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How to apply

The application deadline for the 2017-2018 academic year is January 15, 2017, for funding to be disbursed on July 1, 2017.

Application cover sheet can be downloaded here

Application assistance is available here.

Please review carefully the Shohet Scholar eligibility requirements before proceeding with the application, as all requirements must be met by the posted deadline or else the application will not proceed to jury review.

Applications

Applications, supporting documents, and communications with the Shohet Scholars Program must be in English and should be submitted as email attachments in Word or PDF format to shohetscholars@catacombsociety.org.

Include copies of the following:

  • Applicant cover sheet (available at http://www.catacombsociety.org/shohet-scholar-application-cover-sheet/)
  • Applicant’s curriculum vitae (4 pages or less)
  • Research proposal not exceeding 2000 words (10 pages, double spaced)
  • Abstract of the proposed research and its significance (100 words or less)
  • Statement of permissions acquired for research and/or publication if the applicant proposes to conduct archaeological fieldwork or advance a project involving items in museum collections or archives, or for other situations requiring permissions
  • Budget proposal—see guidelines below

In addition to the application materials submitted by the applicant, the following documents are also required:

  • Letters of recommendation from two individuals should be emailed directly by the writers to the Shohet Scholars Program. These letters should address, in particular, characteristics and personal qualities indicative of the likelihood the applicant will carry out the research, contribute to the objectives of the program, and make a significant contribution to his or her field.
  • A letter from the applicant's department chairperson or other institutional officer confirming institutional support for the project should be mailed directly to the Shohet Scholars Program.

Please do not send non-required supporting documents or statements that exceed the maximum length.

Applications that are submitted by the deadline as correct in all material respects (including supplemental materials and ICS membership registration) will be evaluated by a jury of academic experts who take into account the quality and feasibility of the research project submitted, the time required to meet the objectives sought, the anticipated impact of the findings, and the excellence of the applicant’s skills as attested by diplomas obtained, letters of recommendation, and publications, papers, and presentations. Persons making the selections of grantees will not be in a position to derive any direct or indirect private benefit if certain potential grantees are selected over others and will have no formal relationship to the applicants subject to their review. Decisions of the jury are final and, regrettably, neither oral nor written critique can be provided for unfunded applications.

Budget Guidelines

An applicant must submit and justify a detailed allocation of funds requested. The applicant must indicate the sources and amounts of all other funds allocated to him or her for the project if the budget is in excess of the Shohet Scholar funding range of $2,000-30,000. Shohet Scholar funds must be used for research expenses directly related and essential to the project, such as for equipment and supplies, travel and living expenses during fieldwork, and research assistance. Awardees may receive salary from their institutions for periods of exclusive work on the research (e.g., summer or sabbatical salary) or portions of time devoted exclusively to the project. Shohet Scholar funds may not be used to pay salary and fringe benefit obligations of institutions, tuition, institutional overhead, other institutional support, or expenses incurred prior to the date of the award. Travel expenses to attend professional association meetings will not be funded. No substantial variances may be made from an awardee's approved budget without prior approval in writing from the Shohet Scholars Program. Applicants should budget to allow for fluctuations in the exchange rate, if necessary, as additional funds cannot be provided for this purpose after the award is made.

Eligibility

Scholars of all institutional affiliations and independent scholars may apply for Shohet Scholar funding if they are current individual or institutional members of the ICS at the time of the application submission deadline and in possession of a doctoral degree or the equivalent. Preference will be given to applicants in the early postdoctoral or launching stage of their careers (i.e., persons awarded the doctorate within six years prior to the application deadline). Non-U.S. citizens may apply if a co-applicant is a legal resident or native or naturalized citizen of the U.S.A., meets all eligibility requirements, and has a genuinely collaborative leadership role in the proposal.  Co-applicants must submit as individuals all the necessary forms except for the research proposal, list of permissions, and budget proposal, which may be filed jointly.  Employees, contractors, and members of the Board of Directors or Advisory Board of the ICS and their families are ineligible. No applicant will be denied consideration or selection because of race, religion, or ethnic origin.  Any fraudulent misrepresentation of self and information about a proposal will result in a disqualification.

Obligations of Shohet Scholars

Two items are due after the end of the award period: a final report of expenditures after three months and a written article on the funded project suitable for publication by the ICS within one year.

Deadlines 

The deadline for receipt of applications and all related documents is January 15 of the award year. Award notification will be made by May 1st and funding will be disbursed on July 1.

Questions ?

If you have any questions about the suitability of proposed projects, application procedures, or any other matters related to the Shohet Scholars Program, please consult our FAQ page or contact us at: shohetscholars@catacombsociety.org.

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