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DAI-ANAMED Project Fellowships in Environmental Archaeology


The Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Abteilung Istanbul (DAI) and Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) invite applications again for DAI-ANAMED Project Fellowships in Environmental Archaeology to support post-doctoral scholars. The fellowships will support research on the environmental archaeology of Anatolia using approaches such as zooarcheology, archaeobotany, anthracology, environmental modelling, and related specializations. The primary responsibility of fellowship holders will be to conduct work relating to a longitudinal research project titled “Humidity & Society: 8,500 Years of Climate History in Western Anatolia” (within the DAI-Cluster “Groundcheck”). Using Neolithic through Classical period materials from excavations associated with the DAI and Koç University (e.g., Barcın Höyük, Kaymakçı, Pergamon), the project is conducting high-resolution stable isotope carbon and other analyses of ancient botanical and faunal materials to estimate past relative humidity and water availability and thus to understand past climatic conditions for agricultural and pastoral activities.

ANAMED, located in Beyoğlu, İstanbul is dedicated to fostering research on the archaeology, art, heritage, and history of Anatolia through fellowships, exhibitions, symposia, publications, and library collections and services. Selected post-doctoral fellows will work in ANAMED’s environmental archaeology laboratory as Koç University ANAMED research fellows, help develop reference collections therein, and run hands-on workshops related to the fellowship. Fellows must be resident in Istanbul but might spend up to two months elsewhere in Türkiye carrying out field work or on-site research related to the fellowship.

Successful applicants will have a strong combination of the following qualifications:

  • PhD in a related specialization (i.e., archaeology, anthropology, ancient history and/or related social sciences and humanities fields);
  • Demonstrated expertise in zooarchaeology, archaeobotany, anthracology, environmental modelling, isotope analyses in archaeology, and/or related specializations;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, organizational, and collaborative skills for working within teams;
  • Ability to work independently and to prioritize multiple, simultaneous projects;
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and spoken) in English with project-related researchers as well as Koç University faculty, administration, staff, and students; Turkish and/or German is preferred as well;
  • Flexibility in work schedule, as needed; and
  • No military obligations.

The successful applicant will be provided a fellowship stipend commensurate with experience, health benefits, a research account, and assorted other benefits.

The successful applicant will be ready to start the one-year fellowship on 27 September 2021. Renewal thereafter is contingent on project progress and available funding.

Required application materials include;

(1) an application letter detailing the applicant’s relevant experience and motivation to win a fellowship;

(2) a Curriculum Vitae; and

(3) the names and emails of two referees familiar with the applicant’s experience. Up to two relevant publications or writing samples are welcome, also. Applicant materials must be submitted via email to Application files should be saved as MSWord or PDF files, with filenames containing the applicant’s last name. Questions should also be addressed to


The application review process will proceed until the position is filled.