Professional Programs

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Professional Programs in Archaeology


Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology
via Napoleone III, 1 – 00185 Rome
T. 064465574
Established in 1925 by the Motu Proprio "I primitivi cemeteri," the PIAC is a Vatican institution for graduate study in Christian Archaeology. The institute grants the degrees of Licentiate (2d cycle) and Doctorate (3d cycle) in Christian Archaeology. Scholarships are available for tuition and living expenses. PIAC also sponsors an introductory course on Christian Archaeology, that meets Saturdays from November-March, and a weeklong seminar in late winter-spring, Instrumentum Domesticum, on various excavation technologies and applications toward the study of small finds.  Click here for 2016-2017 PIAC student handbook.

Cardinal Bea Center for Judaic Studies
Pontifical Gregorian University
Piazza della Pilotta, 4 - 00187 Rome
"The Cardinal Bea Centre of the Gregorian University - taking its name and inspiration from the far-seeing vision of the Jesuit Augustin Bea, the principal architect of the very declaration Nostra Aetate - is dedicated to the promotion of a theological knowledge and understanding of Judaism - from both a Jewish and a Christian perspective - as well as the teaching, research and academic exchanges between Christians and Jews, in order to foster a mutually enriching relationship" (website).


Studium Biblicum Francescanum
(of the Pontifical University “Antonianum”)
Faculty of Biblical Studies & Archaeology

Flagellation Monastery (via Dolorosa)
P.O. Box 19424 – IL-9119301 Jerusalem, Israel
T. (+972) 26270485 F. (+972)6264519
The SBF is a scientific institution of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land (Custodia Terrae Sanctae) that grants the diploma, licentiate and doctoral degree in Biblical Sciences and Archaeology.  It is a campus of the Pontifical University “Antonianum” in Rome, and has exchanges with the Studium Theologicum Jerosolymitanum and Catholic Biblical Institute of Hong Kong.  The campus in Jerusalem’s Old City includes a library, refectory and museum.  Students participate in study tours of various Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt and Jordan, and may excavate with archaeologists of the Custodia Terrae Sanctae (past sites include: Nazareth, Cepharnum, Jerusalem, Herodion, Kafr Kanna, Magdala, Nebo, Tabgha and Tabor).

W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research
26 Salah ed-Din Street, 9711049 Jerusalem, Israel
Postal Address: P.O. Box 19096, 9119002 Jerusalem, Israel
T. 972-2-628-8956
The Ernest S. Frerichs Program for Albright Fellows organizes workshops for sharing research with scholars from the local academic community, dinners with guest scholars at the Institute for Albright Appointees, field trips to archaeological sites, museums and local institutions as well as to Crete, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Jordan, or Turkey, and visits to local research institutes to meet with researchers involved in different aspects of Ancient Near Eastern Studies.  The Albrght also sponsors the Trude Dothan Lectureship in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Internships in Archaeology, and lectures at Israeli and Palestinian Universities.

Center for the Study of Christianity at Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Faculty of Humanities
Mt. Scopus Campus, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem 91905, Israel
T. +972-2-588-1398
"The Center for the Study of Christianity ... aims to stimulate and coordinate research projects, conferences and workshops, at both the national and international levels, graduate students' workshops, and lectures by distinguished Visiting Professors. In addition the Center offers research grants for graduate students in the Hebrew University. The Center intends to encourage, in particular, research and study of the New Testament and its Jewish roots, the relationship, over the years, of Jews and Christians, the history of Christianity in the Holy Land, and Eastern Christianity."

Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies
Department of Classical Studies, Bar Ilan University
Ramat Gan, 52900, Israel.
The ISPCS (The Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies) was founded in 1971 in order to promote the study of classics in Israel and to foster relations between Israeli classicists and colleagues from abroad.  The ISPCS organizes an annual conference,in which scholars from Israel and abroad present their new studies.  The Society’s journal, Scripta Classica Israelica, appears once a year. It contains scholarly articles, book reviews and reports on new publications in Hebrew."

Pontifical Biblical Institute
3 Paul-Emile Botta Street, P. O. Box 497, Jerusalem 9100401
T. +972-(0)2-6252843
Affiliated with the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome as an academic institute for its faculty and students when doing research or study in the Holy Land.

University of the Holy Land - Center for the Study of Early Christianity
Mount Scopus University, P. O. Box 24084, Jerusalem 9124002
T. 972 (0)2-6453570
The University of the Holy Land offers M.A. degrees in New Testament and Early Christianity; Old Testament and Culture of Ancient Israel, and Archaeology.


American Academy in Rome
Via Angelo Masina 5 - 00153, Rome
T. 39 06 58461
The American Academy in Rome's Rome Prize competition "awards fellowships for research in Ancient Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and Italian Studies. The Academy also hosts the recipients of other fellowships in the humanities including the Italian Exchange fellowships, Mellon East-Central European Visiting Scholar fellowships, and the Burkhardt fellowships of the American Council of Learned Societies. Other scholars are invited to apply to be part of the community at the Academy through the Visiting Artists and Scholars program.  The School of the Classical Studies sponsors conferences and lectures during the course of the year, organizes a series of trips and tours of Rome and Italy for scholars, and participates in a range of archaeological projects. In addition, the Academy offers several summer programs in the humanities: Classical Summer School; Summer Program in Archaeology; Summer Program in Roman Pottery; Scuola di Etruscologia e Archeologia dell'Italia Antica; and, usually, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar." (AAR website)

Centro di Studi Ebraici at the Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale"
Dipartimento Asia, Africa e Mediterraneo
Palazzo Corigliano, V piano, Piazza S. Domenico Maggiore, 12 - 80134 Napoli
tel. 0816909675
The Centro di Studi Ebraici (Center for Jewish Studies) at the Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale" organizes courses, seminars, congresses, research projects, and cultural events on Jewish history, language, and culture,  with a particular focus on the Jews of Southern Italy.

