Call for Applications for a Fellowship Archaeology – From 1.10.2024

Call for Applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship

The PLuS Foundation Basel ( invites applications for a
postdoctoral fellowship of two years from 1.10.2024 to support a study in the field of

Archaeology of the Sacred and Archaeology of Cultic Practice: the Dimension of the Sacred in the Greek and Roman Worlds

Funding is provided for a research project in the field of the ‘archaeology of the sacred and of
cultic practice’ which is committed to the study of antiquity in a comprehensive framework
integrating archaeological research with the study of the socio-anthropological and cultural
context of the ancient world. Such an approach reflects the fact that the “dimension of the
sacred” encompasses very different facets of ancient reality: religious, social, political and
cultural. Accordingly, projects are expected to cut across disciplinary boundaries, connecting
a range of intersecting research fields: from the archaeology of cultic or ritual practice to
studies in the history of religion, and from anthropology to the phenomenology of social
In terms of chronology, ethno-geography and cultural cultural history, the research project
should concentrate on the classical cultures: i.e. the cultures of Greece and Magna Graecia as
well as Etruscan, Italic and Roman cultures, from the beginning of the Archaic period to the
end of the Imperial age.
In terms of methodology, they should focus particularly on the analysis and interpretation of
archaeological findings (sacred spaces or sacred architecture and objects such as sanctuaries,
temples, altars, votive deposits), contextualising the material legacy of the ancient cultures in
space and time in a theoretically nuanced way (in terms of the history of religion,
anthropology, sociology).
The research projects should be characterised by:

  • an integrated research perspective that incorporates a broad spectrum of methods;
  • methodological innovativeness;
  • a contribution to the further development of research into the religious practice in classical antiquity.

The resulting studies may be written in English, French, German or Italian.

Stipend, duration and eligibility criteria

Fellows are offered a stipend of 1.800 € per month which includes all potential levies and
taxes. It is the fellows’ responsibility to check if the stipend is subject to taxation in their
country of residence. The maximum duration of the fellowship is two years. The prerequisite
for application is a completed doctorate (PhD) in one of the following subject areas: Classical
Archaeology, Ancient History, Anthropology and History of Ancient Religion. An application
may not be submitted more than eight years after completion of the doctorate.

Further particulars

  • A fellow’s additional earnings may not exceed 12.000 € / year.
  • The stipend is paid in instalments of which the first is paid at the start of the Fellowship to
    cover the first six months; further instalments are paid quarterly. At the end of the fifth month,
    as well as every six months thereafter, Fellows are required to submit a report on the status of
    their work. The disbursement of funds is conditional on the positive evaluation of the
    respective report by the Foundation
  • A final report of two pages is to be submitted no later than three months after the end of the
    funding period; it will be published on the Foundation’s homepage.
  • It is desirable that Fellows be affiliated with an established scientific institution such as a
    university or a research institute, as evidenced by a letter of confirmation from the respective

Application procedure

The application may be written in English, French, German or Italian. The dossier is to be
submitted electronically in a single PDF file, uploaded via the web-form on the Foundation’s
homepage; it must contain the following documents:

  • (1) Completed application form (web-form on the Foundation’s homepage).
  • (2) CV incl. list of publications; in addition, candidates are required to submit a maximum of three of their publications of their choice (to be uploaded in separate pdf files via the web form)
  • (3) Detailed description of the research project that may not exceed a maximum of 25,000 characters (including spaces); it is to be structured as follows:
    • Research question and research context
    • State of previous research, detailing the innovativeness of the proposed project
    • Applicant’s own previous research
    • Objectives and expected results
    • Approach in terms of method and theoretical horizon
    • Feasibility of the project within the funding period, with details on existing contacts and agreements with the relevant authorities (such as superintendencies, archaeological offices etc.) as well as research laboratories, including access to specific instruments, databases etc. already available at the time of application
    • Objectives and expected results
    • Project schedule and milestones
  • Bibliography (limited to the most important titles)


The Foundation does not accept applications that are also submitted to other funding institutions at the same time or within six months.

Relatives of members of the Beirat or the Stiftungsrat of PLuS up to the fourth degree may not submit an application.

Evaluation procedure and decision

All applications are reviewed by the Beirat of the PLuS Foundation, which may consult
external reviewers. The final decision is made by the Foundation’s Stiftungsrat, which
publishes the result of the selection process on the Foundation’s homepage. The successful
applicant will be notified of the decision via e-mail by 15.9.2024. The successful applicant may
start their fellowship on 1.10.2024, after signing a funding agreement with PLuS. If the
first-placed applicant withdraws her/his application, the fellowship will be offered to the
next-placed candidate according to the ranking of their application. In consultation with the
Foundation, the starting date may be delayed until 31.12.2024.

Grant decisions by the Foundation are not subject to appeal.

Complete application dossiers must be submitted by 15 April 2024. Late or incomplete
applications will not be considered.

For further information, please refer to