We provide a range of fellowships, scholarships and bursaries across Australia. Many are offered through our Institutional members such as universities or high schools while others are offered through the Societies of Friends located in each state.

If you are interested in such scholarships please contact your local Friends group or Institutional Member. The three scholarships offered via the Sydney headquarters of the Institute are listed below.

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 have now closed, 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.

Applications for the 2019 scholarship have now closed.
Applications closed on Wednesday 1 May, 2019.
A new round of scholarships will be advertised in 2020.

You are welcome to apply for the scholarship if you are participating in any excavation in the Mediterranean (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.

AAIA Contemporary Creative Residency

Applications for the 2019 closed at 5pm on Monday 24 June, 2019
The 2020 application round will open in Late April, 2020.

The Contemporary Creative Residency programme was initiated in 2014. Applications are invited from professional Australian artists and writers (emerging and established) who:

  • work in literary or visual media 
  • maintain a strong interest in contemporary, modern, medieval or ancient, Greek culture. 

The award offers the opportunity to spend a month working and researching in Athens and includes:

  • accommodation for the month of December in the Institute’s Hostel, a spacious 3-bedroom apartment located at the foot of the Acropolis
  • access to libraries, museums and archaeological sites.

To foster a creative atmosphere, the Contemporary Creative Resident shares the hostel with the University of Wollongong Artist in Residence.

Each December the entire hostel becomes a place of creative contemplation, cultural exploration and artistic activity, thus promoting 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 a broader audience.

Previous AAIA CCR awardees:

  • 2018 Brie Trennery and Keiran Boland (video, photography and performance)
  • 2017 Melissa Deerson (text, performance, drawing and video)
  • 2016 Dr Charles Anderson (multimedia)
  • 2016 Louis Porter (photography)
  • 2015 Jena Woodhouse (poetry)
  • 2014 Andrew Hazewinkel (photography, video, sculpture and installation). 

Reports from AAIA Artists-in-Residence are published in the AAIA Bulletin.

For further information and application guidelines:

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 programmes which  promote Greek studies in Australia.

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


Dr Stavros Paspalas – Acting Director
Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, Room 480, Madsen Building (F09), University of Sydney NSW 2006 Australia
+61 2 9351 4759 +61 (0)2 9351 7693 arts.aaia@sydney.edu.au