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Shirlee Meyers / G. Ernest Wright Excavation Fellowships

Through generous gifts made by Profs. Carol and Eric Meyers, fellowship funds have been designated to support the participation of ASOR members as volunteers or staff on excavation projects. One-half of the funds awarded each year will be in memory of Eric Meyers' mother, Shirlee Meyers. The other half of the funds each year will be in memory of Prof. G. Ernest Wright, former ASOR president and a professor of both Eric and Carol Meyers. There will be two awards of $2,000 each (one in memory of Shirlee Meyers and one in memory of G. Ernest Wright) for the summer of 2017.

Previous Recipients

Application Deadline: February 15, 2017

Application Form


Applicants must be current members of ASOR or students enrolled at an Institutional Member School. Applicants are encouraged to apply for Dever, MacAllister, Meyers, Platt, Heritage, Sheeler, Strange/ Midkiff, and Meyers/Wright Fellowships using the uniform application form. We encourage but do not require Platt and Meyers/Wright Fellows to participate on ASOR-affiliated excavations. (See list of Institutional Members.)

Preference will be given to individuals that have not received support through the ASOR excavation fellowship program or other funding sources for the summer of 2017. Additional preference will also be given to applicants who would not usually receive funding (for air fare, lodging or a stipend) from the excavation. Preference is also given to applicants who have not received ASOR funding for excavations in the past two years.

Applications from individuals must include the contact information for the director of the excavation project.

Upon completion of the field season, a report of 250-350 words and an appropriate photo (500 dpi resolution or higher) on site must be submitted to the ASOR office by August 15, 2017. Reports and photos should be sent via email with "Meyers/Wright report" in the subject line.

Grant recipients will be required to sign a waiver indicating that ASOR is not responsible for any injuries they might sustain during their time at the excavation they choose to participate in. They will also be required to sign a release of rights to ASOR for the inclusion of their report and photograph in one of ASOR's publications.