Anna C. & Oliver C. Colburn Fellowships

Archaeological Institute of America

Deadline: January 15, 2024

Awarded even years only

Announced: In April

Amount: Two Fellowships of $5,500 each

Purpose: To support studies undertaken at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece for no more than a year.


  • Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada.
  • Applicants must have been AIA members (Graduate or Professional level) in good standing for at least two consecutive years (or one year for graduate students) by the application deadline.
  • Applicants must be at the pre-doctoral stage or have received a Ph.D within five years of application.
  • Each applicant must apply concurrently to the ASCSA for associate membership or associate student membership (ASCSA application consists of an application form, three letters of recommendation, a CV, and a detailed statement of the project to be pursued in Greece submitted online via the ASCSA website), but an applicant may not be a member of ASCSA during the year of application.
  • At the conclusion of the fellowship tenure, each recipient must submit a report on the use of the stipend to the Chair of the AIA Fellowships Committee and the Director of the ASCSA.
  • After the tenure of their fellowships, recipients are also expected to submit abstracts to the AIA Program Committee within two years, in order be considered for participation in the AIA Annual Meeting.


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Application Process

Please note that all application materials (including references and transcripts) must be received at the AIA by the January 15 deadline. Awarding of each Colburn Fellowship is contingent upon the applicant’s acceptance by the ASCSA.

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Ellen Archie

Emory University

Ellen Archie will be using the Colburn Fellowship to support her dissertation work on “Entangling Dionysos: Dionysos in the northern Greek and Macedonian Private Kosmos, 4th-2nd centuries BCE”.  Through examining objects and motifs contextually and experientially across spaces, Ellen aims to argue that Dionysiac imagery of abundance and conviviality decorated the bodies and shaped the space of the living in times of celebration, offered a touchstone between life and death in times of mourning, provided comfort in the knowledge that the deceased would be enveloped in a pleasant environment, recalling the relationships made in life.


Lana Radloff

Bishop's University

Lana Radloff will be using the Colburn Fellowship to support her research project work on “FemiNetworX: Mapping Female Maritime Mobility Networks”.  Her project aims to reconstruct the embodied, lived experience of female maritime mobility networks in ancient Greece, by applying an explicitly feminist and gendered theoretical and methodological approach. Using Miletus and Rhodes in the southeast Aegean (400-31 BCE) as case studies to explore Eastern Mediterranean networks, she investigates the role of women as drivers in the creation and maintenance of maritime networks.


Jocelyn Burney

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jocelyn Burney will be using the Colburn Fellowship to support her dissertation work on “A Diaspora of Things: Building Jewish Communities in the Late Roman Aegean (2nd-6th centuries CE)”.  Through an examination of case studies in the late Roman diaspora in Greece, the Aegean, and western Turkey, she is exploring the role of material culture in the construction of Jewish identity outside of Palestine.  Her time at the ASCSA will allow her to study the financing, construction, and maintenance of synagogues and graves over generations, and examine the nature of Judaism in antiquity, and the role of “religious” practice as a vehicle for identity-maintenance in contexts of migration, travel, or diaspora.


Grace Erny

Stanford University

Grace Erny has been awarded the Colburn Fellowship to further her work on her dissertation, “Landscapes of Inequality: Social Differentiation in Geometric through Classical Crete”.  Her multiscalar investigation of inequality and social differentiation in Late Geometric through Classical Crete uses information from excavated Cretan houses as well as surface assemblages from across the island to study this period of profound social and political change.  Besides work at the ASCSA’s Blegen Library, Ms. Erny will travel to Crete to re-study the material from the Vrokastro and Western Mesara Surveys and to visit small rural sites.

Julianne Cheng

Emory University

Julianne Cheng is receiving the Colburn Fellowship in order to further her work on her dissertation, “Making the Ordered Cosmos: The Gigantomachy in Archaic and Classical Athenian Vase Painting”. She will be studying depictions of the Gigantomachy on Attic vases, from their emergence in 560 BC to their transformation around 450 BC, and with the support of the Colburn Fellowship will complete her field research on the substantial corpus of relevant vases that were found (and produced) in Athens, and explore their relationship to the sudden emergence of the Gigantomachy in architectural sculpture.

