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Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens

Facilitating the work of Australian academics and students
The institute is one of 16 foreign research facilities established in Athens that focus on Greek, and wider Mediterranean studies, with a heavy emphasis on archaeological fieldwork and research.

About us

We promote Greek studies and foster wider Australian involvement with Greek cultural output. 

Australian universities that have classics, ancient history and Greek studies programmes (12 in total) are institutional members and Ohio State University is a foreign institutional member. We are proud that five high schools have also chosen to become institutional members, thus underlining the importance they place on the humanities.

In addition to our fieldwork projects, we provide a number of services to our members and friends. These include various events throughout the year, including our Visiting Professorship program and a range of fellowships, scholarships and bursaries across Australia including a contemporary creative residency program open to Australian literary and visual artists. We also publish Mediterranean Archaeology, a journal for archaeology in the Mediterranean world and organise tours to Greece.

We also support a number of publications, including periodicals and e-newsletters and house an extensive archaeological library at our Sydney offices.

Our people

Emeritus Professor Alexander Cambitoglou, AO
Commander of the Order of the Phoenix, DUniv h.c.

Alexander Cambitoglou joined the University of Sydney in 1961, and was appointed Professor of Classical Archaeology and Curator of the Nicholson Museum in 1963.

Since arriving in Australia, Professor Cambitoglou has worked to promote Australian research in Greece, beginning in 1967 with the establishment of the Australian excavations at the Geometric settlement of Zagora on Andros, a collaboration between the Athens Archaeological Society and the University of Sydney.

He became the Arthur and Renee George Professor of Classical Archaeology in 1978 and retired from his Chair, becoming Emeritus Professor, in 1989. Perhaps the greatest legacy Professor Cambitoglou has provided Australian scholars working in Greece was the establishment of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, founded in 1980.

He continued as the Curator of the Nicholson Museum until December 2000 and retired from the position of AAIA Director in 2016. 


We are not a government-funded organisation. Your support helps continue important archaeological work in Australia and Greece. Donors who gift $50 or more per annum (or in the case of a student, $20 or more) are recognised as Individual Members of the Institute. All donations are tax deductible.

To become a member or renew an existing membership, simply download and complete our membership form.

Please complete the form and post to:

The Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens
Madsen Building (F09)
The University of Sydney, NSW 2006

Fellowships, scholarships and bursaries

We provide a range of fellowships, scholarships and bursaries across Australia. Many are offered through our Institutional members such as universities or high schools while others are offered through the Societies of Friends located in each state.

If you are interested in such scholarships please contact your local Friends group or Institutional Member. The three scholarships offered via the Sydney headquarters of the Institute are listed below.

This Fellowship is to support travel to Greece for research purposes by Australian postgraduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and academics from Australian universities. Scholars from the fields of Prehistoric and Classical Archaeology, History and Literature, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies who need to spend time for their research in Greece are eligible to apply. 

Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents in Australia working/studying at an Australian university and must have a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours or equivalent qualifications. 

The value of the fellowship is A$15,000, plus a 20% discount on accommodation at the AAIA Hostel.

The next Fellowship will be offered in 2021/22. 

The Olwen Tudor Jones Scholarship for Archaeological Fieldwork in the Mediterranean was offered by the Society of Mediterranean Archaeology (SoMA) for the first time in 2001. 

In January 2002 the Council of SoMA voted to rename the scholarship in memory of Olwen Tudor Jones. Subsequently, after generous donations were received from Olwen's family and friends, a capital preserved trust was set up. It is this trust, subsequently augmented by funds raised from SoMA events that finances the annual scholarship.

The scholarship is offered to a University of Sydney student of archaeology, or associated field, of high academic achievement for the purpose of partially funding that student's travel costs to participate in fieldwork in the Mediterranean region. Preference is given to a student who will be working on a University of Sydney project, and to a student who has not previously participated in an archaeological project in the Mediterranean before.

Applications for the 2019 scholarship have now closed.
Applications closed on Wednesday 1 May, 2019.

A new round of scholarships will be advertised in 2020.

