Lionel Pearson Fellowship

The Lionel Pearson Fellowship seeks to contribute to the training of American and Canadian classicists by providing for a period of study at an English or Scottish university. The fellowship is administered by the American Philological Association, which is the principal society in North America for the study of ancient Greek and Roman languages, literatures, and civilizations.

Pearson Fellows undertake a course of study that broadens and develops their knowledge of Greek and Latin literature in the original languages. Normally, the recipient will hold the fellowship in the academic year immediately after graduating with a bachelor's degree. The term of the fellowship is one year; the maximum award of $25,000 may be used to offset academic fees, travel expenses, housing and subsistence costs, and book purchases.


Applicants must be senior undergraduates and should have a strong background in the classical languages. Fellows are responsible for seeking and obtaining admission to the English or Scottish university where they intend to study.


Candidates for the Fellowship require nomination by a faculty member who is familiar with their work. Faculty members who wish to nominate a student for the Fellowship must send the student's name and e-mail address (please note this new requirement) to the current chair, Professor Kirk Ormand, who will send the nominator an application form and other relevant materials.  The committee discourages programs from nominating more than one student, and those desiring to make multiple nominations should contact the chair well in advance. Nominations and inquiries may be made only by e-mail to Prof. Ormand (


The deadline for receiving nominations is October 3, 2016 and full application November 14, 2016. 


Arthur D. Casciato, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey