Co-Funding Grants

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online through the Mary Jaharis Center's Interfolio portal. Application materials will not be accepted via email or postal mail. Required documentation.

Applications will be accepted from Nov 1, 2023–Feb 1, 2024

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Mary Jaharis Center Co-Funding Grants promote Byzantine studies in North America. These grants provide co-funding to organize scholarly gatherings (e.g., workshops, seminars, small conferences) in North America that advance scholarship in Byzantine studies broadly conceived. We are particularly interested in supporting convenings that build diverse professional networks that cross the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines, propose creative approaches to fundamental topics in Byzantine studies, or explore new areas of research or methodologies.

Past Recipients


Rev. Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos, Catholic University of America

Event: The Liturgies of the Church of Alexandria: From Late-Antique Origins to the Medieval Heritage. Award amount: $5000

The Institute for the Study of Eastern Christianity at The Catholic University of America, with the cooperation of the Liturgy Chair at the University of Regensburg (Germany) and the St. Athanasius and Saint Cyril Coptic Orthodox Theological School, on September 21-23, 2023 organized and hosted the International Symposium “The Liturgies of the Church of Alexandria: From Late-Antique Origins to the Medieval Heritage”.

This international symposium gathered 20 outstanding scholars from all over the world, each the top specialist in their respective fields, and was, globally, the first ever such conference dedicated in such breadth to the investigation of the Liturgy of Alexandria, its origins, its impact and its legacy. It covered the early Alexandrian tradition, the Greek speaking Chalcedonian tradition, the Coptic tradition, the Ethiopian tradition, and the now extinct Nubian tradition, through biblical, liturgical, patristic, and ascetical texts, through papyrus, parchment and paper manuscripts and fragments, through wall inscriptions, and architectural studies. The conference was well received and well attended. Thanks to the excellence of the presentations, the liveliness of the discussions and exchanges, and the originality of the research, the papers of the conference will be published in a volume by the Catholic University of America Press.  In this way, this conference will have a lasting impact in the scholarly world and interested scholars may enjoy the wisdom, knowledge, and research shared during the conference. 

The two public lectures, one by Maxwell Johnson and one by Bishop Kyrillos, were also live-streamed and are available for viewing on the Institute for the Study of Eastern Christianity's YouTube page.

This conference would not have been possible without the generous support of the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture.

Additional support was received from the Center for the Study of Early Christianity, the Institute of Christian Oriental Research and the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies, all at The Catholic University of America, Dumbarton Oaks, the St. Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society, St Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, St. Philopater Coptic Orthodox Church, and Meda Coffee and Kitchen Ethiopian Restaurant. 


Sharon E. J. Gerstel, UCLA

Event: Byzantium and the Generation of the 1930s. Award amount: $2500

A complete application includes

  • Completed online application. Application requires basic information about the proposed gathering (grant amount requested, title, date, venue); event administration and organization (individuals involved in planning, organizing, and running the event); organizing partners and funding sources (other institutions involved with organizing and funding the gathering and dollar amounts committed; other potential funding sources); concise statement of rationale and objectives (no more than 200 words); event structure (length, format, and structure of the gathering); essential bibliography (5–7 publications that focus on the central issues to be covered in the event); communication plan (event publicity and dissemination of outcomes).
  • Organizer’s full curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications.
  • If applicable, Co-organizer’s full curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications.
  • Project description of no more than 1000 words. The description should include 1) purpose and significance of the gathering, 2) structure of the convening and methodological approach, and 3) expected outcomes and steps for furthering the objectives of the event. Applicants are encouraged to review the stated evaluation criteria and address them in their application material.
  • Complete list participants. List all the individuals who have been invited to participate. Give their name, their affiliation, and field of expertise. Provide a short description of their scholarly contribution to the convening (no more than a sentence or two).
  • Budget. A detailed, realistic, complete budget for the gathering. Budgets must indicate expenditures that will be funded by the Mary Jaharis Center Co-Funding Grant and by already committed funds. Applicants must use budget template provided by the Mary Jaharis Center. Applicants are advised that a lack of budgetary detail will harm an application's chances. DOWNLOAD BUDGET TEMPLATE. Please save and upload your budget as a PDF. When exporting your budget, please check that all of the data in each cell is visible.
  • Funding commitments. Applicants should include a commitment letter from each funding source identified in the online application form. Letters should state the dollar amount committed and be written on institutional letterhead. Please combine all letters and upload as a single PDF. 

All material must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center's Interfolio portal. Detailed information about submitting your application through Interfolio can be found at this link. Late applications will not be accepted.