DAI Fellowship for Study in Berlin

German Archaeological Institute

Deadline: January 31, 2015

The German Archaeological Institute (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut or DAI) is pleased to announce the availability of two research fellowships for AIA members who are working in North American institutions. The purpose of the fellowship program is to encourage and support scholarship of the highest quality on various aspects of archaeology and to promote contact between North American and German archaeologists.

In 2014, the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut will offer two post-doctoral research fellowships for a maximum period of two months to scholars of archaeology based in North America who wish to use the library facilities of the DAI in Berlin. Applicants need not be U.S., Canadian, or Mexican citizens.

The fellowship includes travel expenses for the Fellow, a stipend of 24 Euros/day plus 4.12 Euros/day for research expenses, and residence in the DAI's guest house. If the Fellow is accompanied by a spouse the stipend will be increased by an additional 5.11 Euros/day but the spouse's travel expenses will not be covered by the Fellowship

Prerequisites for the fellowship are a Ph.D. degree (or its equivalent) and professional competence in archaeology. The principal requirement is a detailed research proposal of no more than three pages. While in residence, the Fellows will be expected to give a lecture for the DAI.

Criteria Used in the Awarding of Fellowships:

  1. Fellows will be selected on the basis of scholarly promise as indicated by the applicant's academic record, prior publications, and the merits of the proposed research project.
  2. Preference will be given to applicants who are at an early stage of their professional careers.
  3. Applicants must be members of the Archaeological Institute of America and must be residents of a North American country.

The German Archaeological Institute supports affirmative action and equal opportunity in the selection of fellows.

Applicants should send the following materials:

a) a detailed research proposal (no more than three pages)
b) a curriculum vitae
c) a publication list

Applications are due in January 2014. The funding and selection of this award is handled exclusively by the DAI.

All correspondence should be addressed to:

An die Präsidentin des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts
Prof. Dr. Friederike Fless
Podbielskiallee 69–71
14195 Berlin

Contact: stipendien@dainst.de / +49 - 30 - 18 77 11 197

Prof. Dr. Friederike Fless
+49 - 30 - 18 77 11 135

An den Praesidenten des Deutschen Archaeologischen Instituts
Podbielskiallee 69-71
Berlin, 14195


Current Recipient

Kathleen LynchKathleen Lynch, University of Cincinnati

Kathleen Lynch is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Cincinnati, and is a specialist in Greek pottery, particularly vase-painting and the social aspects of pottery. For her The Symposium in Context: Pottery from a Late Archaic House near the Athenian Agora, she was the recipient of the AIA’s 2013 James R. Wiseman Book Award.  While in Berlin, Professor Lynch will be working on her newest project, "Greek pottery imported to Gordion, Turkey."

Previous Recipients

TizianaTiziana d'Angelo, Harvard University

Tiziana D’Angelo recently received her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from Harvard University. The 2013 DAI Fellowship for Study in Berlin will give her the opportunity to take advantage of the library facilities of the DAI Zentrale and of the archive and museum resources  in Berlin. While in residence at the DAI, D’Angelo will focus on revising and expanding the scope of her dissertation, entitled Painting Death with the Colors of Life: Funerary Wall Painting in South Italy (IV-II BCE). This project examines how Italic and Greek peoples in South Italy combined images, colors, architecture, and death rituals to represent themselves powerfully and vividly before their own as well as other communities in a period when the entire Italic peninsula was undergoing a critical redefinition of its political and social order. On the one hand, this project investigates the painted tombs as exceptional first hand evidence to reconstruct the social and cultural identity of the Italic populations of South Italy, which is still largely unknown to us due to a significant lack of literary and epigraphic sources. On the other hand, it aims to shed new light on a fundamental artistic phenomenon, that is the diffusion of polychrome painting in the Mediterranean world during the late Classical and Hellenistic period.

Seth BernardSeth Bernard, University of Pennsylvania

Seth Bernard recently completed his Ph.D. in Ancient History at the University of Pennsylvania.  The AIA/DAI Study in Berlin Fellowship will allow Seth to take advantage of the DAI library and archives in Berlin to continue work on two projects relating to the creation and afterlife of Mid-Republican Rome.  The first is a monograph entitled Building Republican Rome, which extends from his doctoral thesis and attempts to understand how Rome organized and paid for the considerable amount of labor involved in the creation of the Mid-Republican city (390-168 B.C.).  This project traces the fundamental connection between urban growth and economic development by viewing the architectural production of Republican Rome as a process on a human scale and thus intrinsic to our understanding of coeval socioeconomic developments.  The second project is a series of articles on the afterlife of Republican Rome and its importance to the evolving study of Roman topography from the Medieval period to the 19th century.  In particular, this second project investigates how later interest in pre-Imperial Rome has necessarily approached the subject through a combination of literary and archaeological sources, and how cultural memory has conditioned the dialogue between these two bodies of evidence.


