Fellowships in Hellenic Studies
The Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) offers fellowship opportunities for the 2021-22 academic year. All fellows receive appointments for one year, beginning in July 2021, and receive access to the electronic resources of the Harvard library system for the duration of their fellowship.
Fellowship awards may also include:
- financial support up to $18,000;
- housing at the CHS in Washington, DC for up to 16 weeks during the fall (September 1, 2021 - December 22, 2021) or spring (February 2, 2022 - May 25, 2022) terms;
- subsidized health insurance; and
- travel support.
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 be approached through any discipline including, but not limited to, 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 2021-22 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.
Coordinating project option
The CHS welcomes proposals from two or more researchers working on separate, but related projects. Applicants who wish to coordinate their research and their residencies at CHS should apply individually, with cross-references to the related proposal(s).
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, data processing, database development, and website development. 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 principal investigator 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.
Researchers who have achieved a terminal degree in their discipline (e.g. PhD, MFA, EdD) are eligible to apply. Applicants must have defended their degree before July 1, 2020.
The CHS rigorously supports the principles of affirmative action and equal opportunity in its selection of fellows.
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.
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 have the option to give an informal presentation while at CHS and to submit an article for peer-review and possible publication in the CHS Research Bulletin.
Fellows will acknowledge the support they receive for their research 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 and residency at the CHS will enable the proposed research and lead to its completion;
2. Show how the outcomes of the project will contribute to the body of research and 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(s) to achieve the proposed outcomes: for example, through academic achievement, prior publications, and letters of support.
The CHS particularly encourages proposals from researchers who
1. Propose collaborative, interdisciplinary projects
2. Seek to use and develop information technologies
3. Can take full advantage of all the resources that the CHS can provide, particularly its collection of printed and digital resources.
Apply now - Individual Fellowship Application
Apply now - Collaborative Fellowship Application
The deadline for submitting applications is Thursday, October 1, 2020 at midnight (Eastern). Recommendation letters are due no later than Sunday, October 11, 2020.
As part of the application process, applicants will upload three 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.
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 by e-mail at email@example.com.