North America

American Center of Oriental Research
656 Beacon Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02215 USA
Phone: 617-353-6571, Fax: 617-353-6575
"The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) promotes research and publication across disciplines with a special emphasis on archaeology in the region. ACOR’s main activities include a fellowship program for scholars, archaeological excavation and restoration projects, and other academic programs" (ACOR website).

BSANA - Byzantine Studies Association of North America, Inc.
Byzantine Studies Association of North America, Inc. was formed in 2006. It is composed of three parts: the U.S. National Committee for Byzantine Studies (USNCBS), the Canadian Committee of Byzantinists (CCB), and the Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC).

Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies at Ohio State University
190 Pressey Hall, 1070 Carmack Road
Columbus, OH OH, 43210
T. 614 292-3280
Short-term fellowships, conferences, and workshops in Greek and Latin epigraphy and paleography.

Center for the Study of Ancient Italy at the University of Texas, Austin
Department of Art and Art History
Art Building, University of Texas at Austin
23rd + San Jacinto Streets, Austin, TX
T. (512) 471–3382
The Center for the Study of Ancient Italy promotes interdisciplinary
education and research in the archaeology and visual culture of
ancient Italy from the Bronze Age through the fth century C.E.
Based in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of
Texas at Austin, the Center serves as an innovative focal point for the
study of the ancient cultures of Italy. By supporting undergraduate,
graduate, and postdoctoral studies—with emphasis on teaching,
archaeological eldwork, research and the digital humanities—the
center encourages an increased awareness and preservation of ancient
Italy’s rich and often endangered cultural resources."

CAM - Center for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean at Columbia Univerisity
501 Italian Academy (Columbia University)
1161 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027
"The Center, otherwise known as CAM, is an interdepartmental initiative at Columbia University in the City of New York which seeks to link together all the faculty, students and numerous departments that have an interest in the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean and adjoining areas. It is simultaneously a mechanism for coordinating courses, an information source, and a means of organizing conferences and other scholarly encounters" (website).

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
1703 32nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
"The Byzantine Studies program at Dumbarton Oaks, since its establishment in 1940, has supported a continuous program of residential fellowships and academic events to enable historical, philological, art historical, archaeological and theological research into the civilization of the Byzantine Empire from the fourth to the fifteenth century, together with its interactions with neighboring cultures.  Scholars are encouraged to apply for one-month research awards, and doctoral candidates may spend up to one month in residence." (website)

Graduate Program in Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins
Nyack College Manhattan Campus
2 Washington Street
New York, NY 10004
"Nyack's M.A. in Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins is a 36-credit (48 with 12 credits of Modern Hebrew) multidisiplinary curriculum that introduces the student to the fields of knowledge necessary for advanced research in New Testament and Christian Origins. The program is unique in that it engages aspects of language, history, religious thought and material culture for both Judaism and Christianity in late antiquity. Students will study with both Christian and Jewish scholars in their areas of expertise.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University
Box 1837, Rhode Island Hall
60 George Street, Providence, RI 02912
T. 401-863-3188
"The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World is dedicated to the academic study and public promotion of the archaeology and art of the ancient Mediterranean, Egypt, and Western Asia (the latter broadly construed as extending from Anatolia and the Levant to the Caucasus, and including the territories of the ancient Near East); our principal research interests lie in the complex societies of the pre-modern era.  The goal of the Institute is to foster an interdisciplinary community of interest in the archaeology of the ancient world, and in the discipline of archaeology more generally. Its mandate is to promote research, fieldwork, teaching, and public outreach, with the Institute’s associated faculty, students, and facilities serving as a hub for this activity." (website)

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture
The Center offers grants reflect the Mary Jaharis Center’s commitment to fostering the field of Byzantine studies through the support of graduate students and early career researchers and faculty.
Mary Jaharis Center Dissertation Development Grants target graduate students who have completed all coursework, language requirements, and exams necessary to advance to Ph.D. candidacy. Grants are meant to assist with the costs of travel associated with the development of a dissertation proposal in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived, e.g., travel to potential research sites, museum collections, research and special collections libraries. The goal of these grants is to assist students in refining their initial ideas into a feasible, interesting, and fundable doctoral project.
Mary Jaharis Center Dissertation Grants are awarded to advanced graduate students working on Ph.D. dissertations in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived. These grants are meant to help defray the costs of research-related expenses, e.g., travel, photography/digital images, microfilm.
Mary Jaharis Center Publication Grants support book-length publications or major articles in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived. Grants are aimed at early career academics. Preference will be given to postdocs and assistant professors, though applications from non-tenure track faculty and associate and full professors will be considered. We encourage the submission of first-book projects.
For further information, please see
Contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center, with any questions.


Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies (CLABS)
Koç Üniversitesi
Koç Üniversitesi, Rumelifeneri Yolu 34450 Sarıyer İstanbul Türkiye
T. +90 212 338 1000
"CLABS is the first scientific research center dedicated to Byzantine art history and archaeology to be established in Turkey.  CLABS aims to support scientific research projects in relevant field, provide doctoral and post doctoral scholarships, organize scientific meetings, publish scientific literature and contribute to the protection and promotion of the Byzantine cultural heritage." (website)

United Kingdom

The Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society (AIAS)
Supreme House, 2d floor
300 Regents Park Road
London N3 2JX

Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies at King's College, University of London
Department of History
King's College London
Strand, London WC2R 2LS
"The Centre includes experts in a rich array of fields: late antique and Byzantine studies, all the major medieval languages and literatures, visual culture, paleography and manuscript studies, history, music, philosophy, and theology." (website)

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