Call for Applicants to the 2022-2023 Shohet Scholars Grant Program

Estelle Shohet Brettman founded the International Catacomb Society (ICS) in 1980. Her approach was ecumenical, and her intent was to promote the preservation, restoration, and documentation of the catacombs in Rome and elsewhere that contain paintings, epigraphy, and artifacts depicting the cultures and customs of early religions under the Roman Empire. The Shohet Scholars Program, established by the ICS in 2001, is an effort to further Mrs. Brettman’s aims.

This annual grant program funds research on the Ancient Mediterranean from the Hellenistic Era to the Early Middle Ages. Shohet Scholars may do their research in the fields of archeology, art history, classical studies, history, comparative religions, or related subjects. Of special interest are interdisciplinary projects that approach traditional topics from new perspectives.

One or more Shohet Scholars will be selected each year. The primary intent of the grant is to support significant, innovative research that can be completed and reported upon within and shortly after the award period. Grants may be made to seed innovative approaches and new ideas or to cover specific expenses or phases of a larger project under the direction of the applicant. At this time, awards in the range of $2,000 to $30,000 will be made.


  • Scholars must be individual or institutional members of the ICS by the submission deadline.
  • Already hold a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree or the equivalent.
  • Non-U.S. citizens may apply if a co-applicant is a legal permanent resident or citizen of the U.S.A., meets all eligibility requirements, and has a legitimately active and credited leadership role in the proposal. Co-applicants must submit as individuals all the necessary forms except for the research proposal, list of permissions, and budget proposal, which may be filed jointly.

The application deadline for the 2022-2023 academic year is 15 January 2022. The award announcement for the 2022-2023 academic year will be made by 1 May 2022, for funding to be disbursed on 15 July 2022.

For more information and to apply, please visit the website.