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(Non-CAM event): Harvard/Max Planck PhD Fellowship Program and Student Symposium October 29th on Science of the Human Past

Michael McCormick, Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History at Harvard, has asked CAM to announce an opportunity for graduating seniors, and potentially for Master’s students, to participate in a Symposium scheduled at Harvard University on Saturday, October 29th as part of their Initiative for the Science of the Human Past (, a collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (Jena, Germany).  Students will have an opportunity to present cross-disciplinary research which utilizes modern scientific tools and knowledge to illuminate the history of humanity, and to network with other students and faculty members similarly engaged.  An interest in the Ancient Mediterranean is desirable but not indispensable.

The Symposium will also be an opportunity to learn about a new PhD Fellowship opportunity for the 2017-2018 academic year and beyond.  Through a collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Harvard is expecting to offer up to three 5-year fully-funded PhD fellowships for study and research on the science of the human past.  PhD degrees will be awarded through Harvard University, notably in the following departments:

  • The Archaeology Program within the Anthropology Department
  • History
  • Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
  • Additional Departments Forthcoming

Candidates for the Fellowship will apply for admission to one of these Harvard University PhD Programs to be considered eligible for this full funding opportunity through the Max Planck-Harvard collaboration.  Applicants must specify their interest in the SoHP Fellowship Program at the top of the application, and must additionally send a copy of the application to, or via mail to:

Lisa Ransom Lubarr
Harvard University
Robinson Hall M-03
35 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA02138

For students coming from outside the Boston/Cambridge area for the October 29th Symposium, a limited number of awards of up to $500 to defray lodging and travel costs are available.  Students interested in applying for the Symposium should arrange to send a letter of application, along with an abstract of research to be presented, a CV, an academic transcript, and a letter of recommendation.

Inquiries can be sent to:

Earlier Event: October 21
Gilles Bransbourg (ANS/ISAW)
Later Event: November 11
Refuge and Refugees in the Ancient World