Shohet Scholars Program



Shohet Scholars Program

The International Catacomb Society (ICS) founded the Shohet Scholars Program in 2001 to honor its founder, Estelle Shohet Brettman:

The ICS desires to support scholars of demonstrated promise and ability who are judged capable of producing significant, original research. Shohet Scholars may do their research in the fields of archeology, art history, classical studies, history, comparative religions, or related subjects. The focus of the work should be within the sphere of the Mediterranean world from the late Hellenistic Period to the end of the Roman Empire. The work does not need to be related to the Roman catacombs, although applications for projects focused on the catacombs are welcome. Of special interest are interdisciplinary projects that approach traditional topics from new perspectives. Successful applicants will be expected to present a public lecture in Boston reporting the methods, results, and significance of their work and submit a written article for publication by the ICS.

One or more Shohet Scholars will be selected each year and supported for a period of one year. The primary intent of the grant is to support significant, innovative research that can be completed and reported within the award period. Grants may be made to start new projects or to cover specific expenses or phases of a larger project under the direction of the applicant. At this time, awards in the range of $5,000 to $30,000 will be made. The Shohet Scholars Program reserves the right not to make a grant in a year in which no applications meet the requirements of the program.

Scholars of all institutional affiliations who are US citizens and possess a doctoral degree or the equivalent are eligible. Independent, unaffiliated scholars without doctoral credentials may be considered if judged equivalent in experience, competence, and accomplishments to other candidates. 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.

Award announcement for the 2016-2015 academic year will be made by May 1, 2016.

The application deadline for the 2016-2017 academic year is December 15, 2015, for funding to be disbursed on July 1, 2016.

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