The Herman & Mary K. Seibel Fellowship in the Syriac Digital Humanities

August 10, 2021—Piscataway, NJ.
Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute is offering a Digital Humanities Fellowship to begin in the Fall of 2021 either for a full year or for six months.
The Institute invites graduate students and recent graduates to apply for a Digital Humanities Fellowship in Syriac studies. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on a new initiative of the Institute to build a philologically-motivated text corpus and will also work on expanding the linguistic features of the Syriac Electronic-Data Research Archive. The successful candidate will get the chance to learn best practices in the Digital Humanities.
Candidates must have excellent knowledge of Syriac (especially morphology), are enrolled in a graduate program (Master or PhD), or are recent graduates. Non-academic candidates from within the Syriac-using tradition who know Classical Syriac very well are also encouraged to apply and will be introduced to the world of Syriac academia.


The successful candidate will receive a stipend which can be used towards accommodation, travel, or living expenses for the duration of the Fellowship, a book grant from Gorgias, and free admission to the summer Syriac course program. (The Institute holds annual courses teaching the Syriac language: Syriac I is for students with no prior experience in Syriac. Syriac II is geared towards students who have already done Syriac and would like to dig deeper into the grammar and nuances of the language. The successful candidate will be receiving free enrollment to Syriac II for the summer of 2022.
The successful candidate may choose to complete the Fellowship at the Institute or, if travel is prohibitive, at their current institution provided that they are available during the term of the Fellowship via Skype/WhatsApp. The successful candidate will be named The Herman & Mary K. Seibel Fellow in the Digital Humanities.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and a CV to, indicating if they are applying for a six-month or one-year Fellowship. Deadline for applications is October 15, 2021. The Fellowship start date is November 1, 2021 (start date can be negotiated).

Beth Mardutho seeks to promote the study and preservation of the Syriac heritage and language and to facilitate opportunities for people to pursue the study of this ancient legacy globally. We aim to serve the academic community and the heirs of the heritage.