The Ancient History program is currently paused and not accepting applications as it undergoes restructuring. Applicants interested in studying Ancient History with a strong language focus in Ancient Greek and Latin are encouraged to apply to Classics, which houses several distinguished ancient historians. The requirements for that program can be found on the Classics PhD program page.
The department offers doctoral work in the following:
|Ph.D. program in Classics||Professor Stephen Kidd|
|Ph.D. program in Ancient History||Professor Graham Oliver|
|Ph.D. track in Sanskrit||TBD|
Applying to the PhD Program
Applications for the Classics doctoral programs are due by January 1 of each year. All applicants to the program must submit a personal statement, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation (submitted directly by the letter writers). Foreign applicants must also submit the results from the TOEFL exam (some exceptions apply). GRE scores are not required for the application.
Types of Support
In the first year, fellowship support means that the student may concentrate entirely on coursework and preparation for the translation exams. In the second year, the student usually begins work as a teaching assistant, with a work expectation of not more than 20 hours per week. The stipend is obtained through this type of work, or by working as a teaching fellow, normally through the fourth year. Upon completion of the oral preliminary examination the student may apply for a dissertation fellowship from the University.
More information about support and funding can be found on the Graduate School website.
Brown University is a supporting institution of both the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the American Academy in Rome. Periods of study at one of these institutions are regularly undertaken by graduate students in the department. Substantial financial assistance to attend these programs is available for qualified graduate students. Opportunities also exist for students to spend a summer, semester, or year at other institutions abroad.
Graduate facilities at Brown are particularly rich in the fields of Greek and Latin literature, philosophy, history, epigraphy, and archaeology. Students may take related courses offered in the following programs:
- Comparative Literature
- Early Cultures
- Egyptology & Assyriology
- History of Art & Architecture
- Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World
- Medieval Studies
- Modern Greek
- Political Science
- Religious Studies