Grants and Awards

Research scholarship on the “dark side” of Vesuvius - Call for applications

The Apolline Project is a multi-disciplinary research project investigating the northern ‘dark side’ of Vesuvius examining several sites in the area as case studies for archaeological investigation of the ancient territories of Neapolis and Nola (more here). Since its foundation in 2004 the project has yielded important results in various fields of study including archaeology, volcanology, and paleobotany (a complete list of publications is available here).

In the spirit of fostering research on the ancient territories of Neapolis and Nola we are delighted to announce that this year we will be able to offer four awards for fellow non-Italian researchers in the ongoing season. Thanks to the generosity of the ARECthe association of the former regional counsellors of Campania – there will be one scholarship of € 1000 and three of € 500 awarded, which will be used to support travel and research-related expenses. The candidates will be considered by a committee consisting of University professors, officers from the Superintendency, and a representative of the AREC.

The aim is to provide research worthy of publication, focusing on the study of archaeological remains from contexts following the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD in the ancient territories of Neapolis and Nola, with preference to those related to the so-called Villa of Augustus in Somma Vesuviana, the Villa with baths of Pollena Trocchia, and the other archaeological sites of this territory.

In order to be considered applicants must fit the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be enrolled at a university either as a post-graduate student or fellow.
  • Participation must be carried out during 2016.
  • Fields of research which will be considered for this award include archaeology, conservation, heritage management, public archaeology, and other subjects specifically related to the ancient territories of Neapolis and Nola.
  • Award holders are expected to submit a written report on the results of their work within a month of completion. In addition the researchers are asked to submit a digital copy of any publication or dissertation arising from this work to the archive of the Apolline Project and present the results on the events organised by project.
  • The successful candidates are expected to carry out the research in the place of the area of study (free accommodation can be provided by the Apolline Project).

How to apply

Applications will be considered on the basis of the following documents submitted by email to the Apolline Project at by 16th September 2016. The application should include:

  • a curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages);
  • a short description of the applicant’s university research and how the award would contribute to this research (maximum 1 page);
  • the contact details of two academic referees (only for post-graduates, unnecessary for established scholars).

In order to maintain a high level of professional research all applications will be carefully reviewed. In case the number of approved applications are lower than four, less scholarships will be awarded or the available funds with be redistributed as appropriate.

For any further information please contact Dr. Girolamo Ferdinando De Simone, director of the Apolline Project (


Upcoming scholarships

Each year, we offer a select number of scholarships to participants each worth 500 Euros. To apply, please check the box on the project application form and have two letters of recommendation sent by your referees to by Monday, May 2, 2017. Referees should be people who can speak to your academic and/or professional performance, and more generally about why you, above and beyond other participants, should be awarded the scholarship. We do require payment of the participation cost in advance of the scholarship decision. The awardee(s) will be given the scholarship prize on site as a reimbursement.

Please find below other grant opportunities.


Previous recipients of the Apolline Project Scholarship


Allan Meiriño
Allan Meiriño is a final year student at University College Dublin, Ireland, majoring in Archaeology and Latin with a particular focus on Ancient Roman Civilisation. He is a member of the UCD Ad Astra Academy for high performing scholars and a Doctor Thomas Callaghan bursary winner. He is a native of Spain and fluent in a number of languages including Spanish, Portuguese, French, English and Catalan.
He has previously worked on excavations in Ireland and Serbia, dealing with different cultures and periods.


In year 2014 two Scholarships worth € 500 each have been offered by several Campanian units of the Lions Clubs International. We thank them for their interest and support. Please find below the short biographies of the previous recipients of the scholarship.

Dylan Lindsay
I recently completed a Masters Degree in Classics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. My areas of interest include Greek decorated ceramics (the topic of my thesis) and Roman archaeology. I have been a member of this project for the past three years, excavating both at the Medieval church at Roccarainola and at the villa with baths at Pollena Trocchia.

Alex Stephens
I recently graduated from Kalamazoo College with a BA in Classical Civilizations and have plans to pursue a MA and PhD in Classical Archaeology. I participated in my first excavation last summer in Stobi, Macedonia and wrote my senior thesis on the 6th-century in-house infant burials we discovered there. This year, I'm taking a year off of school to participate in the Apolline Project for 12 weeks and gain more archaeological experience, study ancient Greek and German, and apply to graduate programs.