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Fellowships for archaeological fieldwork in UAE

The School of Humanities at the University of New England (UNE), Australia, has recently signed an agreement to lead a 3-year programme of collaborative fieldwork and post-excavation research at the prehistoric site of Saruq al-Hadid, U.A.E. This multi-period site located in the desert region of Dubai, is characterised by abundant material remains, including many thousands of copper, gold and iron alloy artefacts and primary smelting slags, dating principally to the Iron Age.

UNE is recruiting to two Post-Doctoral/Junior Research fellowships and offering two International PhD Studentships to underpin the Saruq al-Hadid Archaeological Research Project (SHARP).

Full details of the Post-Doctoral/Junior Research Fellowships are advertised at:http://www.une.edu.au/jobs-at-une/current-vacancies (CLOSING DATE NOVEMBER 12TH)
Full details of the PhD studentships are advertised at: http://www.une.edu.au/research/research-services/higher-degree-research/hdr-scholarships/saruq-al-hadid-phd-studentships (CLOSING DATENOVEMBER 20TH)

Brief details of the positions are as follows:

1) Post-Doctoral or Junior Research Fellow – SHARP FIELD DIRECTOR
The successful candidate will direct fieldwork at Saruq al-Hadid and contribute to the analysis and collaborative publication of the project results. Applicants should have broad experience of undertaking and supervising archaeological fieldwork in Arabia and/or the Near East, preferably at the level of Field Director, and an Honours level degree or higher in Archaeology. Experience in the excavation of ephemeral sites and/or sites with a metallurgical component will be an advantage.

2) Post-Doctoral Research Fellow – SHARP ANALYTICAL DIRECTOR
The Analytical Director will work as a part of the SHARP team, playing a key role in undertaking and coordinating the multi-stranded archaeometallurgical programme focusing on the analysis of copper, gold and iron alloys and smelting slags. Applicants should have a PhD in archaeometallurgy, preferably with a focus on Arabia and/or the ancient Near East, and expertise in the compositional, microstructural, and/or isotopic analysis of a range of metallurgical artefacts and residues.

These are fixed term fellowships available for 3 years from the date of appointment. Successful applicants will be based at UNE’s Armidale campus as part of the Archaeological Materials Science Hub, as well as spending several months each year working in the field in Dubai.

3) International PhD Studentships (x2)
These fully funded (fees and stipend) 3-year PhD studentships are available to international or Australian domestic students and will be based at UNE’s Armidale campus. PhD researchers will support the overall SHARP research priorities by investigating particular material components of the site’s archaeological assemblages. Students should have Honours or Masters level qualifications with an archaeological materials science component, ideally in archaeometallurgy, and will undertake a substantial research project under the direction of the SHARP leadership team. Previous research experience in Arabia and/or the ancient Near East will be an advantage.

American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) fellowships

ARISC Junior Research Fellowship

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) announces the availability of US graduate student, postdoctoral and junior scholar fellowships in support of research and mentoring activities in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia).

The goals of the fellowship are 1) to support research in and the study of the South Caucasus; 2) to select, recognize and financially support individuals early in their careers who demonstrate high potential to contribute to research in this region; 3) to support a mentoring relationship that will both develop the academic skills of the mentee and strengthen ties between the US and host country.  Projects in all fields in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences are eligible, but all projects must include one or more undergraduate and/or graduate students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia as research assistants/participants.  Research awards will be made for a maximum of
$5000 each to help cover travel, living, and research expenses in the South Caucasus; an additional $500 may be made available for fellows to offset necessary expenses related to incorporating an undergraduate or graduate student in the host country in their research program.  For ARISC grant purposes, mentoring is understood to involve integrating a local scholar into a research project in a fundamental way that involves cultivating skills and knowledge of methods that will contribute to the professional development of the local scholar. Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential of the research to strengthen scholarship on the South Caucasus.

 Application requirements: Please send a complete application including the application form, a project statement of not more than 1500 words, work schedule, budget, and curriculum vitae, by Tuesday, December 23, 2014, to info “at” arisc.org. Three letters of recommendation must also be submitted.  Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from your referee via email to info “at” arisc.org.  All information must be received by Tuesday, December 23, 2014, in order for the applicant to be considered for the fellowship.

  ARISC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran.

For the application form and the full call, please visit
<http://arisc.org/?page_id=70>.

Research fellowships in Berlin

Call for applications: Visiting Research Fellowships (1 to 3 months)

The Research Center of Ancient Studies (RCAS) of the Berliner Antike-Kolleg (BAK) is accepting applications for three Visiting Research Fellowships (1 to 3 months) in 2015. The BAK is an institution of the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW), the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK). It is a center for the promotion of ancient and classical studies and involves a wide spectrum of disciplines ranging from archeology and historiography to philology and philosophy, while also integrating the geosciences and other natural sciences. The BAK is closely connected to the Excellence Cluster “Topoi – The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations” with its more than 180 researchers. With the RCAS, the BAK provides a basis for international academic exchange in Berlin. For further information
on the BAK, Topoi and the RCAS, please visit our websites:http://www.berliner-antike-kolleg.org and www.topoi.org.

