Francis Jones Graduate Assistantships

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Application deadline: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Recommendation letter deadline: Sunday, December 6, 2020

The Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) offers assistantships to current Harvard graduate students who are conducting research in the humanities and social sciences, including, but not limited to area and ethnic studies, anthropology, archaeology, art history, government, history, linguistics, literary criticism, philology, philosophy, political science, or religious studies. Successful candidates will contribute to a CHS project and will be invited to engage with the CHS research community.

Specific terms for available assistantships include the Spring Semester (16 weeks in February – May 2021) or the May/June Term (6 weeks in late May – June 2021). Award levels range from $4,500-$10,000. The time commitment is approximately 10 hours/week.

About the Program

The program aims to support the study of the humanities and social sciences and to encourage service-based learning for pre-doctoral researchers who plan to pursue careers both within academia and beyond the academy. 

Applicants must select a specific CHS project to join as part of the assistantship. Opportunities include:

New Alexandria Commentary Platform

Project duration: Spring Semester or the May/June Term
Stipend: $10,000 for Spring Semester; $4,500 for May/June Term
Positions available: 4 – 8
Contact persons: Noel Spencer and Lenny Muellner

Successful candidates will develop an online commentary, tying their area of specialization to one or a series of ancient primary texts. The New Alexandria Commentary Platform facilitates the creation of digital editions and translations, which can also be incorporated. In addition to providing an outlet for generating a digital publication, this assistantship provides an opportunity for successful candidates to become familiar with up-to-date methodologies in the digital humanities, including TEI XML, CTS, and CITE architecture. No prior technical knowledge is required; training will take place as part of the assistantship.     

Philosophy and Ideas

Project duration: Spring Semester
Stipend: $10,000
Positions available: 1
Contact person: Nicolas Prevelakis, Allie Marbry

The successful candidate will assist in the design and implementation of online events and activities related to topics of social and political philosophy. These include online events, workshops, educational projects, and publications. The candidate will assist in program development, communication, logistics related to Zoom events, and text and video editing. 

Reading Greek Tragedy Online

Project duration: Spring Semester 
Stipend: $10,000
Positions available: 1
Contact person: Lanah Koelle

The successful candidate will assist the production team of Reading Greek Tragedy Online, which will release 4 episodes during the course of the spring semester. The candidate will assess translations, prepare texts for performance, write promotional materials and website content, edit video and audio, and serve as the Zoom “camera operator.”

This opportunity may be combined with the New Alexandria Commentary Platform project described above.


Applicants must be current graduate students enrolled in a Harvard GSAS graduate program within the fields of humanities or social sciences. 

Applicants may be based on the Cambridge campus or remotely within the USA or abroad.

Selection Committee

The selection committee will include representatives of the CHS projects, including collaborative partners, and members of the CHS senior fellows committee.

Application Information

The deadline for submitting applications is Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at midnight (Eastern). Recommendation letters are due no later than Sunday, December 6, 2020.

As part of the application process, applicants will upload two documents in PDF format:

  1. A cover letter outlining the applicant’s research areas and interest in the desired project (500 word maximum). 
  2. A curriculum vitae documenting qualifications to conduct the proposed research, for example, through recent publications and presentations.

Applicants will also provide the names and contact information for two references. Applicants are advised to confirm the availability of their references in advance. The CHS application system will solicit letters from references only after an applicant has submitted an application.

Applicants will receive notification of the selection committee’s decision in late December 2020.

Applicants with questions should contact