We promote Greek studies and foster wider Australian involvement with Greek cultural output.
Australian universities that have classics, ancient history and Greek studies programmes (12 in total) are institutional members and Ohio State University is a foreign institutional member. We are proud that five high schools have also chosen to become institutional members, thus underlining the importance they place on the humanities.
In addition to our fieldwork projects, we provide a number of services to our members and friends. These include various events throughout the year, including our Visiting Professorship program and a range of fellowships, scholarships and bursaries across Australia. We also publish Mediterranean Archaeology, a journal for archaeology in the Mediterranean world and organise tours to Greece.
We also support a number of publications, including periodicals and e-newsletters and house an extensive archaeological library at our Sydney offices.
Emeritus Professor Alexander Cambitoglou, AO
Commander of the Order of the Phoenix, DUniv h.c.
Alexander Cambitoglou joined the University of Sydney in 1961, and was appointed Professor of Classical Archaeology and Curator of the Nicholson Museum in 1963.
Since arriving in Australia, Professor Cambitoglou has worked to promote Australian research in Greece, beginning in 1967 with the establishment of the Australian excavations at the Geometric settlement of Zagora on Andros, a collaboration between the Athens Archaeological Society and the University of Sydney.
He became the Arthur and Renee George Professor of Classical Archaeology in 1978 and retired from his Chair, becoming Emeritus Professor, in 1989. Perhaps the greatest legacy Professor Cambitoglou has provided Australian scholars working in Greece was the establishment of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, founded in 1980.
He continued as the Curator of the Nicholson Museum until December 2000 and retired from the position of AAIA Director in 2016.
We are not a government-funded organisation. Your support helps continue important archaeological work in Australia and Greece. Donors who gift $50 or more per annum (or in the case of a student, $20 or more) are recognised as Individual Members of the Institute. All donations are tax deductible.
To become a member or renew an existing membership, simply download and complete the donation form (pdf, 868KB).
Please complete the form and post to:
The Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens
Madsen Building (F09)
The University of Sydney, NSW 2006
We provide a range of fellowships, scholarships and bursaries across Australia. Many are offered through our Institutional members such as universities or high schools while others are offered through the Societies of Friends located in each state.
If you are interested in such scholarships please contact your local Friends group or Institutional Member. The three scholarships offered via the Sydney headquarters of the Institute are listed below.
This Fellowship is to support travel to Greece for research purposes by Australian postgraduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and academics from Australian universities. Scholars from the fields of Prehistoric and Classical Archaeology, History and Literature, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies who need to spend time for their research in Greece are eligible to apply.
Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents in Australia working/studying at an Australian university and must have a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours or equivalent qualifications.
The value of the fellowship is A$15,000, plus a 20% discount on accommodation at the AAIA Hostel.
The next Fellowship will be offered for 2019/2020. Applications open late 2018. Download the AAIA Fellowship information sheet (pdf, 1.6MB).
The Olwen Tudor Jones Scholarship for Archaeological Fieldwork in the Mediterranean was offered by the Society of Mediterranean Archaeology (SoMA) for the first time in 2001.
In January 2002 the Council of SoMA voted to rename the scholarship in memory of Olwen Tudor Jones. Subsequently, after generous donations were received from Olwen's family and friends, a capital preserved trust was set up. It is this trust, subsequently augmented by funds raised from SoMA events that finances the annual scholarship.
The scholarship is offered to a University of Sydney student of archaeology, or associated field, of high academic achievement for the purpose of partially funding that student's travel costs to participate in fieldwork in the Mediterranean region. Preference is given to a student who will be working on a University of Sydney project, and to a student who has not previously participated in an archaeological project in the Mediterranean before.
Applications for the 2018 scholarship are now closed.
For further information and guidelines, please download the information guide (pdf, 57KB).
You are welcome to apply for the scholarship if participating in any excavation in the Mediterranean, especially as in some years there may be no active University of Sydney projects in the region. Please contact the AAIA if you would like advice on suitable field schools etc in your area of interest.
Applications for December 2018 are now closed.
The Contemporary Creative Residency program was initiated in 2014. It is open to professional Australian artists and writers (emerging and established) who:
The award offers the opportunity to spend a month working and researching in Athens and includes:
To foster a creative atmosphere, the Contemporary Creative Resident shares the hostel with the University of Wollongong Artist in Residence.
Each December the entire hostel becomes a place of creative contemplation, cultural exploration and artistic activity, thus promoting Hellenic studies as per the core objective of the Institute.
It is intended that by directly engaging with and supporting creative practitioners the aims of the AAIA can be innovatively interpreted for our members and the wider community, both within Australia and Greece, and reach a broader audience.
Reports from AAIA Artists-in-Residence are published in the AAIA Bulletin.
‘Pompeii Revisited: The Life and Death of a Roman Town.’ Presented by Professor Jean-Paul Descoeudres
4 Saturdays from 9 Feb–2 Mar 2019
The ancient city of Pompeii, on the Campanian coast of Italy, is more than a city frozen in time. Pompeii was a living, breathing city for centuries before the eruption of Vesuvius buried the city in AD 79. This engaging, four-week lecture series will chart the evolution of Pompeii from its earliest settlement, through its Hellenistic phase, to the Pompeian stand against Rome in the Social War, when Sulla laid siege to the city. We shall explore the transformation of the town from a Roman colony to an Imperial city. We survey the growth of Pompeii under the Empire and consider the possibility of decline following a serious earthquake in AD 62. We examine the evidence for the date of the eruption, and observe the impact of the city’s modern discovery and long-term archaeological investigations. We will explore public and private architecture, the artistic and economic life of the city to gain an understanding of the cultural and archaeological treasure the city represents.
The series will be presented by Professor Jean-Paul Descoeudres (left) who taught at the University of Sydney from 1973 to 1996, when he was appointed to the Chair of Classical Archaeology at the University of Geneva. Between 1976 and 1984, he led the Australian Expedition to Pompeii, and developed the Rediscovering Pompeii exhibition at the Australian Museum in 1994–95. He is the main author of the well-known volume Pompeii Revisited: The Life and Death of a Roman Town. Jean-Paul currently holds Honorary Professorships at the universities of Sydney and Geneva and is the editor of the peer-reviewed journal Mediterranean Archaeology.
Since 1982, our Institute has relied upon support from an Australia-wide network of friends groups. Our friends make significant contributions to the Institute in terms of its finances and also promote archaeology and Hellenic studies through their diverse activities.
The University of Sydney Friends of the AAIA - SoMA is designed to promote the study of archaeology through lectures, seminars, other educational events and social functions. SoMA hold fund raising events to showcase the research undertaken at the AAIA and the University of Sydney, to support their excavations, and to help students in gaining practical archaeological experience in the Mediterranean.
All funds generated by SoMA are dedicated to financial assistance for Australian archaeological projects overseas and for the Olwen Tudor Jones Scholarship (see ablove for details).
Nicholson Museum A14
University of Sydney
+61 2 9351 7387
Prof. Elizabeth Minchin. FAHA
The Canberra (ANU)
Friends of the AAIA
c./ Prof. Elizabeth Minchin, FAHA
School of Literature, Languages & Linguistics,
College of Arts & the Social Sciences
AD Hope Building (14)
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200 Australia
The SA Friends of the AAIA (Inc)
PO Box 701, Torrensville Plaza
MILE END SA 5031
+61 404 145 455