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.
AAIA 2020 Contemporary Creative Residency
Applications for the AAIA 2020 Contemporary Creative Residency are now welcome. Submissions received later than 5PM AEST Monday 6 July 2020 will not be considered.
Applications are invited from professional Australian artists and writers working in any visual media or literary genre who demonstrate specific interests in any aspect of contemporary, modern, Byzantine or ancient, Greek culture. Permanent residents of Australia are also welcome to apply.
The award offers the opportunity to spend a month 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 accommodation for the month of December in the Institute’s Hostel, a spacious 3-bedroom apartment located at the foot of the Acropolis, plus AAIA support and advocacy toward access to museum collections, archive collections, contemporary galleries, foundations , library collections and archaeological sites throughout Greece that may not otherwise be accessible.
With the aim of fostering an environment of creative exchange, the AAIA Contemporary Creative Residency in Athens runs concurrently with the University of Wollongong Athens Residency (hosted by the AAIA), as such the awardees share the hostel for the month of December. Although the accommodation is spacious and provides awardees with private rooms and shared research spaces and facilities, it should be noted that this is not a tradition studio based opportunity.
Each December the 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 broader audiences.
Previous AAIA CCR awardees:
- 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 Bulletin.
For further information and application guidelines:
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.
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.