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The competition for a short-term summer fellowship is open to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and untenured faculty, including contingent faculty, who are seeking training in or to conduct research in papyrology. As of 2021, applicants do not have to be SCS members. In 2024, the amount of the award will be $3,000.

The application should consist of:

  • One-page single-spaced typed narrative description of the training or research to be undertaken and the funding amount requested.
  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • One letter of recommendation from someone who can address the importance of the training in / research in papyrology for furthering your current research questions and projects.
  • A list of any other sources of funding applied for with amounts requested.

Applications must be submitted as e-mail attachments to the Executive Director, The Subject line of the e-mail should read as follows: “Application for 2024 Koenen Award”. Applications are due at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 22, 2024.

A brief report about the project and its impact will be due within 12 months of receiving the award.

Previous Winners:

2024 Sohair Ahmed, Ain Shams University and Panagiotis Sotiroudis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2023 Jordan Johansen, University of Chicago

2022 Eman Aly Selim, Ain-Shams University and Leah Packard-Grams, University of California, Berkeley

2021 Sohair Ahmed, Ain-Shams University

2020 Susan Rahyab, Columbia University

2018 Chaya Cassano, CUNY Graduate Center

2017 Rachel Bernstein, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Caroline Cheung, University of California, Berkeley

2016 Talia Prussin, University of California, Berkeley and John Izzo, University of Notre Dame

This summer fellowship has been offered since 2016. Gifts from the Friends of Ludwig Koenen, a former President of the SCS, as well as matching funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities have been added to the Society’s Endowment for Classics Research and Teaching. The Finance Committee determines the amount of income derived from these contributions that will be available each year to support training in papyrology, and applications will be reviewed by a committee consisting of three members, one appointed by the Vice President for Education, one appointed by the Vice President for Publications and Research, and one appointed by the American Society of Papyrologists.

The SCS only supports the participation of individuals in programs run by organizations and institutions whose conduct with respect to employment and professional service, teaching, and research and publication meets the standards set forth in the SCS statement on professional ethics ( The SCS reserves the right to deny applications for funding to participate in programs run by organizations and institutions that have been demonstrated to violate these standards or about which serious concerns have been raised.