The Theodore N. Romanoff Prize Application Guidelines

Beginning this year, the Romanoff Prize may be awarded in conjunction with an ARCE Fellowship or as a stand-alone fellowship. If awarded as a stand-alone fellowship it may be combined with other non-ARCE funding sources. One $4000 fellowship will be funded in 2022-2023.

The Prize is additionally open to non-American scholars affiliated with American colleges and universities in the US. As a condition of the award, the recipient will be required to present their research to the New York ARCE Chapter following the completion of the fellowship.


  • American citizens worldwide and non-American scholars studying or teaching at American colleges or universities in the United States
  • Doctoral candidates (ABD) and recent Ph.D. recipients (degree granted between 2017-2021)
  • Research limited to the language or historical texts of ancient Egypt, including the Coptic language as the final stage of historic Egyptian languages
  • Research must be conducted in Egypt

Important: If you are applying for an ARCE Research Fellowship in addition to the Romanoff Prize, use the ARCE Research Fellowship application and under Section 5 check the box indicating you are applying for the Romanoff Prize.
If you are applying for the Romanoff Prize ONLY, use the Theodore Romanoff Prize application.

The Application: A completed Romanoff Prize application consists of the following components:

An online application form (in conjunction with ARCE Fellowship) or Romanoff Prize
only application.

  • A 1500 word research proposal that:
  • Describes your intended research
  • Describes your research methodology(ies)
  • Demonstrates the need to consult sources in Egypt
  • Explains the scholarly significance of your research and your qualifications to undertake the research
  • Assesses the feasibility of completing your research within the proposed timeframe
  • Describes the final publication format (dissertation, book, chapter, etc.) of your research
  • Three recommendation letters for all applicants PLUS one language proficiency
  • Recommendation letter for pre-doctoral applicants
  • Graduate and undergraduate transcripts for pre-doctoral applicants. Please remove
    all password protections from transcripts prior to submission.

Ministry Security Forms:

  • Antiquities applicants:
  • Ministry of Antiquities security form
  • Passport style photograph with white background
  • One-page CV

Application Submission Deadline: January 16, 2022. Apply here