Lionel Pearson Fellowship

(More detailed information for candidates and faculty about the Lionel Pearson Fellowship can be found here)

2019-2020 Application Cycle

The Pearson Fellowship Committee invites nominations of undergraduate students for the 2020-2021 Lionel Pearson Fellowship, which seeks to contribute to the continuing education of American- and Canadian-trained classicists by providing for a year of graduate study at an English or Scottish university. The Pearson Fellowship is the only fellowship currently offered by the SCS that provides funding for a year of graduate study. The competition is open to any outstanding undergraduate student who has completed in academic year 2018-2019, or will complete in academic year 2019-2020, a B.A. in Greek, Latin, Classics, or closely related fields at any American or Canadian college or university. The SCS encourages departments to nominate students from groups traditionally under-represented in the field of classical studies.

During the fellowship year, the successful applicant will undertake a course of study that broadens and develops his/her knowledge of Greek and Latin texts in the original languages; candidates should therefore have a good foundation in the classical languages. They should have obtained a B.A. no later than September 2020 in order to begin an academic year of postgraduate work at that time. Normally, the recipient will hold the Fellowship in the academic year immediately after graduating with a bachelor’s degree. The term of the Fellowship is one year. The recipient may use the Fellowship for part of a longer program of study, but under no circumstances will support from the Fellowship extend beyond one year. Fellows are responsible for seeking and obtaining admission to the English or Scottish university where they intend to study, and candidates are strongly encouraged to initiate application procedures if they are short-listed.

The maximum amount of the Fellowship is $24,000, which may be used to offset academic fees, travel expenses, housing and subsistence costs, and book purchases. The Fellowship amount ($24,000) is the maximum that the SCS can award, but the Faculties of Classics at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities have generously offered to provide a partial tuition subvention for any Pearson Fellow enrolled at their institution. In these instances funds provided by the SCS should offset the Fellow’s other expenses. The SCS will attempt, but cannot guarantee, to obtain a similar accommodation from another institution in the UK should the Fellow attend a university other than Oxford or Cambridge. Similarly, the SCS cannot guarantee tuition support from other Faculties at Oxford and Cambridge, such as Philosophy or History. Students should be aware that if they can pursue their preferred course of study under the rubric of Classics, it would be to their advantage.

Candidates for the Fellowship must be nominated by a faculty member who is familiar with their work. Faculty members who wish to nominate a student for the Fellowship should send the student's name and e-mail address to the current chair, David Ratzan, who will send the nominator an application form and other relevant materials. The committee discourages programs from nominating more than one student. Those programs desiring to make multiple nominations should contact the chair well in advance. Nominations and inquiries may be made only by e-mail to Dr. Ratzan ( The deadline for receiving nominations is Tuesday, October 1, 2019. The second step in the nomination process is the submission of a completed application. Application materials will be sent to nominators and/or nominees via e-mail by October 8 and the completed application must arrive at the offices of the Society for Classical Studies by 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday, November 11, 2019

Candidates will be notified by December 6, 2019 whether or not they are on the short-list for interview at the Annual Meeting in Washington, DC (January 2-5, 2020). Each candidate called to interview will be reimbursed by SCS for travel and accommodations costs and, in recognition of reaching the short-list stage, will select up to two books of their choosing from the Exhibit Hall at the meeting.

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