Dissertation 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.

We are no longer accepting applications for this grant.

Mary Jaharis Center Dissertation Grants are awarded to advanced graduate students working on Ph.D. dissertations in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived. These grants are meant to help defray the costs of research-related expenses, e.g., travel, photography/digital images, microfilm.

Past Recipients


Ariel Fein, Yale University

Dissertation title: "The Most Wondrous of Man-Made Works": George of Antioch's Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio and the Arab-Christian Community of Norman Sicily

Franka Horvat, UCLA

Dissertation title: Insular Networks in the Middle Ages: The Art and Architecture of the Elaphiti Islands, Croatia

Mark Huggins, University of Edinburgh

Dissertation title: The Reception of John Chrysostom in Byzantium: A Study of the Catechetical Homily on Pascha

Hallvard Indgjerd, University of St. Andrews

Dissertation title: Settlement and Contact on Late Roman and Byzantine Naxos


Megan Boomer, University of Pennsylvania

Dissertation title: Landscapes of Salvation: Architecture and Memory in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem

James Morton, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation title: Byzantine Canon Law and Medieval Legal Pluralism: The Southern Italian Manuscripts (10th–14th Centuries)

Daria Resh, Brown University

Dissertation title: Early Metaphraseis in Byzantine Hagiography (c. 800–c. 1000)


Shannon Steiner, Bryn Mawr

Dissertation title: Byzantine Enamel and Material Power, Ninth to Fifteenth Centuries

Courtney Tomaselli, Harvard University

Dissertation title: Piety, Patronage, Praxis: The Byzantine Psalter Vaticanus Graecus 1927


Evan Freeman, Yale University

Dissertation title: Ritual Object, Ritual Space: Art, Agency, and Performance in the Middle Byzantine Liturgy

Theodora Konstantellou, University of Athens

Dissertation title: Defining Factors in Local Artistic Production in the Periphery of Byzantine World: The Case of the Island of Naxos, Greece

Alice Isabella Sullivan, University of Michigan

Dissertation title: The Painted Fortified Monastic Churches of Moldavia: Bastions of Orthodoxy in a Post-Byzantine World

A complete application includes

  • Completed online application
  • Full curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications
  • Project statement, not to exceed one thousand (1000) words, comprising (1) proposed research topic, (2) preparation to carry out proposed research, and (3) purpose of the grant. Explain how the grant will be used and how it will enable you to define and refine your eventual dissertation project
  • Budget outlining the expenses that will be covered by the grant
  • Graduate transcripts, official or unofficial
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation. Referees must submit letters through the Mary Jaharis Center's Interfolio portal. Both recommendations should be academic. Your academic adviser must be one of your referees. Referees should comment on the potential significance of the proposed research topic and the applicant’s preparation to complete the research. The letter from your academic advisor should confirm that you have completed all requirements to advance to Ph.D. candidacy. Recommendations must be signed and submitted in English on official letterhead

All material must be submitted in English through the Mary Jaharis Center's Interfolio portal.