Early Career Fellowships in Hellenic Studies in Greece and Cyprus 2022-23

Application deadline: Monday, November 1, 2021
Reference letter deadline: Sunday, November 7, 2021

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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, 2022, 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. If international travel is not possible due to the pandemic, the trip to Washington, DC will be cancelled and there will not be the option to defer the trip to a future year.

The fellowship award includes a stipend of $12,000 (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, 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, 2021.

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

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.

CHS is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment 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. Harvard’s Equal Opportunity Statement and additional information are available online.

Dissemination of Outcomes 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; options include recording a podcast episode in dialogue with the Director or a Senior Fellow, or writing an essay or blog entry.  

The CHS asks fellows to acknowledge the support they receive for their research in publications or presentations resulting from their work at the Center.

Criteria Used in the Awarding of Fellowships

The CHS will only fund proposals that

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

2. Show how the project will contribute to research and promote further inquiry and engagement in classical studies and in the humanities in general;

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

Application Information

Apply now via the online application!

The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, November 1, 2021 at midnight (Eastern). Recommendation letters are due by Sunday, November 7, 2021.

As part of the application process, applicants will upload four 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.

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 should confirm the availability of their referees in advance. The CHS application system will solicit letters from referees only after an applicant has submitted an application.

Please note that applicants may not write reference letters for other applicants. Additionally, Τhe CHS Director and CHS affiliates may not write reference letters..

Applicants will receive notification of the selection committee’s decision in February 2022.

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