Early Career Fellowships in Hellenic Studies in Greece and Cyprus 2021-22

The application has closed. Please check back in September 2021 for information about the next application cycle.

Application deadline: Sunday, October 25, 2020
Reference letter deadline: Friday, October 30, 2020

The Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) offers two fellowships to postdoctoral researchers based in Greece and Cyprus. The program aims to support researchers whose work requires continued access to material on site (e.g. archives, artifacts, archaeological sites), and to encourage research of the highest quality on topics related to ancient Greek civilization. The fellowships are offered by the CHS in Washington, DC, and supported administratively and logistically by the CHS in Greece.

All fellows receive appointments for one year, beginning on June 1, 2021, and will receive access to the electronic resources of the Harvard library system for the duration of their fellowship.

Contingent on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, successful candidates will have the opportunity to visit the CHS offices in Nafplio, for up to 5 days, and in Washington, DC, for up to 10 days.

The fellowship award includes a stipend of $9,000 (USD), which may be used at the discretion of the fellow to support her/his research and the execution of the project. Additionally, the CHS will cover travel expenses (airfare, accommodations) for each fellow’s visit to Nafplio and to Washington, DC. The CHS does not offer separate grants for participation in conferences, purchase of books and electronic equipment, accommodations, family related expenses, dining and entertainment expenses, etc., nor does the CHS pay per diems.


Prerequisites for fellowships are a PhD degree (or its equivalent). Applicants must have defended their degree before July 1, 2020.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Greece or Cyprus.

The CHS rigorously supports the principles of affirmative action and equal opportunity in its selection of fellows.

Applicants may not apply to other CHS related fellowship programs, such as the Fellowships in Hellenic Studies Program in Washington, DC, during the same application cycle.

Dissemination of Outcomes and Acknowledgement of Support

Fellows are expected to document the evolution of their projects and share their work in progress. All fellows will submit a profile for publication on Kleos and will submit a report of 1500-2000 words, including an abstract, findings, and select bibliography, for publication in the CHS Research Bulletin. In addition, fellows will have the opportunity to discuss their research with a senior fellow of the CHS, and to give presentations while in Nafplio and in Washington, DC.

Fellows will acknowledge the support they receive for their research from CHS and inform the CHS of publications or presentations resulting from their work as fellows.

Criteria Used in the Awarding of Fellowships

The CHS will only fund proposals that

1. Outline clearly and in detail how a fellowship through the CHS will enable the proposed research and lead to its completion;

2. Show how the outcomes of the project will promote further inquiry and engagement in the fellow’s immediate field, in classical studies, and in the humanities in general;

3. Demonstrate the capability of the researcher to achieve the proposed outcomes: for example, through academic achievement, prior publications, and letters of support.

Application Information

Apply now via the online application!

The deadline for submitting applications is Sunday, October 25, 2020 at midnight (Eastern). Recommendation letters are due by Friday, October 30, 2020.

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

1. A detailed, but brief 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, for example, through recent publications and presentations.

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

4. Proof of citizenship or permanent residence in Cyprus or Greece (e.g. scan of a government-issued ID or passport). Documents in Greek will be accepted.

Applicants will also provide the names and contact information for three references. Applicants are advised to confirm the availability of their references in advance. The CHS application system 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 CHS faculty director, may not write reference letters.

Applicants will receive notification of the selection committee’s decision in February 2021.

Applicants with questions should contact the Fellowships Program Manager at fellowships@chs.harvard.edu.