• The W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research
  • The Albright Institute. Drawing by Linda Lundbom
  • Ekron Royal Dedicatory Inscription, 7th century BCE
  • Philistine Bichrome Pottery with bird motif, Tel Miqne-Ekron, 12th/11th century BCE

News & Upcoming Events

Matthew J. Adams, Incoming Director of the W. F. Albright Institute

025-ZF-7193-55959-1-001-012 SMALLThe Trustees of the W. F. Albright Institute are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Matthew J. Adams as the next Dorot Director of the Institute, beginning June 1, 2014.

Dr. Adams comes to us from Bucknell University. He received his doctorate from Penn State University in Egyptology and Near Eastern Archaeology, where he studied with Professors Donald Redford and Baruch Halpern. He has worked on several archaeological projects in Egypt and Israel. He is currently the director of the Jezreel Valley Regional Project, and is on the staff of the Megiddo excavation. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Adams, and wishing him well as he begins his tenure as Dorot Director!

Josephine A. Verducci – Winner of the 13th Annual Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize

The William F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem is pleased to announce the winner of the thirteenth annual competition for the Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize. This award offers $650 for the best published article or paper presented at a conference by a Ph.D. candidate in Syro-Palestinian or Biblical Archaeology. Authors may be of any nationality but the article or paper must be in English.The winner this year is Josephine A. Verducci, a Ph.D. candidate in the Classics and Archaeology Department in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her paper, “A Feather in Your Cap: Symbols of Philistine Warrior Status,” was presented in November 2013 at the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research in Baltimore. The Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize was established in 2001 by Mrs. Norma Dever and Professor William G. Dever, in memory of their son Sean.

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The W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (AIAR)

The W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research-AIAR-was founded in 1900, as the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem. Its current mission is to develop and disseminate scholarly knowledge of the literature, history, and culture of the Near East, as well as the study of civilization from pre-history to the early Islamic period.

Located in an historic 1920’s-period building, now a Jerusalem landmark, the Albright maintains residential and research facilities including a 35,000 volume library, publication offices, and archaeological workshops. Annually, 65 fellows from diverse national, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, and including Israeli and Palestinians participate in AIAR’s international fellowship program. It offers a unique opportunity for interaction and the exchange of information and ideas, and promotes intellectual integrity and respect in a friendly and convivial atmosphere. This environment is not duplicated in any other similar institution in the region.

The Institute provides support for North American archaeological excavations and surveys; it also promotes working relationships with other local and foreign institutions in Israel and fosters friendly interaction with the neighboring community.

Fellowships

The Albright Institute provides up to $325,000 in fellowships and special awards each year for senior, post-doctoral, doctoral, and independent scholars. These include the prestigious Seymour Gitin Distinguished Professorship, Annual Professorship, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, Ernest S. Frerichs Fellow and Program Coordinator Fellowship, Educational and Cultural Affairs Fellowships, Noble Group Fellowships for Chinese Scholars, Glassman Holland Research Fellowship for European Scholars, George A. Barton Fellowship, Carol and Eric Meyers Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, and Associate Fellowships.

The Ernest S. Frerichs Program for Albright Fellows

For the past 35 years the Albright Institute has developed and expanded a unique international Fellowship program opened to scholars involved in Near Eastern studies, from prehistory to the early Islamic period. Currently 64 Fellows participate in this program annually. They come from diverse cultural, ethnic, religious and political backgrounds from all over the world, including Israel and the Palestinian Authority. All work together, exchanging information and ideas in a convivial and friendly atmosphere that promotes intellectual integrity and respect, and is not duplicated in any other institution in the region.