ASOR Fellowship: The Beginning of a Grand Adventure

By: Nate Ramsayer, M.A. student in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East at Brandeis University, 2012 Heritage Fellow

Nate at the Giza Pyramids before the dig in Israel, living the dream.

My participation in fieldwork was entirely predicated upon receiving a Heritage Fellowship; it allowed me to buy a plane ticket to the Middle East. Had I not been granted an award, you’d find a much grumpier, much more naïve Hebrew Bible student still sitting at Logan Airport in Boston, probably with a cup asking for change, trying to figure how in the heck he’s gonna make it overseas in time for next summer’s season!

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Changing perceptions through fieldwork

Excavating a Middle Islamic barrel-vaulted room

By: Nicholas Ames, 2012 Platt Fellow

The first thing that struck me once the post-excavation haze wore off a few weeks after my return to the United States, was the sudden realization of the vast difference between “education” and “edification.” The classroom’s education provides the theoretical framework with which to situate my perception of the world, but through the context of labor, the act of archaeology provides an ephemeral emic understanding of the past, becoming a contextualized reification of the course-based educational experience. And with memories of the field still fresh in my mind, I found I was no longer content to confine my learning to a lecture hall listening to someone pontificate about the past. What I wanted was to go out and uncover it. Continue reading

The Platt Fellowship’s Impact

By: Andrew LoPinto, 2012 Platt Fellow

Being selected to receive the ASOR Platt Excavation Fellowship has profoundly impacted me and my career in numerous ways.  On a practical level, the support of the Platt Excavation Fellowship made it possible for me to join the staff of the Pennsylvania State University expedition to Mendes for the 2012 season by covering the cost of my airfare to Egypt.  For many students who have chosen to work in Egypt, the cost of airfare can limit or entirely exclude individuals from participation in field work.  When combined, airfare, room and board, ground transit, baggage fees, and other miscellaneous expenses to undertake field work in Egypt can cost thousands of dollars.  Mitigating even one of those factors can take a potential field season from being cost-prohibitive, to being possible.  Continue reading

The Platt Fellowship Changed My Life

By: Caroline Carter, 2012 Platt Fellow

In the summer of 2011, I attended my first archaeological excavation during the opening season of the Huqoq Excavation Project in Huqoq, Israel under the direction of Professor Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Israel Antiquities Authority. I had not planned on returning in 2012, due to finances, nevertheless I reapplied for the project as well as a few fellowships just to see what would happen.

A month later, I received the email from ASOR notifying me that I was a recipient of the 2012 Platt Fellowship to attend my second season at Huqoq. It is a moment that I will never forget- Continue reading

ASOR Heritage Fellowship: Supporting Nautical Archaeology

One of the seven-ton column drums comes to the surface

Receiving the Heritage Fellowship from ASOR made an incredible difference for me as a graduate student in Nautical Archaeology. Funding through my university for field work is very limited, and is typically only awarded to PhD students pursuing their own research. As a Master’s student, I wanted to continue to get more experience working as a part of an excavation team at the Kizilburun Shipwreck before heading out on my own, and the Heritage Fellowship made that possible.

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ASOR Heritage Fellowship: Supporting Student Research in Jordan

Monique, center, behind scale

This past summer I received a Heritage Fellowship to carry out excavation and research in Amman, Jordan. I had applied for this fellowship for assistance with airfare and living costs while in Jordan, and described the necessity of working in Jordan for my dissertation research. I excavated at Tall al-‘Umayri’s Iron Age settlement, which forms the basis of my dissertation on households and community at ‘Umayri.

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ASOR Platt Fellowship: Supporting Student Research at Çatalhöyük

Thanks to ASOR, I am now afraid of dogs.

I should clarify: I am afraid of dogs because I was chased down by vicious, barking, salivating, mastiff-sized köpekler in central Turkey. And I was only there because ASOR selected me as one of the recipients for their Platt fellowship.

I applied for ASOR’s generous stipend program so that I could participate in excavations at Çatalhöyük, a Neolithic-period archaeological site in central Turkey.  I wanted to understand how the reasoning that archaeologists do in the field gets translated into how they write later— Continue reading

March Fellowship Madness Update! Week One

We are pleased to announce that in the first five days of March Fellowship Madness we have raised nearly $4,500 for fellowships! At least four additional students will now receive fellowships this summer.

If you haven’t given yet please consider donating today! Help us keep up the momentum and allow more deserving students to conduct field work this summer. Our goal is to raise $20,000 and give out an additional 20 fellowships to our record number of applicants. We have over one fifth of the money raised and if we manage to surpass our goal even more students will receive fellowships. You can read more information on our main website.

So far we've raised $4,455 for fellowships

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The ASOR Heritage Fellowship: Supporting Student Research in Western Anatolia

Kyle Egerer (left) and Peter Cobb (right) survey a field near an ancient quarry (photo by CLAS 2011)

By Kyle Egerer and Peter Cobb

We, Kyle Egerer and Peter Cobb, were recipients of the ASOR Heritage Fellowship for the 2011 season of the Central Lydia Archaeological Survey (CLAS) in Western Anatolia. Upon applying for this fellowship, we both wrote letters of intent explaining our academic backgrounds, ambitions, and respective goals for the 2011 CLAS campaign in Turkey.

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Help Shape A Person’s Career with ASOR’s March Fellowship Madness!

Today we are proud to announce the launch of an exciting new campaign to raise money for excavation fellowships! Every year ASOR gives out around 30 Platt and Heritage Fellowships to deserving students and junior scholars to defray the costs of conducting fieldwork in the Near East. This year the number of applicants for these fellowships more than doubled to 179!

While we have the funding to send 33 of our applicants to the field, we didn’t want to waste this opportunity to fund more deserving students. So, for the first time, we are conducting a public fundraising drive to raise money for 20 additional fellowships.

Can you donate $25 to help us send these students to the field?

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