Thursday, 1 September 2016

Research scholarship on the “dark side” of Vesuvius - Call for applications

Research scholarship on the “dark side” of Vesuvius - Call for applications

The Apolline Project is a multi-disciplinary research project investigating the northern ‘dark side’ of Vesuvius examining several sites in the area as case studies for archaeological investigation of the ancient territories of Neapolis and Nola. Since its foundation in 2004 the project has yielded important results in various fields of study including archaeology, volcanology, and paleobotany (a complete list of publications is available here:

In the spirit of fostering research on the ancient territories of Neapolis and Nola we are delighted to announce that this year we will be able to offer four awards for fellow non-Italian researchers in the ongoing season. Thanks to the generosity of the AREC – the association of the former regional counsellors of Campania – there will be one scholarship of € 1000 and three of € 500 awarded, which will be used to support travel and research-related expenses. The candidates will be considered by a committee consisting of University professors, officers from the Superintendency, and a representative of the AREC.

The aim is to provide research worthy of publication, focusing on the study of archaeological remains from contexts following the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD in the ancient territories of Neapolis and Nola, with preference to those related to the so-called Villa of Augustus in Somma Vesuviana, the Villa with baths of Pollena Trocchia, and the other archaeological sites of this territory.

In order to be considered applicants must fit the following criteria:

                • Applicants must be enrolled at a university either as a post-graduate student or fellow.
                • Participation must be carried out during 2016.
                • Fields of research which will be considered for this award include archaeology, conservation, heritage management, public archaeology, and other subjects specifically related to the ancient territories of Neapolis and Nola.
                • Award holders are expected to submit a written report on the results of their work within a month of completion. In addition the researchers are asked to submit a digital copy of any publication or dissertation arising from this work to the archive of the Apolline Project and present the results on the events organised by project.
                • The successful candidates are expected to carry out the research in the place of the area of study (free accommodation can be provided by the Apolline Project).

How to apply

Applications will be considered on the basis of the following documents submitted by email to the Apolline Project at by 16th September 2016. The application should include:

                • a curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages);
                • a short description of the applicant’s university research and how the award would contribute to this research (maximum 1 page);
                • the contact details of two academic referees (only for post-graduates, unnecessary for established scholars).

In order to maintain a high level of professional research all applications will be carefully reviewed. In case the number of approved applications are lower than four, less scholarships will be awarded or the available funds with be redistributed as appropriate.

For any further information please contact Dr. Girolamo Ferdinando De Simone, director of the Apolline Project (

Dr. Girolamo F. De Simone
Director, Apolline Project

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