Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students of Classical Philology, Ancient History, and Classical Archaeology

Bill Beck
Bill Beck
Jul 31 · 10 min read

I have compiled an annotated list of funding opportunities for graduate students of classical philology, ancient history, and classical archaeology. Sources of funding are categorized by the kind of funding offered: summer funding, prizes (and other forms of supplementary funding), funding for short-term research conducted abroad, funding for long-term research conducted abroad, and funding for dissertation research and/or completion. If I have omitted anything, please let me know in the comments.


Summer Funding

American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) Summer Session: Funding is available for graduate students to attend a summer session at the ASCSA. More information here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) Summer Seminars: Funding is available for graduate students to attend a summer seminar at the ASCSA. More information here, here, and here.

American Academy in Rome (AAR) Summer Session: Funding is available for graduate students who wish to attend the AAR Classical Summer School. More information here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

American Classical League (ACL) Scholarships: The ACL provides funding of up to $2,000 to members who wish to participate in study abroad programs, attend professional meetings, and engage in professional development.

Janice and Herbert Benario Award: The Janice and Herbert Benario Award provides up to $3,000 in funding for a summer travel program. Deadline: January.

E. Adelaide Hahn Scholarship: The E. Adelaide Hahn Scholarship provides awards of up to $5,000 for graduate students to attend the summer session of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens or the American Academy in Rome. Deadline: February.

The Classical Association of New England Endowment Scholarship: The CANE Endowment Scholarship is an award of up to approximately $5,100 for summer study normally at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens or at places other than the American Academy in Rome. Only CANE members are eligible.

William T Semple Award: The William T. Semple Award provides a full fellowship for attending the ASCSA Summer Session. Deadline: January.

Cornelia Catlin Coulter Memorial Rome Scholarship: The Cornelia Catlin Coulter Memorial Rome Scholarship is an award of approximately $6,000 for study at the Summer Session of the School of Classical Studies at the American Academy in Rome. Only CANE members are eligible. Deadline: January.

Mary A. Grant Award: The Mary A. Grant Award provides a full fellowship for attending the summer session of the American Academy in Rome. Deadline: January.

Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics at the American Numismatic Society (ANS): Stipends of up to $4,000 are available for select graduate students and junior faculty to attend the eight-week Summer Seminar at the ANS. More information here and here.

Elizabeth Bartman Museum Internship Fund: A scholarship of up to $4,750 is available to assist graduate students with expenses associated with participating in a museum internship. Deadline: April.

John R. Coleman Traveling Fellowship: A scholarship of $11,000 is available to support travel and study in Italy, the western Mediterranean, or North Africa. Deadline: November.

Harriet and Leon Pomerance Fellowship: A scholarship of $5,000 is available to support travel to the Mediterranean for the study of Aegean Bronze Age archaeology. Deadline: November.

CAMWS Excavation/Field School Award: Three scholarships in the amount of $2000.00 are awarded annually to support participation in summer excavation or field school at an archaeological site in the Greco-Roman world. Deadline: January.

Lydie T. Shufro Summer Research Fellowship: Funding of $3,000 is available for doctoral, postdoctoral, and senior scholars to conduct summer research for one month at the Albright Institute in Jerusalem.

The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) Excavation Grants: ASOR has a variety of grants and fellowships to support participation in excavations in the Eastern Mediterranean. Deadlines: January and February.

Ludwig Koenen Fellowship for Training in Papyrology: Funding in the amount of $600-$1,800 is available to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or untenured faculty who wish to pursue training in papyrology.

The Paideia Institute’s Living Greek Program: Funding for The Paideia Institute’s Living Greek Program, a two-week intensive introduction to spoken Attic Greek, can be found here and here.

The Paideia Institute’s Living Latin Program: Funding for The Paideia Institute’s Living Latin Program, a five-week intensive Latin experience in Rome, can be found here and here.

Funding for Language Study: Many scholarships are available to students who wish to attend CUNY’s Latin/Greek Institute. Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholarships provide twenty-five tuition grants of up to $3,600 to outstanding applicants with demonstrated financial need. The Floyd L. Moreland Scholarship Fund and the Christina M. Dunkle Memorial Fund also offer partial tuition scholarships for students with financial need. The Hardy Hansen Prize awards up to two stipends of $500 each to support tuition costs. Kress Foundation Fellowships provide grants of $2,000 to exceptional art history graduate students at PhD-granting colleges and universities. For students who wish to attend the Greek or Latin Summer Workshops at UC Berkeley, the Department of Classics offers up to eight tuition rebates of $3,000. The Medieval Academy of America offers financial support for graduate students participating in summer courses in medieval languages or manuscript studies.


Prizes and Supplementary Funding

The Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship: A fellowship of $20,000 is awarded to unmarried women between the ages of 25 and 35 to support the study of Greek language, literature, history, or archaeology, or the study of French language or literature. Deadline: January.

P.E.O. Scholar Awards: Funding of up to $15,000 is available to women who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States and Canada and who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited college or university.

Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia: A scholarship of $5,000 is awarded annually to a qualifying senior undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a graduate degree full-time at an accredited university or professional school. Academic excellence is the primary consideration for this scholarship.

Lambda Classical Caucus Graduate Student Paper Award: The LCC Graduate Student Paper Award rewards scholarship by pre-PhD scholars on issues related to the LCC’s mission, including, but not limited to: homosocial and homoerotic relationships and environments, ancient sexuality and gender roles, representations of the gendered body, and queer theory. Deadline: October.

John J. Winkler Memorial Prize: An annual cash prize of $1,500 is awarded to the author of the best undergraduate or graduate essay in any risky or marginal field of classical studies. Topics include (but are not limited to) those that Jack himself explored: the ancient novel, the sex/gender systems of antiquity, the social meanings of Greek drama, and ancient Mediterranean culture and society. Approaches include, but are not limited to, feminism, anthropology, narratology, semiotics, cultural studies, ethnic studies, and lesbian/gay studies. Deadline: March.

Lambda Classical Caucus Activism Award: An award in the amount of $100 is awarded annually to honor an LCC member who has worked to promote the rights and well-being of sexual minorities in ways that go beyond the usual academic missions of teaching and scholarship. Deadline: October.

CAMWS Presidential Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper: A prize in the amount of $200 plus a one-year membership to the Society for Classical Studies is awarded to the author of the best graduate student paper to be presented at the CAMWS meeting. Deadline: February.

Helen M. Woodruff Fellowship Of The AIA And The American Academy In Rome: A fellowship in the amount of $10,000 is awarded on odd years to help support a Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome, and provides for pre- or post-doctoral studies of archaeology and classical studies. Deadline: November.


Funding for Short-Term Research Abroad

Hardt Foundation Research Scholarship: The Hardt Foundation for the Study of Classical Antiquity offers 2–4 week scholarships financing room, board, and a portion of travel expenses for researchers under the age of 36. Deadlines: November and April.

Commission for Ancient History and Epigraphy of the German Archaeological Institute in Munich: The Jacobi Scholarship is awarded four times annually to international Ancient History PhD students, to fund research stays at the Commission. Deadlines: Jan 1, April 1, July 1, October 1.

Cotsen Traveling Fellowship for Research in Greece: A short-term travel-to-collections award of $2,000 is available for projects and research at the Gennadius Library in Athens. At least one month of residency required. Deadline: January.

Harry Bikakis Fellowship: A stipend of $1,875 is awarded to a Greek or North American-based graduate student whose research subject is ancient Greek law and who needs to work at ASCSA libraries; or to a Greek graduate student work on excavations conducted by or affiliated with the ASCSA. Deadline: January.

Oscar Broneer Traveling Fellowship: Individuals who have spent a year as a Fellow of the American Academy at Rome or of the American School of Classical Studies are eligible for this Fellowship on alternate years. The Fellowship may be held for between three and six months. The award is for a maximum of $30,000.

Paul Rehak Memorial Traveling Fellowship: Regular Members and Student Associate Members of the ASCSA are eligible for a stipend of up to $1,000 to finance research conducted in Greece, Magna Graecia, Asia Minor, and the Levant. Deadline: March.

Educational and Cultural Affairs Junior Research Fellowship: An award of $2,138/month is available for all doctoral students and recent PhDs to conduct research for 4.5–6 months during the academic year at the Albright Institute in Jerusalem.