You are welcome to apply for the scholarship if participating in any excavation in the Mediterranean, especially as in some years there may be no active University of Sydney projects in the region. Please contact the AAIA if you would like advice on suitable field schools etc in your area of interest.

Applications for the 2020 Residency are now open

Applications for the AAIA 2020 Contemporary Creative Residency are now welcome. Submission received later than 5PM AEST Monday 6 July 2020 will not be considered.

The AAIA Contemporary Creative Residency programme was initiated in 2014. Applications are invited from professional Australian artists and writers who:

  • work in literary or visual media 
  • maintain a strong interest in any aspect of contemporary, modern, Byantine or ancient, Greek culture. 

The award offers the opportunity to spend a month working in Athens undertaking creative research toward new bodies of work, or furthering existing creative projects in any visual or literary form.

 The award includes

  • accommodation for the month of December in the Institute's Hostel, a spacious 3-bedroom apartment located at the foot of the Acropolis
  • AAIA support and advocacy toward access to library collections, museum collections, archive collections, contemporary galleries, foundations and archaeological sites throughout Greece that may not otherwise be accessible.

With the aim of fostering an environment of creative exchange, the AAIA Contemporary Creative Residency in Athens runs concurrently with the University of Wollongong Athens Residency (hosted by the AAIA), as such the awardees share the hostel for the month of December. Although the accommodation is spacious and provides awardees with private rooms and shared research spaces and facilities, it should be noted that this is not a tradition studio based opportunity.

Each December the hostel becomes a place of creative contemplation, cultural exploration and artistic activity, thus promoting Hellenic studies as per the core objective of the Institute. It is intended that by directly engaging with and supporting creative practitioners the aims of the AAIA can be innovatively interpreted for our members and the wider community, both within Australia and Greece, and reach broader audiences.

Previous AAIA CCR awardees:

  • 2019 Dr Sary Zananiri (artist, cultural historian)
  • 2018 Brie Trennery and Keiran Boland (video, photography, performance)
  • 2017 Melissa Deerson (text, performance, drawing, video)
  • 2016 Dr Charles Anderson (multimedia)
  • 2016 Louis Porter (photography)
  • 2015 Jena Woodhouse (poetry)
  • 2014 Dr Andrew Hazewinkel (photography, sculpture, installation)  

Reports from AAIA Contemporary Creative Residents are published annually in the AAIA Bulletin.

For further information and application guidelines:

Information and Guidelines for applicants   



Our friends

Since 1982, our Institute has relied upon support from an Australia-wide network of friends groups. Our friends make significant contributions to the Institute in terms of its finances and also promote archaeology and Hellenic studies through their diverse activities.

The University of Sydney Friends of the AAIA - SoMA is designed to promote the study of archaeology through lectures, seminars, other educational events and social functions. SoMA hold fund raising events to showcase the research undertaken at the AAIA and the University of Sydney, to support their excavations, and to help students in gaining practical archaeological experience in the Mediterranean. 

All funds generated by SoMA are dedicated to financial assistance for Australian archaeological projects overseas and for the Olwen Tudor Jones Scholarship (see ablove for details).


Candace Richards
Nicholson Museum A14
University of Sydney
+61 2 9351 7387


Mr Angelo Hatsatouris OAM
c/- PO Box 320
Maroubra Junction 
Sydney NSW 2035

Mrs Elizabeth Gandley
c/- AAIA Athens Office
Zacharitsa 17, Koukaki
Athens 11741 Greece
P +30 (210) 924 3256

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Prof. Elizabeth Minchin. FAHA

The Canberra (ANU) 
Friends of the AAIA
c./ Prof. Elizabeth Minchin, FAHA
School of Literature, Languages & Linguistics, 
College of Arts & the Social Sciences
AD Hope Building (14) 
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200 Australia


Mr Chris Griffiths
PO Box 5047
Mt Gravatt East 4122


Spiros Sarris
The SA Friends of the AAIA (Inc)
PO Box 701, Torrensville Plaza
+61 404 145 455

Acting Director

Dr Stavros Paspalas

Contact details

Sydney office

Athens office