The Bernard and Lisa Selz Endowed Fellowship in Egyptology

The Bernard and Lisa Selz Endowed Fellowship in Egyptology at The American University in Cairo (AUC) offers a rare opportunity for full academic and partial living expenses funding for eligible students applying to the MA degree. The MA program in Egyptology has three tracks, Archeology and Art, Language and Religion, and Coptology. The program takes full advantage of being located in Egypt where students can visit and study the monuments in context, as well as gain practical experience in their chosen field.


  • Open to all nationalities
  • Full admission to the master's program in Egyptology/Coptology
  • For new graduate degree-seeking students; satisfy AUC graduate admissions requirements to the master program in Egyptology/Coptology
  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum overall grade point average GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent
  • For continuing students; to retain the fellowship, the recipient must maintain a GPA of 3.2 
  • Demonstrated or potential academic qualifications, professional experience
  • Financial need


Two semesters, with a review every semester for satisfactory academic performance.


The fellowship covers:

  • Tuition fees for a maximum of nine credits per semester
  • Stipend
  • Student services and activities fees
  • International students may be eligible for a housing allowance, based on need.

Responsibilities of Fellows

Fellows are assigned a maximum of 10 hours per week of related academic work with faculty members. By accepting this externally funded fellowship, the fellowship recipient agrees to respond to any reporting requests received from AUC by the deadlines communicated to the awarded fellow. This may include a request for photos or academic progress information to be used for reporting purposes, or attendance of fellowship events including any meetings or events with donors as requested by the relevant university entities.

  • A Teaching Assistantship mandatory training must be completed per university requirements if the fellow is involved in teaching assistantship duties.

For details and more information about teaching assistantships, click here

To Apply

Step 1: Check how to apply and submit the online application
Step 2: Complete and submit the online fellowship application

Deadline: April 15 for the fall semester and October 17 for the spring semester.
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