International Catacomb Society Shohet Scholars Research Grants

International Catacomb Society Shohet Scholars Research Grants

Award Amount: $2,000 to $30,000

Number of Awards: Not known

Deadline: January 15, 2018

Winner Announcement: May 1, 2018

Brief Description:

The International Catacomb Society is inviting applications for the Shohet Scholars Research Grants on the Ancient Mediterranean for US and Non-US Citizens. It is provided to promote awareness of the need for the preservation, restoration, and maintenance of the Jewish catacombs in Rome, and of other sites which likewise manifest the cultures and customs of religions under the Roman Empire, and to document such activities.

Host Institution:

The International Catacomb Society, Inc. is a U.S. public charity that strives to increase knowledge about the interconnections between Judaism, Christianity, and the surrounding ancient world. In November 1999, the International Catacomb Society announced their sponsorship of the Estelle Shohet Brettman Memorial Lecture Series at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in the Department of Ancient Art.


To eligible, the candidates must meet all the following criteria:

  • Scholars of all institutional affiliations and independent scholars may apply for Shohet Scholar funding if they are individual or institutional members of the ICS and in possession of a doctoral degree or the equivalent.
  • Preference will be given to applicants in the early postdoctoral or launching stage of their careers (i.e., persons awarded the doctorate within six years prior to the application deadline).
  • Non-U.S. citizens may apply if a co-applicant is a legal resident or native or naturalized citizen of the U.S.A., meets all eligibility requirements, and has a genuinely collaborative and credited leadership role in the proposal.
  • Co-applicants must submit as individuals all the necessary forms except for the research proposal, list of permissions, and budget proposal, which may be filed jointly.
  • Employees, contractors, and members of the Board of Directors or Advisory Board of the ICS and their families are ineligible.
  • No applicant will be denied consideration or selection because of race, religion, or ethnic origin.

Instructions for Applying:

Include copies of the following:

  • Applicant cover sheet (available at
  • Applicant’s curriculum vitae (4 pages or less)
  • Research proposal not exceeding 2000 words (10 pages, double-spaced)
  • Abstract of the proposed research and its significance (100 words or less)
  • Statement of permissions acquired for research and/or publication if the applicant proposes to conduct archaeological fieldwork or advance a project involving items in museum collections or archives, or for other situations requiring permissions
  • Budget proposal.

Supporting Documents:

In addition to the application materials submitted by the applicant, the following documents are also required:

  • Letters of recommendation from two individuals should be emailed directly by the writers to the Shohet Scholars Program. These letters should address, in particular, characteristics and personal qualities indicative of the likelihood the applicant will carry out the research, contribute to the objectives of the program, and make a significant contribution to his or her field.
  • A letter from the applicant’s department chairperson or other institutional officer confirming institutional support for the project should be emailed directly to the Shohet Scholars Program.

Submitting Details:

In order to apply, applications, supporting documents, and communications with the Shohet Scholars Program must be in English and should be submitted as email attachments in Word or PDF format to

Award Description:

The International Catacomb Society, Inc. will provide awards in the range of $2,000 to $30,000.

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