Lydie T. Shufro Summer Research Fellowship: An award of $3,000 is available for doctoral, postdoctoral, and senior scholars to conduct summer research for one month at the Albright Institute in Jerusalem.

Marcia and Oded Borowski Research Fellowship: An award of $3,000 is available to doctoral students and recent PhDs to conduct research for one month during the academic year at the Albright Institute in Jerusalem.

Carol and Eric Meyers Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship: An award of $3,000 is available to doctoral students of all levels to conduct research for one month during the academic year at the Albright Institute in Jerusalem. While all topics will be considered, those involving the study of archaeology and society at the household level are encouraged.

George A. Barton Fellowship: An award of $3,000 is available to doctoral students of all levels to conduct research for one month during the academic year at the Albright Institute in Jerusalem.


Funding for Long-Term Research Abroad

American School of Classical Studies at Athens Fellowships: A number of fellowships are available to support dissertation research at the ASCSA for an academic year. Deadlines: January and February.

Anna C. & Oliver C. Colburn Fellowships: Two fellowships of $5,500 are available to AIA members who wish to undertake studies at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece for no more than a year.

M. Alison Frantz Fellowship in Post-Classical Studies at the Gennadius Library: The M. Alison Frantz Fellowship provides a stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees. PhD candidates and recent PhDs from North American institutions are eligible. Deadline: January.

Fulbright Grants for Graduate Study Abroad (IIE): Country-specific Fulbright Fellowships are available for graduate students to conduct research for an academic year.

Rome Prize Fellowship: Fellows are given room, board, and a stipend of $28,000 to carry out dissertation research or a similar project at the American Academy in Rome. More information here. Deadline: November.

DAAD Research Grants: DAAD research grants provide foreign doctoral candidates and young academics and scientists with an opportunity to carry out research and continue their education in Germany. Deadline: November.

Fulbright-Hays — Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad: This program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months. Deadline: May.

Olivia James Traveling Fellowship: An award of $25,000 is available to doctoral and postdoctoral members of the Archaeological Institute of America (who are also US citizens) to travel and study in Greece, Cyprus, the Aegean Islands, Sicily, southern Italy, Asia Minor, and Mesopotamia. Preference will be given to projects of at least a half-year’s duration. Deadline: November.

Alexander S. Onassis Foundation Scholarships for Foreigners: Funding is available for non-Greek doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Deadline: January.

CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program: Funding of up to $10,500 is available to support advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences. Scholars must carry out research for a minimum of 90 days in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Deadline: January.

Andrew W. Mellon Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship: Fellowships are available to enable graduate students to carry out research in the humanities and related social sciences in countries bordering the Mediterranean and served by American overseas research centers. Deadline: January.

Jacob Hirsch Fellowship: The Jacob Hirsch Fellowship provides funding for doctoral and postdoctoral scholars of archaeology (who are citizens of the US or Israel) to undertake research in Greece. Deadline: January.


Funding for Dissertation Research/Completion

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Complete Fellowships: 65 fellowships are available annually to support advanced graduate students in the humanities and social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. More information here. Deadline: November.

Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies: The Council for European Studies (CES) invites eligible graduate students in the humanities to apply for the Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies. Each fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend as well as assistance in securing reimbursements or waivers in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees. Deadline: January.

CLIR-Mellon Foundation Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources: Funding of up to $25,000 is available to support dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences in original sources. Deadline: December.

AAUW American Fellowships: AAUW American Fellowships support women who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research. Deadline: November.

The Josephine de Karman Fellowship: Fellowships of $22,000 are available to students currently enrolled in a university or college located within the United States. Only candidates for the PhD who will defend their dissertation in or about June are eligible for consideration. Special consideration will be given to applicants in the humanities. Deadline: January.

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF): The IDRF offers nine-twelve months of support to US-based graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Sixty-eight fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $21,000. Deadline: November.

Ford Foundation Fellowship: The Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship is intended to support the final year of writing and defense of the dissertation for individuals of communities that are underrepresented in the academy. Deadline: November.

Bill Beck is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University, Bloomington. You can find links to his writing here.

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