- Athens, Greece
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Academic Year
- Program Description:
The Regular Member program runs the full academic year, from early September to early June. It is an integrated participatory program offering advanced graduate students, from a variety of fields, an intensive survey of the art, archaeology, history, and topography of Greece, from antiquity to the present. Regular Members are expected to be in residence in Athens throughout the nine-month academic year. Students receive comprehensive training through visits to the principal archaeological sites and museums of Greece as well as in seminars led by resident and visiting scholars. They also take part in the training program at the Corinth excavations.
Overview of the Program
Students pursuing the Regular Program will not have much free time to prepare for PhD examinations or to work extensively on a dissertation. However, the spring term allows students to spend a fair amount of time on independent research.
Fall Term (September–November)
Regular Members are required to participate in the School’s four extensive trips, which offer intensive introductions to the sites, monuments and topography of Greece. These trips run from 7 to 15 days each, and they take students by bus, boat, and foot, in all weathers, to sites and museums throughout Greece. The sequence and itineraries of the trips may vary from year to year, but normally include Central Greece, Northern Greece, Western Greece, and the Peloponnesus, with special attention to Delphi, Olympia, and Corinth. Delivery of an on-site oral report is required for each trip. In addition to the fall trips, School staff will offer courses, workshops, and seminars in their areas of expertise to Regular Members and other members of the School community. The Wiener Laboratory seminars and Whitehead Distinguished Scholar offerings will run from late November through mid-March; other offerings will be scheduled throughout the academic year.
Winter Term (November–March)
This term is devoted to the study of sites and monuments of Athens and Attica, seminars offered by School staff, and independent research. Students are required to participate in the course on the 'Topography and Monuments of Athens and Attica.' This course meets at sites and museums in Athens two mornings a week, while a third day is given over to trips at sites in Attica, including Marathon, Rhamnous, Sounion, and Eleusis. Regular Members normally attend one of the offerings by the Whitehead Distinguished Scholar or by the Wiener Laboratory. They may elect to participate in other mini-seminars, courses, and workshops offered by School staff. The winter term also may include trips to Crete, the Saronic Gulf, Corinth and other notable places.
Spring Term (mid-March–June 1)
The Spring term is for independent study, travel, and research. In the spring, two optional trips are offered. The optional trips will vary each year, but often include Ionia, central Turkey, or Southern Italy. Central to the spring term are the training sessions at the American School’s excavations in Ancient Corinth during May and June. Three-week training sessions, open to all Regular Members, are intended to introduce students to the methods and techniques of archaeological fieldwork. All students (including those whose interests are primarily philological or historical) are strongly encouraged to participate.
During the Spring Term, Regular Members are expected to participate in the excavations at Corinth and in at least one spring trip. Some students may instead opt to excavate a full season at Corinth. Others may choose to use the time to conduct a significant amount of research and writing, such as a chapter of a dissertation (to be submitted to the Mellon Professor). The spring term allows students to spend a fair amount of time on independent research. Regular Members will submit an outline of their proposed activities to the Mellon Professor for the spring by March 1st.
Up to twelve fellowships are available for the School’s Regular Members. All awards are made on the recommendation of the Committee on Admissions and Fellowships and are based on the results of the qualifying examinations and materials submitted with the application. Fellowships provide a stipend of $11,500 plus room and board at Loring Hall on the School grounds and waiver of School fees. Regular Member fellowships are awarded for the entire nine-month program.
- Setting Description:
- Students receive comprehensive training through visits to the principal archaeological sites and museums of Greece as well as in seminars led by resident and visiting scholars. They also take part in the training program at the Corinth excavations.
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Additional Program Information
- Regular Membership is open to students at colleges or universities in the U.S. or Canada who have completed a B.A. but not a PhD, and who are preparing for an advanced degree in classical or ancient Mediterranean studies, or a related field. Although preference is given to those who have completed at least one year of graduate study, well-qualified students who have received a B.A. will be considered for admission and fellowships. Applicants are expected to read French and German, in addition to ancient Greek; they will find a reading knowledge of Latin, modern Greek, and Italian helpful as well.
- Scholarships Description:
- Up to twelve fellowships are available. All awards are made on the recommendation of the Committee on Admissions and Fellowships and are based on the results of the qualifying examinations and materials submitted with the application.
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