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Fellowship to a USA Scholar for Collaborative Research
in Latin Lexicography at an Institute in Munich

Thesaurus Linguae Latinae (TLL) Fellowship

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Society for Classical Studies

Deadline Date:

11/12/21 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time Receipt


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Fellowship to a USA scholar for research in the field of Latin lexicography at an institute in Germany. During the year-long program, the selected fellow will conduct research studies on Latin philology and culture, contribute entries to the lexicon project, and collaborate with other scholars in the field. In addition to the stipend, the fellow will receive funding for training, travel, and other research activities.


Every year since 1984, the Society for Classical Studies (CSC) has sent a post-doctoral Fellow to Munich to contribute to the world's most detailed lexicographical project on classical Latin, the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae. The project aims to compile a monolingual dictionary—composed in Latin. The SCS/NEH Fellow is assigned to a Redaktor (Editor) who is responsible for guiding the Fellow in the research and composition of entries for the lexicon. The entries are referred to as "articles," and each appears under its author's name, just the same as an article in a journal.

Thesaurus Linguae Latinae (TLL) Fellowship 2021-2022 Application Cycle:

The Society for Classical Studies invites applications for a one-year Fellowship that will allow an American scholar to conduct lexicographical research at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae (TLL) Institute in Munich. Fellows at the TLL develop a broadened perspective of the range and complexity of the Latin language and culture from the classical period through the early Middle Ages, contribute signed articles to the Thesaurus, have the opportunity to participate in a collaborative international research project in a collegial environment, and work with senior scholars in the field of Latin lexicography.  

The opportunity to conduct lexicographical research and contribute articles to be published in the lexicon may be of special interest to scholars who are already established in tenure-track positions, as well as those who are just entering the profession.  The Fellowship offers valuable experience for scholars in a variety of specialties (e.g., Latin language and literature, Roman law, Roman history, the literature of early Christianity).

In addition to the stipend, fellows receive additional funds before leaving for Munich to support training in Latin lexicography and (if necessary) German.  They may also receive funds for travel expenses. In certain instances the TLL Fellowship Advisory Board may also authorize support for other research activities of a Fellow.

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The Fellowship carries a stipend in the amount of $60,000.

Before leaving for Munich, fellows receive up to $1,850 in additional funds to support training in Latin lexicography and (if necessary) German.

Fellows may also request reimbursement of travel expenses for two return trips between North America and Munich, to enable the Fellow to take up the fellowship and to attend the annual SCS meeting.

Term of Contract:

The one-year Fellowship is tenable from July 2022 through June 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. In addition, all applicants must have completed all PhD requirements, including submission of the PhD dissertation, by the date on which they submit their application materials. Applicants who have completed all PhD requirements but have not yet had the degree conferred should provide a letter from their Director of Graduate Studies that states (a) that all PhD requirements are complete; and (b) the date on which the degree will be conferred.

Although it is not limited to individuals working in Latin philology, applicants should possess a thorough familiarity with and a special interest in the Latin language, as well as advanced competence in Greek. It is anticipated that applicants will already have a reading knowledge of German and will be willing to work toward proficiency in spoken German. Women and members of groups currently underrepresented in Classics are particularly encouraged to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by the deadline of Friday, November 12, 2021, at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

The selection committee will choose a short-list of candidates to be invited for interview remotely in December 2021 - January 2022 and the name of the successful candidate will be announced shortly thereafter.

Applications should be submitted by email to Dr. Helen Cullyer, Executive Director of the Society for Classical Studies. If, for some reason, it is impossible to submit these materials electronically, please contact Dr. Cullyer by phone or email for alternative instructions.

The incumbent Fellow may re-apply for a second year, but all applications will be judged on an equal footing.

For further information on Thesaurus Linguae Latinae:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications should be submitted as e-mail attachments to:
Dr. Helen Cullyer, Executive Director
Society for Classical Studies

Chairperson of the TLL Fellowship Advisory Board of the SCS:
Professor Yelena Baraz

New York University
20 Cooper Square 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003
(646) 939-0435 (Voice)

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