Cappadocia in Context Summer Program (CAPP)


Place: Cappadocia, Nevşehir

Application Deadline: –

In 2020 and 2021 Cappadocia in Context Summer Program has been cancelled in response to the global pandemic. It is not possible to organize it as an online program because of its unique structure.

Organized by Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), with the support of Cappadocia University, this 15-days intensive program is open to the participation of young researchers at the master’s and doctoral level and aims to provide conceptualisation methods of the rich cultural heritage of Cappadocia’s Byzantine and Post-Byzantine past in the historical and artistic context, accompanied by field studies, research and presentations. Within its breathtaking volcanic landscape, Cappadocia preserves extensive rock-cut features from the Byzantine period, including more than a thousand rock-cut churches and chapels (one-third of which preserve significant elements of their painted decoration), as well as monasteries, houses, villages, towns, cemeteries, and fortresses. The region is unrivaled in terms of its material culture, but because it lacks a written history, the monuments of Cappadocia remain poorly known to most Byzantinists.

Having attended the program in Summer 2018, ANAMED 2018–2019 PhD Fellow Hugh Jeffery wrote about his impressions about the program and Cappadocia for ANAMED Blog.

The language of the program is English. For more information about the program and how to apply please see down below.

1. Requirements

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in an MA or PhD program in Byzantine Studies or a related field.
  • All instruction will be in English; reading skill in French highly recommended.

Classes & Activities

You can find the program schedule by clicking here.
Seminar classes will be conducted in Cappadocia University Campus.
Participants will have access to the Cappadocia University library throughout the program.


  • All course materials will be provided in digital format, apart from the textbook “Visualizing Community: Art, Material Culture, and Settlement in Byzantine Cappadocia” by R.G. Ousterhout (Dumbarton Oaks, 2017).
  • A seminar room with a small research library, with basic books will be available for use at all hours.
  • Please make sure to have your own digital camera and your own laptop with you for preparation for seminar reports.

4. Instructors

Prof. Robert OUSTERHOUT (University of Pennsylvania)

Prof. Ousterhout (PhD University of Illinois) is Professor Emeritus in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught 2007-17. A recognized specialist in Byzantine architecture, his research focuses on the documentation and interpretation of the vanishing architectural heritage of the eastern Mediterranean. His current fieldwork concentrates on Byzantine architecture, monumental art, and urbanism in Constantinople, Cappadocia, and Jerusalem. Since 2011 he has co-directed the “Cappadocia in Context” graduate seminar. His most recent book is Visualizing Community: Art Material Culture, and Settlement in Byzantine Cappadocia, Dumbarton Oaks Studies 46 (Washington, DC, 2017). A textbook, Eastern Medieval Architecture, is due from Oxford University Press in 2019, sponsored by the Onassis Foundation.

Doç. Dr. Tolga UYAR (Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş University)

Dr. Uyar (PhD in Byzantine Art History at the University of Paris 1) is currently working as Associate Prof. at Nevşehir HBV University Department of Art History. His primary areas of specialization are Byzantine art, architecture and archaeology, with special emphasis on the monumental painting and material culture of Cappadocia, his broader research interests include the interactions between visual, written, oral, and material cultures in the Middle Ages; the issues related to the study of the religious landscapes in the eastern Mediterranean; the nexus of archaeology, history, anthropology, popular piety and beliefs, and social agency in art; and the questions of identity as they relate to artistic production. Tolga Uyar is co-directing the Cappadocia In Context graduate seminar since 2011.

5. Certificates and Transcripts

ANAMED issues certificates to all students who successfully complete the program. If you need an officially issued transcript, please be in touch in a timely manner with

6. Accommodation

Participants will stay in the dorms of Cappadocia University, in shared double rooms. All breakfasts, dinners, and most lunches will be provided. Wireless internet service is gratis. 

7. Arrangements 

  • Airfare, visa arrangements and personal expenses are each participant’s own responsibility.
  • Travel insurance and health insurance is mandatory for all students. ANAMED does not take any responsibilities.
  • Participants must arrange their own transportation to/from Cappadocia. Ground transportation to Mustafapaşa is available from the Nevşehir and Kayseri airports but should be reserved in advance. Daily transportation to and from site visits is provided. Regular public minibus service connects Mustafapaşa and Ürgüp.
  • Cappadocia has a rugged landscape; participants should be in good physical condition, bring sturdy footwear, and be prepared to walk or hike several kilometers each day.

8. Fees

Tuition for Summer 2020 is $2500 USD. It includes accommodation in Cappadocia, course materials, all expenses of field trips, breakfasts, dinners and most lunches.

9. Scholarships 

We will offer a limited number of scholarships based on need and merit. Please indicate your wish to be considered for a scholarship by adding an additional paragraph to your Statement of Purpose.

The scholarships can be categorized as:

  • Full Scholarships (Candidates will only be required to pay for airfare and personal expenses.)
  • Half Scholarships (Candidates will be asked to pay half of the total tuition. They will also be asked to pay for airfare and personal expenses.)

The scholarships are provided by Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), Koç University,The Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities (GSSSH) (only to Koç University students), Koç University Stavros Niarchos Foundations Center for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies (GABAM) and Private Benefactors.

10. How to Apply

Before you apply, please do not forget to review “1. Requirements” section and make sure that you are eligible to apply. The entire application should be written in English.

To complete your application, please fill in the Application Form and ask from your recommender to submit a recommendation letter in English directly via e-mail to before the deadline. It is each applicant’s responsibility to request his/her own reference letter. ANAMED does not contact recommenders. It is each applicant’s responsibility to request letters from her/his recommenders.

It is important to underline that, owing to the functionality of the online form, the application must be completed and submitted in one session without closing the browser window. For a list of information required in the application form, click here.

Application Deadline:9 March 2020
The results will be announced before the first week of May.

Please kindly get in contact with for further inquiry.