How to Apply

The next deadline will be January 13, 2017.

Results of the 2016 grant applications were sent out via email in the beginning of April.

To apply for a White Levy Grant

  1. 1. Fill out this online form with your personal and project details

  2. 2. Email whitelev@fas.harvard.edu with your PDF application attached. See below for details on what to include in your PDF application.


The length of your application (abstract, statement of purpose, outline, schedule, data management plan, documentation, curriculum vitae, images, and budget - in that order please!) is not to exceed 12 pages, double spaced. Curricula Vitae may be considered an addition to the 12 pages. Applications should be in PDF format. All reports must be in English
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Abstract and Related Information

ABSTRACT of 1/2 to 1 page describing your project. Include the precise name(s) and location(s) of the site(s), along with the latitude and longitude coordinates. Click here to see a sample of an abstract. Do not include a cover letter. At the top of the Abstract page create a heading with your name, legal address, telephone/fax, and e-mail. Click here to see a sample of the heading.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE and significance of your project.

OUTLINE your Research Methodology, explaining in detail how you will organize and formulate your project. State specifically who will be the lead researcher and the amount of time to be spent on the project.

SCHEDULE toward publication, explaining your timetable for publication. Indicate when the document will be camera-ready and will be submitted to the Board. All copy editing and arrangements for peer review are the responsibility of the grantee. You must provide the name, address, telephone/fax numbers, and e-mail address of your intended publisher.

DATA MANAGEMENT PLAN which describes how you plan to disseminate digital products of your research, and how you intend to document and archive these digital resources for the future. Read more about the data management plan.

DOCUMENTATION of your legal right to access and to publish the material(s). This may be a permit, confirming that the researcher is conforming to all laws of the country or institution. Applicants are responsible for obtaining correct documentation and must warrant that they are not violating any third party rights to the publication of this material.

CURRICULUM VITAE, in an abbreviated form of one page, of the applicant and of all other persons directly involved in the project (one page each) must be submitted. Do not submit your bibliographies, articles, journals, offprints or textbooks.

Related Images, Maps, and/or Graphs/Charts

Applicants may attach up to 3 images (for example maps, graphs and/or charts) with captions. If these image are not included in one PDF with the rest of your application, make sure to label them with your name in the title.

Project Budget

A detailed budget (in US dollars), itemizing costs for the duration of the project (1-3 years). You may include purchases, rentals of equipment, office space, your salary, salary of support staff, and computer equipment. Applicants are responsible for purchasing equipment and for paying their own staff. All budget items must be deemed essential to the project. The maximum amount that may be awarded to any grantee is US $30,000 annually. If your budget is not included in the PDF with the rest of your application, we will accept Excel or Word format. Click here to see a sample of a detailed budget.


additional information

The Program's geographical range includes Magna Graecia and related cultures in the Mediterranean, Cyprus, the Iranian plateau, the Levant (Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel), Mesopotamia, Egypt, Nubia, Sudan, and the Anatolian peninsula. Preference is given to projects from the Neolithic to the Medieval. The Program accepts applications only for field work terminated for at least five years. Current and/or recent excavations are excluded. The Program does not support dissertation research.

The White Levy Program is primarily designed to fund the research process leading directly to, but not including, publication. The Program does not provide funds to publish final manuscripts. Grantees are expected to arrange with their publishers for peer review of their manuscripts before they submit the final manuscripts to the White-Levy Program Board. Both print and digital publications are acceptable.

Grantees will be required to sign a legal contract before allocation of funds.

Grants will be awarded for 1, 2 or 3 years, at the discretion of the Board. Applicants awarded a grant may defer for only one year. If after one year the candidate does not accept the grant, she/he must reapply. Applicants must list other grants they are receiving in connection with the project for which they are applying.

Grantees whose projects are not yet completed will NOT be considered for funding of new projects until a manuscript for the current project has been accepted by a publisher.

Program awards are given only to individuals, not to institutions. Program funds will not be awarded to institutions or to a third party designated as a replacement.

Awards will be made up to $30,000.00 USD per grantee, per year. Each grantee has the option either to accept the grant money personally, and thereby to be responsible for the taxes, or to establish an account with an institution or sponsoring agency.

Upon successfully publishing your project, please send one copy of your book to the White Levy Program office, and one copy to the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, where we have established a White Levy library. The addresses you should send the copies to are:

David M. Ratzan
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
15 East 84th Street
New York, NY 10028

The Shelby White and Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications
Harvard University, The Semitic Museum
6 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Shelby White and Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications
Harvard University, The Semitic Museum. 6 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
Telephone: (617) 495-9317 | Fax: (617) 496-8904 | Email: whitelev@fas.harvard.edu