In addition to our fieldwork projects, we provide a number of services to our members and friends. These include various events throughout the year, including our Visiting Professorship program and a range of fellowships, scholarships and bursaries across Australia including a contemporary creative residency program open to Australian literary and visual artists. We also publish Mediterranean Archaeology, a journal for archaeology in the Mediterranean world and organise tours to Greece and the Mediterranean.

AAIA 2021 Contemporary Creative Residency: Applications Now Closed

Applications for the AAIA 2021 Contemporary Creative Residency are now closed.

This year, in light of the current Australian national departure restrictions, we specifically welcome applications from Australian creative practitioners currently residing outside of Australia. Creative practitioners of other nationalities who hold Australian Permanent Resident status who are currently residing outside of Australia are also welcome to apply.

Please bear in mind that the successful applicant must be able to produce appropriate documentation of full vaccination status for Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) before taking up the 2021 Contemporary Creative Residency in December 2021.

Please also be aware that while we do not anticipate changes to current Greek law regarding entry to Greece before December 2021, the impacts of the Covid-19 virus remain internationally a dynamic space and there may be need for changes or potentially cancellation of the award. Submissions received later than 5PM AEST Monday 20 September 2021 will not be considered. Announcement of the successful applicant will be made in the first week of October 2021.

Now in its 8th year, the AAIA Contemporary Creative Residency program was initiated in 2014. Applications are invited from professional Australian artists and writers who:

  • work in literary or visual media 
  • maintain a strong demonstrable interest in any aspect of contemporary, modern, Byzantine or ancient, Greek culture. 

The award offers the opportunity to spend the month of December working in Athens undertaking creative research toward new bodies of work, or furthering existing creative projects in any visual or literary form.

 The award includes

  • Exclusive accommodation, for the month of December, in the AAIA Hostel, a spacious 3-bedroom apartment located at the foot of the Acropolis. It should be noted that this is not a ‘studio residency’ rather a ‘residential award’ though the apartment also includes generous spaces suitable to table-top working practices. 
  • AAIA support and advocacy toward access to important library collections, museum collections, archive collections, contemporary galleries, foundations and archaeological sites throughout Greece that may not otherwise be accessible.

The AAIA Contemporary Creative Residency and more broadly the AAIA Contemporary Creative Program promotes Hellenic studies as per the core objective of the Institute. It is intended that by directly engaging with and supporting creative practitioners the aims of the AAIA can be innovatively interpreted for our members and the wider community, both within Australia and Greece, and reach broader audiences.

Previous AAIA CCR awardees:

  • 2020 Scott Miles (painter)
  • 2019 Dr Sary Zananiri (artist, cultural historian)
  • 2018 Brie Trennery and Keiran Boland (video, photography, performance)
  • 2017 Melissa Deerson (text, performance, drawing, video)
  • 2016 Dr Charles Anderson (multimedia)
  • 2016 Louis Porter (photography)
  • 2015 Jena Woodhouse (poetry)
  • 2014 Dr Andrew Hazewinkel (photography, sculpture) 

Reports from AAIA Contemporary Creative Residents are published annually in the AAIA Newsletter and Bulletin.

For further information and application guidelines:

Information and Guidelines for applicants




We are thrilled to announce that this year’s AAIA Contemporary Creative Residency at Athens has been awarded to the London based Australian artist Scott Miles.

Scott pushes his paintings toward the limits of vision; he is interested in systems that sit at the edge of representation, where the eye cannot perform satisfactorily. His practice considers the processual and presentation aspects of painting as an interlinked system, or language, through which meaning might be made. Described in his own words  “my works frequently reference hidden texts, systems and symbols through processes of layering, concealing and revealing, that are inherent to the temporality and tactility of painting.”

In Athens Scott will engage the collection of the Epigraphic Museum, specifically with multi directional texts and engravings that align vertically and horizontally as found in Boustrophedon and Stoichedon systems.

Scott Miles trained in painting and printmaking at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne and recently completed the Turps Studio Programme in London. He has participated in exhibitions at PADA Gallery Lisbon, Level Four Oslo and William Blake House London. His work is represented in collections at Upernavik Museum Greenland, State Library of Victoria, State Trustees, Geelong Gallery Australia and the Poster Collection Museum für Gestaltung Zürich Switzerland.

Scott Miles
Annotator (The sun will make us disappear) 2016
Oil on Linen
120 x 90 cm
Image courtesy the artist

The AAIA Fellowship for Research in Greece

This Fellowship is to support travel to Greece for research purposes by Australian postgraduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and academics from Australian universities. Scholars from the fields of Prehistoric and Classical Archaeology, History and Literature, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies who need to spend time for their research in Greece are eligible to apply.

Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents in Australia working/studying at an Australian university and must have a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours or equivalent qualifications.

The value of the fellowship is A$15,000, plus a 20% discount on accommodation at the AAIA Hostel.

The next Fellowship will be offered for 2021/2022.

Applications for this fellowship will open in 2021, and the successful applicant will be notified in due course. Download the AAIA Fellowship information sheet (pdf, 1.4MB)

Olwen Tudor Jones Scholarship

The Olwen Tudor Jones Scholarship for Archaeological Fieldwork in the Mediterranean was offered by the Society of Mediterranean Archaeology (SoMA) for the first time in 2001. 

In January 2002 the Council of SoMA voted to rename the scholarship in memory of Olwen Tudor Jones. Subsequently, after generous donations were received from Olwen’s family and friends, a capital preserved trust was set up. It is this trust, subsequently augmented by funds raised from SoMA events that finances the annual scholarship.

The scholarship is offered to a University of Sydney student of archaeology, or associated field, of high academic achievement for the purpose of partially funding that student’s travel costs to participate in fieldwork in the Mediterranean region. Preference is given to a student who will be working on a University of Sydney project, and to a student who has not previously participated in an archaeological project in the Mediterranean before.

Current global conditions have unfortunately meant that the scholarship will not be offered in 2020
In 2020, the ongoing global crisis related to the COVID-19 pandemic has limited travel and restricted fieldwork across the globe. Consequently, SoMA has postponed their next scholarship round until travel bans have been lifted and dig directors can start planning for their next field seasons. Follow the AAIA social media accounts and University of Sydney e-community notices for the call for applications in the future.

You are welcome to apply for the scholarship if participating in any excavation in the Mediterranean, especially as in some years there may be no active University of Sydney projects in the region. Please contact the AAIA if you would like advice on suitable field schools etc in your area of interest.

Olwen Tudor Jones Scholarship Honor Roll
  • 2019 – Amir Zaribaf, Archaeological Water Histories of Oman (University of Sydney and John Hopkins University)
  • 2018 – Vickie Tran, El Toll and Teixoneres Cave Complex, Spain (University Rovira)
  • 2018 – Olivia Cashmere, Thorikos Field Project, Greece (Belgian School at Athens)
  • 2017 – Sarah Gyngell, Nahal Ein Gev, Israel (The Hebrew University)
  • 2016 – Ellen Campbell, Keros Field School, Greece (McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge)
  • 2015 – Sareeta Zaid, Pintia Necropolis Program, Spain (ArcheoSpain)
  • 2014 – Hannah Morris, Zagora Archaeological Project, Greece (Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens and the University of Sydney)
  • 2013 – Kate McAllan, Zagora Archaeological Project, Greece (Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens and the University of Sydney)
  • 2012 – Lauren Morris, Paphos Theatre Archaeological Project, Cyprus (University of Sydney)
  • 2011 –  Elaine Lin, Tunzha Regional Archaeological Project, Bulgaria (University of  NSW and University of Michigan)
  • 2010 – Philipa Mott, Menorca Spain (Ecomuseum of Cape of Cavalleria)
  • 2009 – Eleanor Clarie Pitt, Paphos Theatre Archaeological Project, Cyprus (University of Sydney)
  • 2008 – Miriyan Kidson, Borders of Arabia Project, Jordan (University of Sydney)
  • 2007 – Louisa di Bartolomeo, Pompei Archaeological Research Program: Porta Stabia, Italy (Stanford University – University of Michigan)
  • 2007 – Kristen Mann, Paphos Theatre Archaeological Project, Cyprus (University of Sydney) and Southern Euoboean Exploration Project, Greece (Canadian Institute in Greece)
  • 2005 – Lily Withercombe-Taperel, Pompei Archaeological Research Program: Porta Stabia, Italy (Stanford University – University of Michigan)
  • 2004 – Alexandra Vaughn, Geece (Greek Ministry of Culture)
  • 2003 – Nicholas Vlachos
  • 2002 – Keryn Paul, Italy (University of Geneva)
  • 2001 – Cathy Hammond, Paphos Theatre Archaeological Project, Cyprus (University of Sydney)

Polymnia and Aimilia Kallinikos Scholarship

The Polymnia and Aimilia Kallinikos Scholarship was established by a generous donation from Mr Nikolaos Galatis. The Scholarship offers financial assistance to postgraduate research students (Masters by Research and PhD) to undertake research in Greek Studies from prehistory through to 1453 AD.

The Scholarship is a very welcome addition to our programs which  promote Greek studies in Australia.

Please visit the University of Sydney Scholarship page for further information about this opportunity.


Dr Stavros Paspalas – Director
Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, Room 480, Madsen Building (F09), University of Sydney NSW 2006 Australia
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