidized health insurance. The stipend (maximum $25,000) is adjusted for individual circumstances, such as the amount of support from other sources. Additional support (up to $1,500) 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.

The purpose of the residential fellowship program is to encourage and support scholarship of the highest quality on topics related to ancient Greek civilization (e.g., archaeology, art history, epigraphy, history, literary criticism, philology, philosophy, pedagogical applications, reception, and interdisciplinary studies).  The program aims to foster interaction among researchers from diverse backgrounds and regions of the world.  Accordingly, the CHS welcomes projects with a traditional basis in Classics and those that adopt collaborative or interdisciplinary approaches to the field of Hellenic studies drawn from fields across the humanities, social sciences, and/or natural sciences. 

In addition to supporting scholars working independently, the CHS also welcomes applications from individuals engaged in collaborative research projects (such as co-written or co-edited volumes, digital databases, or software tools). Each member of a collaboration should apply individually for a fellowship and describe the nature of the collaboration on the application form.


The prerequisite for a fellowship is a PhD degree in Classics or a related field. Applicants must have defended their degree before July 1, 2023.

Applicants may not apply to both the Fellowships in Hellenic Studies Program in Washington, DC and to the Early Career Fellowships in Hellenic Studies Program in Greece and Cyprus during the same application cycle.

The CHS is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for appointment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The CHS views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

Dissemination of Research and Acknowledgement of Support

Fellows are encouraged to document the evolution of their projects and share their work in progress. All fellows are asked to submit a profile for publication on the CHS website and complete a survey at the end of their appointment. Beyond that, fellows are welcome to contribute one piece of content for publication in the CHS Research Bulletin.  

The CHS asks fellows to acknowledge the support of the Center in publications or presentations resulting from their work during the fellowship.

Criteria Used in the Awarding of Fellowships

The CHS will only fund proposals that:

1. Outline clearly and in detail a research project that contributes to scholarship in Classical studies or the humanities in general; 

2. Demonstrate the capability of the researcher(s) to carry out the project: for example, through prior publications and letters of support;

3. Explain the importance of a CHS fellowship to the progress of the project.

Application Information

The deadline for submitting applications is Sunday, October 15, 2023 at midnight (Eastern). Recommendation letters are due no later than Sunday, October 22, 2023.

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

1. A detailed research proposal of no more than 1,000 words. Bibliographies and references do not count toward the word limit.

2. A curriculum vitae documenting qualifications to conduct the proposed research.

3. A sample of published or forthcoming work of no more than 10,000 words. Bibliographies and references do not count toward the word limit.

Applicants must also provide the names and contact information of three referees, who will be contacted directly by the CHS after the application is submitted. Applicants are responsible for confirming the availability of their proposed referees prior to submission. 

Notification of the selection committee’s decision will be sent to applicants in February, 2024.

Applicants with questions should contact the fellowships team by email at fellowships(at)chs.harvard.edu.