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The H.A.P.S. scholarship is possibly the first crowd-funded grant aimed at helping humanities Ph.D. students - specifically, those studying the Ancient Near East. We welcome all applicants, from all countries, as long as you are enrolled on a Ph.D. program in a field relating to the Ancient Near East - be it Archaeology, Egyptology, Hebrew Bible and North-West Semitics, Art History, or Assyriology. The grant ($2,000 for each scholar) is intended to be spent funding research conducted over Summer 2022, either in the field, on a research trip, or just sustaining yourself while you write up results and research. You must be an active Ph.D. student at the time of application, and during the summer you are requesting funding for. Sorry, but if you will graduate before the summer, you are not eligible for this scholarship!

While we have few application requirements, one of the goals of the H.A.P.S. scholarship is to bring academic research to an audience of interested non-specialists. Therefore, shortlisted applicants are required to appear on the Digital Hammurabi YouTube channel to discuss their research interests and present their summer plans, and successful applicants are further required to return to the channel to report back on their experiences. This is intended to benefit the viewing audience, but also to provide an opportunity for students to gain valuable experience in explaining their work to non-specialists. 


Funds will be distributed in two phases - 80% at the beginning of June, and the remaining 20% following the project summary presentation (to be conducted by the end of 2023)

Please read the application guidelines before you submit your application. They contain valuable information about the selection process!


Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are pleased to be able to offer two H.A.P.S. scholarships for Summer 2023.

Summer Research Grant applications are open for Summer 2023!

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