Bringing academic

research to

non-academic audiences.

Because we believe that the ancient world is for everyone.


To provide funding for Ph.D. students researching the Ancient Near East, while encouraging them to develop the necessary skills to share their research with an interested, non-specialist audience.

Tougher still when you have to take out a loan, or get a second job just to survive the summer. Our summer grants are designed to help bridge the gap between semesters, providing funding for whatever the applicant needs - be it travel expenses for conferences, training programs or archaeological digs, or paying their rent while they write up their research.

Working on a Ph.D. is tough.

Past Projects

3D scanning cuneiform at Brown University.
Cultural memory, intertextuality and the Hebrew Bible.
Isotopic sampling to understand human-animal interactions in early urban sites

Questions? Contact us!


Receiving the H.A.P.S. grant from Digital Hammurabi was more than just much-needed funding for my summer work. The interview process provided valuable experience in presenting my work in an accessible and engaging way, with many thanks to Josh and Megan for the help! After the first interview I knew that even if I had not received the grant, I had made a great connection in public scholarship in the Digital Hammurabi team. The work I was able to do with the support of H.A.P.S. has come to define my research. I love this work and it would not have been possible without H.A.P.S.

—  Sara Mohr, Brown University
HAPS 2019


Putting outreach and research at the center of everything we do.

Engaging non-specialists in academic research isn't always easy...

Explaining academic research can be really difficult.

...especially when that research involves cultures and societies completely removed from our own. Everyone who donates to H.A.P.S. gets given the option to vote on the research they'd most like to see funded, giving them a personal stake in the research process, and inviting them to become invested in the academic experience.

Our application process requires short-listed candidates to talk about their work to, and take questions from, an audience of interested non-specialists, giving them valuable experience in scientific communication. Successful applicants get the chance to hone this skill further when they give their debrief interview after their funded research is complete, explaining their results and experiences.


HAPS provides a wonderful opportunity for academic students to take steps to inform the populace with well-researched, peer-reviewed studies...The HAPS grants allow promising young academics to focus on their chosen field of research, which in turn enhances our understand of our civilization.

Chip, Australia

We need the loud and clear voice of actual experts calling the impostors out on their lies and making it harder to indoctrinate people.

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