Fellowship applicants should have a doctoral degree and have achieved scholarly distinction in any of the fields relevant to the BAK. They should present projects which refer specifically to the institutional and personal resources concentrated in the BAK. Projects should take an interdisciplinary and innovative approach. Applicants should demonstrate that their projects are laid out for the time of the fellowship and that they will be able to show some (preliminary) results from their research done during their time at the
BAK.

The Visiting Fellows are expected to actively contribute to the structure and development of the BAK.

International applications are particularly welcome.

The Visiting Fellows will receive a monthly net salary of approx. 3,500 Euro. In addition, Visiting Fellows can apply for extra funding for research expenses or for the organization of conferences.

SEAN W. DEVER MEMORIAL PRIZE – 2015

FOURTEENTH ANNUAL SEAN W. DEVER MEMORIAL PRIZE – 2015

The William F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem announces the 2015 Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize call for papers.  This prize provides $650 for the best published article or paper presented at a conference by a Ph.D. candidate in Syro-Palestinian or biblical archaeology.  Authors may be of any nationality but the article or paper must be in English.  Co-written or co-presented pieces may be submitted if all the authors or presenters are doctoral candidates; the prize, if awarded, will be divided equally among authors/presenters.

All submissions (in PDF format only) must include the author’s academic affiliation, mailing address, email address, and phone number.  Please indicate the department in which the author is enrolled and the expected date of graduation.  Submission of conference papers must include the name and location of the conference and the date on which the paper was presented.  Submission of published papers must include the full bibliographic citation.  All submissions must be received no later than December 31, 2014.  The prize will be announced on Sean’s birthday, March 9, 2015.

Email PDF of paper to:
Mr. Sam Cardillo, W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Researchcardillo@sas.upenn.edu

Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize Committee: Carol Meyers and Beth Alpert Nakhai, co-chairs; Walter Aufrecht and Peter Machinist, members; Sharon Herbert and Matthew Adams, ex-officio members; Norma Dever, honorary member.

2014 Prize Recipient: Josephine A. Verduci (Department of Classics and Archaeology in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne). Her paper, “A Feather in Your Cap: Symbols of Philistine Warrior Status,” was presented in November 2013 at the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research in Baltimore.

THE SEAN W. DEVER MEMORIAL PRIZE WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2001 BY MRS. NORMA DEVER AND PROFESSOR WILLIAM G. DEVER, IN MEMORY OF THEIR SON SEAN.

ACOR fellowships in Jordan and CAORC in Mediterranean

From Donald R. Keller [mailto:acor@bu.edu]:
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THE AMERICAN CENTER OF ORIENTAL RESEARCH (AMMAN)

ANNOUNCEMENT OF FELLOWSHIPS
2015-2016

Deadline for all applications is February 1, 2015

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship: One to two awards of four to six months for scholars who have a Ph.D. or have completed their professional training. Fields of research include: modern and classical languages, linguistics, literature, history, jurisprudence, philosophy, archaeology, comparative religion, ethics, and the history, criticism, and theory of the arts. Social and political scientists are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals living in the U.S. three years immediately preceding the application deadline. The award for six months is $25,200. Awards must be used between August 15, 2015 and December 31, 2016.

ACOR-CAORC Post-Graduate Fellowship: Two or more two- to six-month fellowships for post-doctoral scholars and scholars with a terminal degree in their field, pursuing research or publication projects in the natural and social sciences, humanities, and associated disciplines relating to the Near East. U.S. citizenship required. Maximum award is $31,800. Awards must be used between August 15, 2015 and December 31, 2016. Funding for this fellowship provided by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

ACOR-CAORC Fellowship: Two or more two- to six-month fellowships for masters and doctoral students. Fields of study include all areas of the humanities and the natural and social sciences. Topics should contribute to scholarship in Near Eastern studies. U.S. citizenship required. Maximum award is $23,800. Awards must be used between August 15, 2015 and December 31, 2016. Funding for this fellowship provided by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Jennifer C. Groot Memorial Fellowship: Three awards of $1,500 each to support beginners in archaeological fieldwork who have been accepted as team members on archaeological projects with ASOR/CAP affiliation in Jordan. Open to undergraduate or graduate students of U.S. or Canadian citizenship.

Bert and Sally de Vries Fellowship: One award of $1,200 to support a student for participation on an archaeological project or research in Jordan. Senior project staff members whose expenses are being borne largely by the project are ineligible. Open to enrolled undergraduate or graduate students of any nationality except Jordanian citizens.

Harrell Family Fellowship: One award of $1,800 to support a graduate student for participation on an archaeological project or research in Jordan. Senior project staff members whose expenses are being borne largely by the project are ineligible. Open to enrolled graduate students of any nationality except Jordanian citizens.

