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Decorated lid of a Late Minoan IB jewelry box from Mochlos depicting a “Minoan Offering Scene” in which a pair of men and a pair of women make an offering to a Minoan goddess seated before an altar.

We award up to five fellowships and grants each year to graduate students, doctoral candidates, and post-doctoral researchers who use the resources of the Study Center to advance their work in Aegean Bronze Age scholarship. Other funding opportunities at the Study Center include support for the conservation lab, library, and many other aspects of the facility’s operation. The Friends of the INSTAP Study Center also facilitates fundraising opportunities. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Click on the “Donate Now” button located at the top and bottom of this page to make a secure donation using PayPal. You may also write a check in U.S. dollars ($) to the INSTAP Study Center for East Crete and mail it to Elizabeth Shank (elizabethshank@hotmail.com) at our U.S. Office: P.O. Box 162 Rouzerville, PA 17250. If you would like to donate in euros (€), make a check out to INSTAP Study Center for East Crete and mail it to Eleanor Huffman (eleanorhuffman@instapstudycenter.net, tel. +30-28420-93027) at the INSTAP Study Center, P.O. Box 364, Pacheia Ammos, Ierapetra, 72200, Crete, Greece.

Richard Seager Doctoral Fellowship: Fundraising Goal $3,000

The Richard Seager Doctoral Fellowship was established in 2009 with the goal of helping doctoral candidates use the resources at the Study Center to bring their dissertations closer to completion. Each year, one fellowship is awarded to a candidate working on a topic in the Aegean Bronze Age or Iron Age. The results of the recipient’s work are published in the annual Study Center newsletter, Kentro, and fellows are often invited to give online lectures for the Study Center, which are open to all who are interested. With your help, we can reach our goal of $3,000 for the next fellowship.

Harriet Boyd Hawes Fellowship: Fundraising Goal $3,000

The Harriet Boyd Hawes Fellowship was established in 2017 by a generous donation from Gloria Steinem’s Ms. Foundation for Women.  This fellowship aims to incorporate gender studies in Aegean Bronze Age and Iron Age archaeology to highlight various aspects of ancient life that have not yet received sufficient attention. This fellowship is open to graduate students and recent Ph.D. recipients in the fields of Anthropology, Art History, Ancient History, or Classics. The results of the scholar’s work are published in the annual Study Center newsletter, Kentro, and fellows are often invited to give online lectures for the Study Center, which are open to all who are interested. We hope you will help us reach our goal of $3,000 for the 2024 fellowship.

William D.E. Coulson Conservation Laboratory, Fundraising Goal: $23,000

We are currently seeking donations for one graduate student summer intern for 2024. This eight-week internship under the supervision of Kathy Hall provides “hands on” training that helps develop investigative skills with microscopes, portable XRF, and radiography in the examination of artifacts. We hope you will help us reach our goal of $3,000 for the 2024 internship.

We also hope to raise $20,000 for an Artec Eva 3D Scanner which will help our conservators record fragile artifacts on-site and enable essential object documentation in the conservation lab.

McDonald Lab of Ceramic Petrography, Fundraising Goal: $9,000

The McDonald Lab of Ceramic Petrography was founded in the summer of 2002 thanks to the vision and financial support of Dr. Jennifer Moody and Wick Dossett. This yearly four-week internship is supervised by Dr. Eleni Nodarou, director of the lab. Emphasis is given to the archaeological component of the discipline—the strategy behind sampling petrographic projects—as well as the criteria for grouping petrographic samples and the methodology of describing thin sections. We are asking for support for the 2024 graduate student petrography intern at $3,000.

We are also hoping to raise $6,000 for a Leica Petrographic Microscope at a cost of $6,000. This will upgrade our equipment and improve our thin section analysis ability and enable us to digitize our petrographic data—both crucial aspects of modern ceramic petrographic studies.

Physical Plant, Fundraising Goal: $60,000

After serving us faithfully for 27 years, our pickup truck needs to be put out to pasture! Our goal is to purchase an EV (electric vehicle) pickup truck which will serve as a model of best practice as we make the transition to green energy. The cost for this major upgrade is $60,000.

Study Center Library

We welcome any cash or book donations to our library. Please contact the current library fellow at sceclibrary@gmail.com.

Giving Levels

Patron$1,000 and up
Partner$500 – $999
Steward$100 – $499
Supporter$1 – $99
Aerial view of the Study Center in 2019.
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