Graduate Assistantships

The application is now closed.

Program Dates: October 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022

Application deadline: Thursday, July 15, 2021
Recommendation deadline: Sunday, July 18, 2021

Contact: internships(at)

The Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) offers assistantships to current Harvard graduate students. Successful candidates will contribute to CHS initiatives and will be invited to engage with the CHS community worldwide.

Graduate assistants will receive appointments as a Research Assistant 1. The term of the position is 8 months, with a time commitment of 8 hours/week (⅕ FTE). The salary is $8,000.

Applicants must be current graduate students enrolled in a Harvard GSAS graduate program. Graduate Assistants may be based on the Cambridge campus or remotely within the USA, and may be subject to working hours in different time zones. 

About the Program

The program aims to support the study of arts, humanities, and social sciences, and promote service-based learning for pre-doctoral researchers who plan to pursue careers both within and beyond academia, while supporting the mission, operation, and initiatives of the Center. 

Applicants must select a specific CHS project to join as part of the assistantship. 

Current opportunities are:

New Alexandria Commentary Platform

The New Alexandria Commentary Platform facilitates the creation of digital editions and translations for individual researchers or a collaborative team. Successful candidates will develop an online commentary, tying their area of specialization to one or a series of ancient primary texts. Because this platform has yet to be made public, successful candidates will be beta testers, providing essential feedback for shaping the version of the platform that will be published as open access software. In addition to providing an outlet for generating a digital publication, this assistantship provides an opportunity for successful candidates to become familiar with up-to-date methodologies in the digital humanities, including TEI XML, CTS, and CITE architecture. No prior technical knowledge is required; training will take place as part of the assistantship. A Digital Edition and Commentary Building Workflow and User Guide is available online.  

Positions available:

Supervisor: Lia Hanhardt

Philosophy and Ideas

The successful candidate will assist in the design and implementation of activities and initiatives related to topics of social and political philosophy. These include events, workshops, program development, outreach, and publications of both CHS US and CHS Greece, in Cambridge and beyond. Responsibilities include preparing promotional materials and website content, corresponding with event participants and panelists, and serving as a moderator during the online event series “Conversations on Philosophy and Ideas.”

Positions available: 1

Supervisor: Nicolas Prevelakis

Event Management and Outreach

The successful candidate will assist with event management for a range of online programs including seminar series, fellows talks, visiting artist talks, and Reading Greek Tragedy Online. The candidate will prepare promotional materials and website content, edit videos, and serve as a Zoom facilitator. The candidate will work with WordPress, Constant Contact, Zoom, iMovie, and YouTube, and have the opportunity to interact with a dynamic community of researchers and practitioners. 

Positions available: 1

Supervisor: Lanah Koelle

Instructional Design and Management

The successful candidate will have responsibilities in the following areas: (1) assist in the ongoing development, curation, and archiving of the content of the HarvardX MOOC “The Ancient Greek Hero,” in its fifteenth iteration at the time of the posting of this announcement; (2) assist at least one of the Center’s Research Fellows or Senior Fellows in using an open-source LMS to develop an online learning module based on that Fellow’s research; (3) develop an online learning module in their own research area using an open-source LMS; and (4) assist in the planning of a CHS workshop to be held in Spring or Summer 2022, tentatively titled “The Experiential in Teaching the Ancient World.”

Positions available: 1

Supervisor: Keith DeStone


Applicants must be current graduate students enrolled in a Harvard GSAS graduate program. 

Graduate Assistants may be based on the Cambridge campus or remotely within the USA, and may be subject to working hours in different time zones. 

Selection Committee

The selection committee will include representatives and managers of the CHS projects and programs, including collaborative partners, and members of the CHS senior fellows committee.

Application Information

The application is now closed.

Application Deadline: Thursday, July 15
Deadline for Recommendations: Sunday, July 18

Applicants should:

  • Fill out the online application,
  • Upload two documents in PDF format:
    • A cover letter outlining the relevance of this internship to the applicant’s plan of study and professional aspirations, and how their participation in this program will contribute to the mission and goals of the Center (500 word maximum).
    • A curriculum vitae documenting relevant qualifications
  • Provide the names and contact information for two references. 

References may be professors, employers, or advisors who are able to comment about the applicant’s academic record, capacity to carry out the responsibilities listed, and ability to work effectively and cooperatively with others. Applicants should inform their references that the CHS will contact them directly and 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.

Applicants will receive notification of the selection committee’s decision by mid-August.