Awards & Honors: Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) Fellowships

The Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) at Harvard University will soon be accepting applications for its Fellowships in Hellenic Studies for the 2018-19 academic year. Applications are due annually in October.

The CHS fellowship program encourages and supports research of the highest quality on topics related to ancient Greece. The program encourages proposals that reflect collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches. Fellowships include a stipend (maximum $18,000), housing at the CHS for 4 to 16 weeks, subsidized health insurance, and support for relocation expenses.

This award is considered Prestigious by the National Research Council (NRC).

Note: the following dates and deadlines are anticipated based on last year’s guidelines for this annual program. Please always refer to the program’s web site for the most up-to-date information.

Anticipated Deadline: October 16, 2017

Award Information

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 (August 30, 2018-December 20, 2018) or spring (January 31, 2019-May 23, 2019) 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 Greece or, more generally, Hellenism. This includes but is not limited to the study of Greek-speaking cultures and their influence on others – from those who inhabited the more immediate regions around the Mediterranean to more distant populations in Europe and Asia.
  • The fellowship program aims to develop and support a network of researchers and places an emphasis on collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches that reflect the evolving nature of Hellenic studies. The program also seeks to foster interaction among researchers at various stages in their engagement with Hellenism who represent diverse social, educational, cultural, and professional backgrounds.
  • The program provides for flexibility in terms of residency at the CHS and levels of financial support. The fellowship team will work with successful candidates to determine the exact terms of their appointments.


  • Anyone who is qualified to benefit from the resources of the CHS and contribute to the goals as outlined above may apply. Applicants must be at least 21 years old. The CHS rigorously supports the principles of affirmative action and equal opportunity in its selection of fellows.
  • The proposed research may concern any aspect of Hellenism approached through any discipline including, but not limited to, area and ethnic studies, anthropology, archaeology, art history, education, history, literary criticism, the natural and physical sciences, philology, philosophy, political science, religious studies, sociology, as well as related subfields.

Dissemination of Outcomes and Acknowledgement of Support    

Fellows are expected to document the evolution of their projects and share their work in progress. After the fellowship year ends on June 30, 2018, all fellows will submit a report of 1000-2000 words, including an abstract, findings, and a short, select bibliography, to the CHS Research Bulletin (ISSN 2329-0137;

The CHS will invite up to eight fellows to return to the CHS in the following academic year to give a brief presentation about their work at the symposium on Saturday, December 8, 2019. The presenters will receive a $500 honorarium and will submit an article of no more than 5000 words for possible inclusion in Classics@.

Fellows will acknowledge the support they receive for their research and inform the CHS of publications, public performances, and exhibitions 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 both in the fellow’s immediate field and in the humanities in general;
  3. Demonstrate the capability of the researcher(s) to achieve the proposed outcomes as reflected in documentation that accompanies the proposals:  for example, academic achievement, prior publications, record of artistic accomplishments, recommendations, 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.

Application Information

The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, October 16, 2017 at midnight (Eastern). Recommendation letters are due by October 23, 2017.

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.
  2. A curriculum vitae documenting qualifications to conduct the proposed research, for example, through recent publications and presentations.
  3. A sample of published, performed, or publicly exhibited work of no more than 10,000 words.

Applicants will also provide the names and contact information for three references. The CHS 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 director, may not write reference letters.

Applicants will receive notification of the selection committee’s decision in February 2018.

Applicants with questions should consult the FAQ page or contact a fellowships program coordinator by e-mail or by telephone at 202-745-4400 between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm (eastern time), Monday through Friday.


For questions or more information, contact the CHS at or 202-745-4400.