Ludwig Koenen Fellowship for Training in Papyrology

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 competition is open to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and untenured faculty, including contingent faculty. As of 2021, applicants do not have to be SCS members. In 2021, the amount of the award will be $2,900. The application should consist of:

  • One-page single-spaced typed narrative description of the training 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 papyrology for furthering your current research.
  • A list of any other sources of funding applied for with amounts requested.

Because of the pandemic, the fellowship winner in 2021 will be allowed to defer the award if necessary.

Applications must be submitted as e-mail attachments to Executive Director Helen Cullyer at The Subject line of the e-mail should read as follows: “Application for 2020 Koenen Award”.  Applications are due at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday March 26, 2021.  

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

Previous Winners:

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 

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