CHS Fellowships in Hellenic Studies

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The Deadline for the 2023-24 Fellowship applications will be December 1.

The CHS is currently working to update the fellowship program description. The information below is outdated. Updated information will be available soon.

The Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) offers postdoctoral fellowship opportunities for the 2022-23 academic year. All fellows receive appointments for one year, beginning in July 2022, and receive access to the electronic resources of the Harvard library system for the duration of their fellowship.

Fellowship awards may include:

  • financial support ($5,000/month or $20,000/semester in residence);
  • housing at the CHS in Washington, DC;
  • subsidized health insurance; and
  • travel support.

The CHS funds both academic year fellowships (August 31, 2022 – May 24, 2023), and semester fellowships that are 16 weeks in length, during either the Fall (August 31, 2022 – December 21, 2022) or the Spring (February 1, 2023 – May 24, 2023). Shorter length fellowships are available as well. Applicants should indicate their preference in the application.

About the Program

The purpose of the fellowship program is to encourage and support research of the highest quality on topics related to ancient Greek civilization. The proposed research may adopt approaches drawn from area and ethnic studies, anthropology, archaeology, art history, education, history, linguistics, literary criticism, the natural and physical sciences, philology, philosophy, political science, religious studies, and sociology, as well as related subfields.

The fellowship program aims to foster interaction among researchers from diverse backgrounds and regions of the world, and places an emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches that reflect the evolving nature of Hellenic studies.

The program provides for flexibility in terms of residency at the CHS and levels of financial support. The fellowship program manager will work with successful candidates to determine the exact terms of their appointments.

Applicants should note that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may impact the fellowship program. During the 2022-23 academic year, if any fellows are unable to travel to Washington, DC due to the pandemic, they will have the option to work remotely and take up the fellowship from home. Deferral requests will not be accepted.

Collaborative project option

The CHS welcomes proposals from teams of two or more researchers working on collaborative, interdisciplinary projects. Examples of projects include co-written and co-edited volumes, and digital projects such as databases and software tools. The program provides for flexibility in terms of residency. The fellowship program manager will work with successful candidates to determine the exact terms of their appointments.

Applicants pursuing this option should complete the collaborative project application (see link below). Project collaborators must upload a detailed research proposal of no more than 3,000 words. In addition, each applicant must upload 1) a curriculum vitae documenting her/his qualifications to conduct the proposed research, for example, through recent publications and presentations, and 2) a sample of published work of no more than 10,000 words. Project collaborators will also provide the contact information for three references who can evaluate the proposed collaborative project.


Prerequisites for fellowships are a PhD degree (or its equivalent). Applicants must have defended their degree before July 1, 2021.

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.

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 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; options include recording a podcast episode in dialogue with the Director or a Senior Fellowor 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

The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, October 22, 2021 at midnight (Eastern). Recommendation letters are due no later than Thursday, October 28, 2021.

As part of the application process, applicants will 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 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.

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

Applicants with questions should contact the Fellowships Program Manager by e-mail at

Application date
1 term or 1 academic year
Humanities : Anthropology & Ethnology, Archaeology, Architecture and urbanism, Arts and Art history, Classical Studies, History, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Theology and religion
Social sciences : Geography, Gender studies, Identities, gender and sexuality, Political science, Pedagogic & Education Research, Sociology
Other : Biology, Chemistry, Physics, mathematics and engineering