In 1960, with a grant from the Mellon Foundation, formerly known as the Old Dominion Foundation, Harvard founded and constructed the Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) on property donated by Marie Beale. The property was donated in memory of her son who was both a graduate of Harvard and soldier who perished in WW I. The donation was made with the intent to revive Greek studies and in particular the Humanism of the Hellenic Greeks. A year after the Center’s establishment, the first group of scholars arrived. In spite of the Center’s unfinished construction, studies proceeded, the Center was finished and dedicated in 1963. In attendance, Paul Mellon and Bernard Knox offered that the Center would “give a fresh impetus but also a new direction for the study of Greek and hence to its effect on our age.” The Center has proven successful in attracting a group of fellows on the average of twelve a year from the US and around the world with the greatest numbers outside the US coming from the UK, Germany, and Italy. In 1998, the Center underwent an expansion which increased the size of its library and storage spaces. Additionally, the expansion increased the programming of art, archaeology, and numismatics. The collection of Roman studies was augmented as well and has since has demonstrated great value for comparative purposes. Today, in a forward thinking expansion, the Center is increasing its electronic publication and advancing it’s projects and goals in a more modern and accessible manner.
Harvard’s CHS promotes and encourages high-quality research concerning Ancient Greece, or Hellenism by offering 16-week residency, $18,000 Fellowships to scholars. The call for applications suggests that candidates emphasize collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to their fellowship proposals and will provide a CHS/DHI Joint Fellowship to those who meet the qualifications of studying ancient Greece or societies that inexact with the ancient Greeks. Those awarded CHS/DAI Joint Fellowships will receive housing in Berlin from September to December and housing on the CHS campus in Washington, DC from January to May. Scholars interested in submitting Fellowship proposals should pursue an online application. Candidates must have prepared PDFs to upload of a detailed 1,000-word research proposal, a CV documenting qualifications to conduct the proposed research as well as an example of a previously published, or performance-based work of no more than 10,000 words. Also, three letters of reference should be included with the application submission or otherwise received by the CHS no more than a week following the application deadline. Candidates must be at least 21 years of age. Proposed research may include any inspect of Hellenism approached through disciplines such as ethnic studies, anthropology, archeology, art history, history, education, literary criticism, the natural and physical sciences, philology, philosophy, political science, religious studies, sociology, and any related fields. Recipients must document the evolution of the projects and share all in-progress work or otherwise make it available for public viewing. The scholarship deadline is October 16, 2017.