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February 17, 2012

CONTACT: Dorothy D. Resig
The Biblical Archaeology Society
Phone: 1.800-221-4644 ext. 242
Fax: 202-364-2636
E-mail: dresig@bib-arch.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON D.C. (February 17, 2012)—The Biblical Archaeology Society, publisher of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR), is now accepting applications for the 2012 Joseph Aviram Fellowship. The fellowship brings Israeli scholars to the United States to participate in the annual scholarly meetings of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), held in the same city every November. The 2012 meetings are in Chicago. The fellowship’s stipend of $2,500 is intended to cover the cost of the winner’s travel expenses.

The fellowship honors Joseph Aviram, former director of the Israel Exploration Society (IES). Aviram, who, at age 94, remains president of the IES, has been associated with the society for more than 70 years and, as director, oversaw the publication of countless excavation reports, encyclopedias and journals on the archaeology of Israel. He also participated in important excavations and offers sage, conciliatory advice to generations of Israeli archaeologists.

Applications for the Joseph Aviram Fellowship should be submitted to the Biblical Archaeology Society by June 1, 2012, and should include a curriculum vitae and a brief description of the subject of the paper, as well as an indication of past presentations at these meetings. Preference will be given to first- or second-time presenters. Joint applications by two or three presenters are accepted; if awarded, the presenters will split the stipend.

Applications may be e-mailed to bas@bib-arch.org with “Aviram Fellowship” in the subject line or mailed to:

Aviram Fellowship c/o Biblical Archaeology Society 4710 41st Street, NW Washington, DC 20016