• 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

Albright Fellows 2017-2018

The W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research is pleased to announce fellowship recipients for next academic year 2017-2018. Congratulations to all!

Seymour Gitin Distinguished Professors:

Andrea Berlin, Boston University, “Beyond the Temple: Jewish Material Life from the Maccabees to the Revolt”

David Graf, University of Miami, “The History of the Nabataeans: Rome’s Arabian Client-Kingdom”

Frerichs Annual Professors:

Steven Fine, Yeshiva University, “A Carrousel of Color: Polychromy in Jewish Visual Culture in Late Antiquity”

Cynthia Shafer-Elliott, William Jessup University, “Household Archaeology at Tell Halif”

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows:

Aaron Brody, Pacific School of Religion & Graduate Theological Union, “The Material Religion of Judean Households: Contextual Analyses of Ritual Objects from Iron II Tell en-Nasbeh”

Rangar Cline, University of Oklahoma, “Sacred Travel in the Roman Empire and the Making of Christian Pilgrimage”

Megan Nutzman, Old Dominion University, “Asclepius and Elijah: Ritual Healing in Roman and Late Antique Palestine”

Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Fellows:

Alex Brey, Bryn Mawr College, “The Caliph’s Prey: Hunting in the Visual Cultures of the Umayyad Empire”

Andrew Henry, Boston University, “Lord Have Mercy!: Liturgical Acclamations and Demonological Protection in Late Antiquity”

Ian Jones, University of California, San Diego, “Sugar Production and the Political Economy of the Southern Levant during the Ayyubid Period”

George A. Barton Fellow:

Michael Johnson, McMaster University, “Reexamining the Reconstruction of 1QHodayota Digitally: A Computer-Aided Reconstruction of the Placement of Fragment 10 in Column 7”

Lydie T. Shufro Summer Research Fellow:

Noah Kaye, Indiana University, “Defining the Boundary: Public Property in Hellenistic Gezer”

Carol and Eric Meyers Doctoral Dissertation Fellow:

Daniel Waller, University of Groningen, “The Poetry of Magic: The Aramaic Incantation Bowls and the Late Antique Religious Imagination”

Marcia and Oded Borowski Research Fellow:

Geoffrey Ludvik, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Production and Trade of Carnelian Beads in the Southern Levant: Comparing the EB IV/MB I and the MB II”

Glassman Holland Research Fellow:

Christopher Hale, British School at Athens, Knossos, “The Late Bronze Age to Iron I Pottery from Tell es-Safi/Gath, Area A”

Noble Group Fellow:

Hualong Mei, Harvard University, “Continuity and Discontinuity: Terminology and Conceptions of International Relations in the Levant in the Late Bronze Age and the Iron Age”

William G. Dever Fellowship for Biblical Scholars:

Katherine Shaner, Wake Forest University

Johns Hopkins-AIAR Undergraduate Archaeological Fellowship:

Elana Neher, Johns Hopkins University

AIAR-JVRP Digital Archaeology Fellow:

Adam Prins, Durham University, “Establishing a Digital Archaeology Lab at the Albright Institute”

Albright Receives NEH Grant, Maintaining Funding through FY2021

We are thrilled to announce that the Albright Institute just received a National Endowment for the Humanities “Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions” Grant. The grant of $191,400 provides fourteen fellowship months per year for three years, plus selection costs, maintaining our current NEH funding through the 2021 fiscal year.

NEH-supported fellowships are a vital resource for community and programming at the Albright Institute, and due to their rank and scholarly achievement, these fellows become leaders within the community as models of scholarship. Selected by a rotating independent committee, NEH awardees infuse the fellowship community with fresh ideas that help to raise the standards of scholarship and level of innovation at the Institute, add diversity and richness to the program, and their research tends to reflect broader trends in the development of scholarship. These are the fellows that the Albright trusts will have significant impact in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, history, art history, and cultural heritage studies.

NEH-funded “Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions” support qualified centers and institutions to offer NEH fellowships in the humanities. Scholars can pursue their research while benefiting from the center’s special resources or its location abroad and the collegial association with other fellows. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

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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.


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, Ernest S. Frerichs Annual Professorship, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, Educational and Cultural Affairs Fellowships, Marcia and Oded Borowski Research Fellowship, Lydie T. Shufro Summer Research Fellowship, 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.