Regular Membership is open to citizens of the United States or Canada who are graduate students at a college or university in those countries, or to non-citizens enrolled in a graduate program at a cooperating institution. The US or Canadian citizen must be enrolled at a US or Canadian institute at the time of application. Preferably applicants will have completed one or more years of graduate study before entering the School, but well qualified undergraduate seniors who shall hold a baccalaureate degree at the time of entry shall be considered for admission and for the fellowship competition. Applicants are expected to read French and German, in addition to ancient Greek; they will find a reading knowledge of Latin, modern Greek, and Italian helpful as well. It is the policy of the School not to discriminate in awarding admission or fellowships on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, or disability.
For in-depth details on eligibility, please see the School's Regulations (Section VI.1-3).
Admission for Regular Membership is granted on the basis of transcripts, letters of recommendation, and performance on qualifying examinations. The application serves as both the application for admission and for School Fellowships. The application is due by January 15. Detailed instructions are included on the application form.
Link to online application form: TBA
A complete application consists of the following:
- Online form, with all required fields completed. Submit the application form online by January 15, 2021. Link to online form: TBA
- Official transcripts for undergraduate and graduate study. You may order official transcripts, scan and upload them to the appropriate field. If official electronic transcripts are offered by your Registrar, you may send them to email@example.com.
- Applicants should supply contact information from three individuals who are willing to submit recommendation letters by January 20th. One of these letters, from the student's advisor, thesis director, or graduate chair should explicitly confirm that the student is in good standing. (In the case of an undergraduate applicant, a letter from the student's major advisor will suffice.) After the online application is submitted, recommenders will receive an automatic email notice with instructions about how to submit their recommendation. NOTE: The ASCSA will never contact your recommenders directly. The applicant must take responsibility for asking references for submission of letters.
- Prepare to sit for the qualifying examinations on the first Saturday of February. After the submission deadline, you will be contacted with further details about scheduling the exam for the first Saturday in February.
Guidance regarding the ASCSA Regular Member Exams
Please be aware that the exam will be changing format for the February 2022 exam. Information about the new format will be posted here as soon as possible.
The examinations offered each year to candidates seeking regular membership at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens are a vital component in the Admissions Committee’s decisions regarding membership and the allocation of fellowships. Although other factors certainly play a role in the Admissions Committee’s final decisions, performance in the examinations is scrutinized very carefully and candidates should approach these examinations as they would other qualifying or field examinations at the graduate level.
Four examinations are offered each year: Greek translation; Greek History; Greek Art and Archaeology; and Greek Literature. Candidates are required to choose two of these exams.
The Greek translation exam is designed to test the candidate’s competence in Greek. The exam lasts for two hours. Six passages are set, consisting of three poetry and three prose. From these six passages candidates select two, one of poetry and one of prose. Passages are selected from a wide variety of ancient authors, ranging from Homer to Photius. In grading the Greek translation exams, the examiners are looking for evidence that the candidates have a strong grasp of the grammar and syntax of Greek, and are able to render their translations into clear, correct English.
The three examinations in History, Art and Archaeology, and Literature, are also each two hours long, but a slightly different format is employed. In these exams, the first section consists of identifications. Fifteen specific terms and technical expressions, central to the discipline, are given, from which the candidate selects five. Examiners are looking for brief but detailed identifications that show the candidate understands the significance of the terms. Candidates should demonstrate an understanding of the historical context and the significance of the term being identified. This section is worth 25% of the exam, with points deducted for incorrect, vague or inadequate answers.
The second section, worth 75%, consists of three essays chosen from nine prompts. Candidates are expected to show as broad a range of knowledge (chronological, geographical, and by subject matter) as possible. Examiners also place emphasis on the candidate’s ability to synthesize scholarly debate on key issues, and look for the candidate’s ability to express a clear, coherent argument based on detailed engagement with ancient sources and modern scholarship pertinent to the topic. Answers should combine a discussion of appropriate, specific case studies with a broader analysis positioning the question within current critical paradigms.
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The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment