The International Catacomb Society (ICS) desires to support scholars of demonstrated promise and ability who are judged capable of producing significant, original research.

Shohet Scholars may do their research in the fields of archeology, art history, classical studies, history, comparative religions, or related subjects. The focus of the work should be within the sphere of the Mediterranean world from the late Hellenistic Period to the end of the Roman Empire. The work does not need to be related to the Roman catacombs, although applications for projects focused on the catacombs are welcome. Of special interest are interdisciplinary projects that approach traditional topics from new perspectives.

Terms of award

One or more Shohet Scholars will be selected each year and supported for a period of one year. The primary intent of the grant is to support significant, innovative research that can be completed and reported within the award period. Grants may be made to start new projects or to cover specific expenses or phases of a larger project under the direction of the applicant. At this time, awards in the range of $5,000 to $30,000 will be made.


  • Scholars of all institutional affiliations who are US citizens and possess a doctoral degree or the equivalent are eligible.
  • Independent, unaffiliated scholars without doctoral credentials may be considered if judged equivalent in experience, competence, and accomplishments to other candidates.

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