Fellowship of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and the German Archaeological Institute (DAI)

The DAI awards 1-2 short-term fellowships of up to two months to members of the Archaeological Institute of America. Fellows work on their individual research projects in one of the DAI libraries, preferably in Berlin. The fellowship includes accommodation at the DAI's Lepsius Kolleg, travel expenses, and an allowance to cover living expenses. Fellows with children who want to organize their own accommodation may receive a rent allowance.

Applicants need to hold a PhD or equivalent degree and must provide proof of experience with archeological research. The fellowship is reserved for residents of North America, regardless of their nationality. Applicants must be employed at a North American research institution.

Please submit your application online, including your c.v., a list of your publication, and a detailed outline of the project you would be working on during your stay in Berlin. Ideally, fellows should give a presentation on their research project during one of our in-house evening colloquia.

The application period usually ends in late November.

Fellows at the DAI



Dr. Irene Bald Romano, Arizona State Museum, Tucson: The Philadelphia-Berlin Connection: Reconstructing two Elusive Public Monuments in Roman Puteoli

Dr. Nathanial B. Jones, Washington University in St. Louis: Points of View: Perspective and Narration in Roman Art.


Dr. Dorian Borbonus, University of Dayton: The tombs of Rome: Burial and history in the center of power

While in Berlin, Dr. Borbonus works on a project that analyzes tomb monuments in Rome and its immediate surroundings during the period of Roman hegemony in the Mediterranean. It seeks to create the first historical narrative on the imperial capital that is based primarily on funerary culture, tracing the macroscopic change from a republican funerary landscape to an imperial one.


Dr. Jean M. Evans, University of Chicago: Mesopotamian sacred gifts

Dr. Tiziana d'Angelo: Harvard University: Polychrome painting in pre-roman tombs from South Italy (IV-II BCE)

While in residence at the DAI, D'Angelo will focus on revising and expanding the scope of her dissertation, entitled Painting Death with the Colors of Life: Funerary Wall Painting in South Italy (IV-II BCE). This project examines how Italic and Greek peoples in South Italy combined images, colors, architecture, and death rituals to represent themselves powerfully and vividly before their own as well as other communities in a period when the entire Italic peninsula was undergoing a critical redefinition of its political and social order.


Dr. Seth Bernhard, University pf Pennsylvania: The Creation and Afterlife of Mid-Republican Rome

The AIA/DAI Study in Berlin Fellowship will allow Seth to take advantage of the DAI library and archives in Berlin to continue work on two projects relating to the creation and afterlife of Mid-Republican Rome. The first is a monograph entitled Building Republican Rome, which extends from his doctoral thesis and attempts to understand how Rome organized and paid for the considerable amount of labor involved in the creation of the Mid-Republican city (390-168 BC). The second project is a series of articles on the afterlife of Republican Rome and its importance to the evolving study of Roman topography from the Medieval period to the 19th century.


Dr. Molly Swetnam-Burland, The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg: Roman Interest in Egyptian culture after the Battle of Actium

Molly Swetnam-Burland is currently at work on a manuscript treating the Roman interest in Egyptian culture after the battle of Actium – including the importation of Egyptian obelisks and sculptures and their 'afterlives' in Roman contexts. In Berlin, she will work at the library of the DAI Zentrale and have the chance to study material in the Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung.

Dr. Sinclair Bell, Northern Illinois University:The Roman Circus

The research Sinclair Bell will carry out in Berlin is part of a larger project on the Roman circus, which will be published as a broad-ranging, interdisciplinary volume which will draw connections between texts, inscriptions, and visual and material cultural related to the sport of chariot racing and associated events held in the circus


Dr. Barbara Barletta, University of Florida: The Temple of Athena at Sounion

The research Barbara will carry out in Berlin is part of a larger project involving the study and publication of the remains of the Temple of Athena at Sounion (Attica, Greece). "My book will present for the first time all of the evidence for this important temple, which stands at the forefront of the architectural change in Athens from strictly Doric to both Doric and Ionic orders. The Temple of Athena played a role also in the Roman period, when it was dismantled and many of its parts were moved to the Athenian Agora, to be re-erected in a prominent location."


Dr. Andrea de Giorgi, Case Western Reserve University: The Cilician city of Anazarbos

While in Berlin, De Giorgi worked on a study on the structural transformations that the cityscape underwent between the third and sixth centuries A.D. From being neokoros and the object of various building programs under the Severans, Anazarbos' city plan and grid were drastically re-configured in the following centuries as a result of military vicissitudes and religious pressures. Because of this, Anazarbos offers a unique opportunity to study a city's transition into the post-classical age as well as the agencies that shaped it in fundamental ways. This work will shortly appear in a monograph edited by the directors of the Anazarbos project.

Dr. Ulrike Krotscheck, Evergreen State College: Archaic trade and colonization in the Western Mediterranean

The DAI Fellowship allowed Dr. Krotscheck to work on two articles expanding on her dissertation. The first will be the publication of the NAA results conducted by M.Glascock and J.R. Ferguson at the University of Missouri Research Reactor Center. The second one was conceived after a visit with Prof. Dr. H. Mommsen at the Helmholtz-Institut für Strahlen- und Kernphysik at the University of Bonn. This will present the results of NAA trace element analyses conducted in Bonn and an evaluation of the production and distribution patterns of pottery through maritime trade routes.


Dr. Matthew Canepa, College of Charleston: Iran between Alexander and Islam

This project considers the reciprocal vocation of art and ritual in expressing power among ancient Iranian peoples and empires both within and beyond the geographical boundaries of present-day Iran (including the Parthians, Scythians, Kushans, and Sasanians) from the fall of the Achaemenid Empire in the fourth century B.C. through the advent of Islam in the seventh century A.D. While in residence at the DAI, Canepa's project benefited from the opportunity to consult one-on-one with the excavators of such important sites as Takht-e Solayman and Firuzabad, as well as the library and museum resources of Berlin.


Fellows in the U.S.

2013: Dr. Ralf Bockmann

2012: Dr. Felix Höflmayer und Dr. Ute Kelp

2010: Dr. Susanne Moraw

2009: Dipl.-Ing. Claudia Winterstein



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