Pierre and Patricia Bikai Fellowship: Two awards for one month each or one two-month award for residency at ACOR in Amman. It is open to enrolled graduate students of any nationality, except Jordanian citizens, participating in an archaeological project or conducting archaeological work in Jordan. The fellowship includes room and board at ACOR and a monthly stipend of $600. 

Burton MacDonald and Rosemarie Sampson Fellowship: One award for either six weeks residency at ACOR for research in the fields of Ancient Near Eastern languages and history, archaeology, Bible studies, or comparative religion, or a travel grant to assist with participation in an archaeological field project in Jordan. The ACOR residency fellowship option includes room and board at ACOR and a stipend of $600. The travel grant option provides a single payment of $1,800 to help with any project related expenses. Both options are open to enrolled undergraduate or graduate students of Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status.

Kenneth W. Russell Fellowship: One award of $1,800 to support a graduate student for participation in an ACOR-approved archaeological research project, which has passed an academic review process. Senior project staff members whose expenses are being borne largely by the project are ineligible. For this cycle the competition is closed to Jordanian students, but open to enrolled graduate students of all other nationalities.

James A. Sauer Memorial Fellowship: One award of $1,000 to a Jordanian graduate student, in Jordan or elsewhere, to advance his or her academic career in the field of archaeology, anthropology, conservation, or related areas. The award might be used for participation on an archaeological project, for research expenses, academic tuition, or travel to scholarly conferences. For the 2015-2016 funding cycle this competition is open only to Jordanian citizens.

Frederick-Wenger Jordanian Educational Fellowship: One award of $1,500 to assist a Jordanian student with the cost of their education. Eligibility is not limited to a specific field of study, but preference will be given to study related to Jordan’s cultural heritage. Candidates must be Jordanian citizens and currently enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students in a Jordanian university.

ACOR Jordanian Graduate Student Scholarship: Four awards of $3,000 each to assist Jordanian graduate students with the annual costs of their academic programs during the period May 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016. Candidates must be Jordanian citizens and currently enrolled in either a Master’s or Doctoral program in a Jordanian university. Eligibility is limited to students in programs related to Jordan’s cultural heritage (for example: archaeology, anthropology, linguistics/epigraphy, history, conservation, museum studies, and cultural resource management related issues). Awardees who demonstrate excellent progress in their programs will be eligible to apply in consecutive years.

ACOR Jordanian Travel Scholarship for ASOR Annual Meeting: Two travel scholarships of $3,500 each to assist Jordanians participating and delivering a paper at the ASOR Annual meeting in mid-November in the United States. Academic papers should be submitted through the ASOR’s website (www.asor.org/am) by February 1, 2015. Final award selection will be determined by the ASOR program committee. 

Please Note: NEH, CAORC, MacDonald and Sampson (residency option), and Bikai Fellows will reside at the ACOR facility in Amman while conducting their research. 

For more information and to download the application forms:
Websites:  www.bu.edu/acor   and   www.acorjordan.org

ACOR 656 Beacon Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02215 
Tel: 617-353-6571; Fax: 617-353-6575; Email: acor@bu.edu 
or
ACOR P.O. Box 2470, Amman 11181, Jordan 
Tel: 9626-534-6117; Fax: 9626-534-4181; Email: acor@acorjordan.org

ALSO NOTE:

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Research Fellowships:
The program is open to U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. in fields in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences and wish to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance. Fellowships require scholars to conduct research in more than one country, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Applications will be available in the fall.
Deadline: January 13, 2015

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowships:
A new focused regional fellowship program enabling U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have recently earned their Ph.D. in fields in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences and wish to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance in countries bordering the Mediterranean and served by American overseas research centers. Funding for this program is generously provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Applications will be available in the fall.
Deadline: January 13, 2015

For more information and to download the application forms:
www.caorc.org/programs
EMAIL: fellowships@caorc.org,
TEL.: 202-633-1599
MAIL:
Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)
PO Box 37012, MRC 178
Washington, DC 20013-7012

Digital preservation summit in Washington

CyArk is a nonprofit with the mission of digitally preserving the world’s cultural heritage.  
On October 7-8, CyArk will be hosting its Annual Summit at the National Archives in Washington DC.  The overarching theme of the conference is “Democratization of Cultural Heritage: Enabling access to information, technology and support.” Attendees will be able to network and learn from presentations given by government, university, historic preservation and cultural resource management leaders such as Gustavo Araoz, President of ICOMOS, CyArk’s blue ribbon advisory council, Corine Wegener of the Smithsonian and US Committee of the Blue Shield, Richard O’Connor Chief of HABS, leadership and practitioners from the National Park Services, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and governments around the world. 
Attendees will also be able to see live demonstrations and learn about the latest technologies being applied to built heritage and digital humanities from speakers and sponsors that include Autodesk, Trimble SketchUp, A&E firms, and cultural resource management firms. 
Researchers and scholars will have the opportunity to learn about specific programs that CyArk is working on, such as the Atlantic Slave Trade and the Athena Project, and identify opportunities to collaborate where CyArk and other heritage institutions are actively seeking research partners.

Note that CyArk is offering a discounted student rate