Anna C. & Oliver C. Colburn Fellowships

Archaeological Institute of America

January 15, 2018

Deadline: January 15; even years; announced April 15


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.

Requirements: Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada. To be eligible, applicants must be members of the AIA at the time of application and until the end of the fellowship term.  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 (see the the listing for the Fellowship on the ASCSA website, at, but an applicant may not be a member of ASCSA during the year of application. Please note that all materials for the AIA application (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. 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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Current Recipient

Fontini KondyliFontini 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Classical Studies in Athens, she will conduct research at the Blegen and Gennadius libraries, examine the published and unpublished results from the Athenian metro excavations, continue her collaboration with the Excavation Directors at Thebes, and visit Corinth.

Past Recipients

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

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.