Chelsea Gardner

University of British Columbia

Chelsea Gardner will be working on “The CART-ography Project: Cataloguing Ancient Routes and Travels in the Mani Peninsula‚” a new, multi-disciplinary, Digital Humanities project that uses GIS-analysis to investigate routes of early travelers to Mani in order to better understand the value of these accounts in recreating the archaeological landscape. She will be studying and traveling in Greece, both within the Gennadius Library at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, as well as in the field in the Mani peninsula. The ultimate goal of this project is to establish an open-access, online, navigable database that showcases all the available routes throughout Mani and the known archaeological sites from the prehistoric through early modern periods.

Cicek Beeby

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Spatial Narratives of Mortuary Landscapes in Early Iron Age Greece: A Network Approach

Cicek Beeby is a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, exploring how communities and social groups interact with each other through the context of mortuary spaces in early Iron Age Greece. The Colburn Fellowship will support her project, using techniques from various disciplines including network theory, sociological and anthropological ideas about the use of space in various social groups, and GIS. Beeby’s research counters emerging theories about the marginalization of death and mortuary spaces during this period, and instead portrays mortuary contexts as expressions of connection to the wider community. Beeby will observe and track the changes in the use of mortuary spaces and relate these changes to broader changes in social and political formations.

Mali Skotheim

Princeton University

The Greek Dramatic Festivals under the Roman Empire

Mali Skotheim is a doctoral student with Princeton University. With support from the Colburn Fellowship she will investigate the social history of Greek theater under Roman rule from 100 BCE to 300 CE. By studying epigraphic evidence of Greek dramatic festivals, she will examine the links between the city, the display of the festivals, the organizers, the participants, and the attendees to give a more complete image of the Greek theater’s social history. The project will result in a holistic presentation of Greek theater, using the physical epigraphic evidence, the special relationships between the inscriptions and the city, and other archaeological evidence regarding the architecture of Roman period theater buildings. Skotheim will use the resources at the American School for Classical Studies in Athens, and will travel to various cities that held dramatic festivals, giving her a perspective that can only be gained by first-hand and in-person examinations of the inscriptions and sites under study.

Fontini Kondyli

Brown University

Building up Byzantine Athens

Dr. Kondyli is a postdoctoral fellow at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University. Her project explores how different social groups participated in the transformation of Byzantine cities in the 7th through 15th centuries, and how these groups set the rules of urban living and negotiated their identities in an urban environment. Dr. Kondyli will use the Fellowship to further her work on the study and publication of the Byzantine settlement in the Athenian Agora, and conduct research on similar sites in the Byzantine administrative district such as the Corinth and Thebes. During her tenure at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, she will conduct research at the Blegen and Gennadius libraries, examine the published and unpublished results from the Athenian metro excavations, continue her collaboration with the Excavation Directors at Thebes, and visit Corinth.

Sara Franck

University of Minnesota

Bucolic Architecture: Hellenistic Pastoral Temples in the Peloponnese

Doctoral student Sara Franck will research sites in the Greek Peloponnese where pastoral and rural Hellenistic features have not been examined in light of their relationship to the building program of the Greek world. While there has often been a notion of “decline” associated with the Hellenistic period, Ms. Franck argues that the political, economic, and social climate created a longing for the past and a revival in rural-style temples. Many Hellenistic Peloponnesian examples have been overlooked by scholars in favor of larger, better-preserved and easily accessible sites. Ms. Franck’s innovative approach, using GIS software for data management and analysis, will seek relationships and patterns in Hellenistic pastoral structures and decorative characteristics that show a flow and exchange of architectural ideas indicative of a wider cultural awareness and attitude.

Yuki Furuya

University of Cincinnati

Reflections of Society in Protopalatial and Neopalatial Cretan Jewelry

Yuki Furuya is researching Cretan jewelry, its iconographical parallels, and symbolism of the Protopalatial and Neopalatial periods of the Minoan civilization. Her data will be mapped regionally and diachronically to investigate the development and dissemination of religious and political powers during these periods. Yuki is hoping to place “faces” on these Minoan jewelry owners, as jewelry characteristically provides information specific to its wearer. The effort to place “faces” in Minoan civilization is still new because, traditionally, Minoan scholarship has discussed society on a larger scale.

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