Molly Swetnam-Burland, The College of WIlliam and Mary in Williamsburg

Molly Swetnam-Burland is Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.  She is currently at work on a manuscript treating the Roman interest in Egyptian culture after the battle of Actium – including the importation of Egyptian obelisks and sculptures and their 'afterlives' in Roman contexts.  In Berlin, she will work at the library of the DAI Zentrale and have the chance to study material in the Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung.  Her published work includes articles in the American Journal of Archaelology and Art Bulletin.


Sinclair Bell, Northern Illinois University

Sinclair Bell is Assistant Professor of Art History at the School of Art at Northern Illinois University.  The research he will carry out in Berlin is part of a larger project on the Roman circus, which will be published as a broad-ranging, interdisciplinary volume which will draw connections between texts, inscriptions, and visual and material cultural related to the sport of chariot racing and associated events held in the circus.


B BarlettaBarbara Barletta, University of Florida

The 2010 Fellowship recipient is Barbara Barletta, with the School of Art and Art History of the University of Florida in Gainesville. The research she will carry out in Berlin is part of a larger project involving the study and publication of the remains of the Temple of Athena at Sounion (Attica, Greece).

"My book will present for the first time all of the evidence for this important temple, which stands at the forefront of the architectural change in Athens from strictly Doric to both Doric and Ionic orders. The Temple of Athena played a role also in the Roman period, when it was dismantled and many of its parts were moved to the Athenian Agora, to be re-erected in a prominent location."


Andrea De Giorgi Andrea De Giorgi, Case Western Reserve University

The first DAI Fellowship winner in 2008 was Andrea De Giorgi, currently a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Classics at Case Western Reserve University and co-director of the Isparta Archaeological Project, an intensive survey investigating northern Pisidia, Turkey. The DAI Fellowship made it possible for De Giorgi to take advantage of the DAI Zentrale facilities during June and July.

While in Berlin, De Giorgi worked on a study of the Cilician city of Anazarbos, with focus on the structural transformations that its cityscape underwent between the third and sixth centuries A.D. From being neokoros and the object of various building programs under the Severans, Anazarbos’ city plan and grid were drastically re-configured in the following centuries as a result of military vicissitudes and religious pressures. Because of this, Anazarbos offers a unique opportunity to study a city’s transition into the post-classical age as well as the agencies that shaped it in fundamental ways. This work will shortly appear in a monograph edited by the directors of the Anazarbos project.


Ulrike Krotscheck Ulrike Krotscheck, Evergreen State College

The second DAI Fellowship winner in 2008 was Ulrike Krotscheck. She recently received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and currently holds a tenure-track position at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. The DAI Fellowship enabled Krotscheck to use the library in the Berlin Zentrale in July and August. It also facilitated her collaboration with Dr. Udo Schlotzhauer of the Eurasien Abteilung in Berlin. Krotscheck's research focuses on archaic Mediterranean trade and colonization in the Western Mediterranean. Specifically, her recent research has included neutron activation analyses (NAA) of the so-called “Ionian Cup”, type B2, from archaic merchant shipwrecks, and the construction of a framework of trade and exchange in the 6th century BCE Mediterranean.

The DAI Fellowship allowed Dr. Krotscheck to work on two articles expanding on her dissertation. The first will be the publication of the NAA results conducted by M.Glascock and J.R. Ferguson at the University of Missouri Research Reactor Center. The second one was conceived after a visit with Prof. Dr. H. Mommsen at the Helmholtz-Institut für Strahlen- und Kernphysik at the University of Bonn. This will present the results of NAA trace element analyses conducted in Bonn and an evaluation of the production and distribution patterns of pottery through maritime trade routes.


Matthew Canepa Matthew Canepa, College of Charleston

The DAI Fellowship winner in 2007 was Professor Matthew Canepa from the College of Charleston, Department of Art History, Programs in Archaeology and Asian Studies. A specialist in the art and cultures of the late Roman Empire and Pre-Islamic Iran, Canepa’s research focuses on cross-cultural interaction in the ancient world. His forthcoming book entitled The Two Eyes of the Earth (University of California Press) will be the first to analyze the artistic, ritual and ideological interactions between the Roman and Sasanian empires in a comprehensive and theoretically rigorous manner.

Matthew Canepa

The Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI) awarded Canepa the 2007 North American fellowship in support of his next large-scale project: Iran between Alexander and Islam, a book-length examination of Middle Iranian art and the global idea of Iranian kingship. This project considers the reciprocal vocation of art and ritual in expressing power among ancient Iranian peoples and empires both within and beyond the geographical boundaries of present-day Iran (including the Parthians, Scythians, Kushans, and Sasanians) from the fall of the Achaemenid Empire in the fourth century B.C. through the advent of Islam in the seventh century A.D. While in residence at the DAI, Canepa’s project benefited from the opportunity to consult one-on-one with the excavators of such important sites as Takht-e Solayman and Firuzabad, as well as the library and museum resources of Berlin. (Photos courtesy Matthew Canepa)