Fellowships and Research Support

As part of its mission, KUDAR supports high-impact research on the relationship between society and the sea.  In collaboration with the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), we offer residential fellowships for individuals who have received their Ph.D.  In addition, stipends are available for qualified MA and Ph.D. students enrolled in the Department of Archaeology and History of Art at Koç University.  Lastly, individuals with external support are welcome to use our resources as Visiting Scholars.  For more information about these opportunities, application details, and our past fellows, please follow the links below.

KUDAR - ANAMED Joint Fellowship in Maritime Archaeology
The Koç University Mustafa V. Koç Maritime Archaeology Research Center (KUDAR) and the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) joint fellowships support one or two post-doctoral scholars specializing in Maritime Archaeology or a closely-related topic for the nine-month academic year.  Successful applicants are required to reside in Istanbul during the fellowship period, to devote their time to their proposed research topic, and to deliver two lectures on their original research.  The fellowship provides one round-trip ticket to Istanbul, accommodation at ANAMED in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu neighborhood, five meals a week, and a monthly stipend.  While in residence, the successful applicant will be able to take advantage of a limited research budget, the ANAMED seminar and study rooms, library resources within the Koç University system, and access to nearby research centers such as the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, the Institut Francais d’Études Anatoliennes, and the Instituto Italiano di Cultura.  Applications from scholars of all nationalities are encouraged, but fellows must be proficient in English, the language of instruction at Koç University.   The current round of applications for the KUDAR-ANAMED Joint Fellowship is closed.
Nergis Günsenin (2019-2020) Progress on the Final Publication of Camaltı Burnu I Shipwreck Excavation

Nergis Günsenin graduated from Istanbul University with an undergraduate degree in Classical Archaeology, obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne in Byzantine History and Archaeology (under Hélene Ahrweiler and Jean-Pierre Sodini) and in Nautical Archaeology (under Eric Rieth).  Her Ph.D. dissertation, Byzantine Amphoras (Xth – XIIIth centuries): Typology, Production, and Circulation based on Turkish Collections is recognized internationally, and an eastern-Mediterranean amphora type from this period is named after her.

Prof. Günsenin has been lecturing on underwater archaeology at Istanbul University in the Underwater Technology Programme since 1991, and has also taught Anatolian Civilizations at Boğaziçi University from 1994 to 1999.  She is an Associate Researcher of French Anatolian Studies in Turkey, Adjunct Professor of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, and an Advisory Editor for The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology.  She has also been an invited professor at several foreign universities.

She conducted the first Turkish underwater excavation at Camaltı Burnu, which is the topic of her research at ANAMED for the 2019-2020 term, providing opportunities for collaboration with KUDAR and training for students at the Bandırma Museum, presetly housing the excavation’s collection.

MA and PhD Student Stipends
M.A. and Ph.D. students pursuing topics relevant to KUDAR’s mission, and enrolled in the Department of Archaeology and the History of Art at Koç University, are eligible for our annual stipends.  This support is offered as part of the potential student’s enrollment package, and varies between two years for an MA student, and four years for a PhD candidate.  Stipends are renewed on an annual basis, subject to a review of the student’s progress.
Current Funded MA Students
Günce Pelin Öçgüden (2018-2020) Günce finished her BA in Archaeology and History of Art in Koç University in 2015. She participated in many archaeological field projects focusing on particular eras, although her MA research interest focuses on the collection of ship grafitti in the Ayşe Kadın Camii of Eski Mordoğan  in the Karaburun Peninsula.  In addition to the documentation of the grafitti, her ethnographic work will explore the personal, religious, and ritualistic elements of these images within the local community.
Zeynep Olgun (2018-2020) Zeynep received her BA in International Relations from Bilkent University with distinctions, but her minor in History with a focus on the Byzantine Empire has led her to pursuit an MA in Maritime Archaeology at Koç University.  At Koç she is working on the maritime aspects of Byzantium, and her thesis will focus on seafaring in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Middle Byzantine era, combining historical and archaeological sources.
Visiting Fellows
Individuals with external support that require the use of KUDAR’s facilities for their research are welcome to do so as a Visiting Fellow.  This title gives the scholar access to libraries within the Koç University system in Istanbul, such as ANAMED and the Byzantine Studies Center, and housing on or near the Koç University campus in Sarıyer for a fee.
Past Fellows
Ahmed Gadhoum (Visiting Fellow, November 2018)

Ahmed received his first MA in History and Geography from the University of Sfax, and his second in Underwater Archaeology (2002), as well as his Ph.D., from the University of Aix-Marseilles (2010).  He has participated in excavations in Italy, Malta, Egypt, Lebanon, and Turkey.  In 2012 he began working for the National Institute for Cultural Heritage in Tunisia, and became the Director of the museum and site of Carthage from 2015 to 2016.  He continues to work in the National Institute within their Department of Underwater Archaeology, while also serving as an advisor to the Tunisian Ministry of Culture.

Alba Mazza (KUDAR-ANAMED Joint Fellow, Spring 2019)

Alba Mazza is a maritime archaeologist, and holds a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Sydney (2017). Her research focuses on the relationship between people and the coastal environment. She is especially interested in understanding how people faced the challenges of living on the shore (such as floods, tsunamis, earthquakes and erosion), and become resilient. Given such an approach, her analysis of the coastal landscape of Mediterranean settlements spans from the Bronze Age to the Late Antiquity, and includes port infrastructures as well as landing spots on the beach. Her project at KUDAR-ANAMED “The maritime coastal landscape of Aiolian Cyme in Turkey and Selinus in Sicily. Two sister port cities?” is a natural outgrowth from her PhD thesis, which dealt with the maritime coastal landscape of Selinus. In that initial study, it was possible to understand that Selinus shares several aspects of the maritime culture and the coastal environment with Aiolian Cyme in Turkey. Hence, during her fellowship Dr. Mazza investigated port facilities, with a focus on Cyme’s topography, and material evidence from past underwater investigations. The study of those common maritime archaeological features can reveal us a great degree of archaeological and environmental information, and eventually inform us on respectively missing aspects of the maritime landscape of the two ancient cities. On a site-scale, this study improved our knowledge of Cyme, one of the most important coastal settlement of ancient Anatolia in the Greek, Roman and Late Roman period. More broadly this study, by comparing for the first time Cyme in Turkey and Selinus in Sicily, offered new keys for understating important topics in today’s maritime archaeology, such as coastal landscape changes, topographical identity of places, connectivity by sea, and cultural interactions.

Athena Trakadas (KUDAR-ANAMED Joint Fellow, Autumn 2019) Atlantic River-Scapes: Marine Geological and Archaeological Research of Ancient Harbour Sites in Morocco

Athena Trakadas is a maritime archaeologist focusing on the Greco-Roman and early Islamic worlds – from the Atlantic facade to the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean.  Her primary research interests extend beyond ships to the economic, social, and environmental mechanisms that supported and facilitated their use.  This includes the development of harbours within contemporary trade and communication networks, coastal and riverine geo-morphological changes affecting these marine-land interfaces, and the exploitation of marine resources.  She is also a co-editor of the Journal of Maritime Archaeology.

Since 1999, she has directed several underwater and terrestrial research projects in Morocco that focus on past fishing practices, the logistical integration of landing places, and the development of maritime heritage management.  Her KUDAR-ANAMED research project focuses on establishing the chronologies of, and factors for, the movement of settlements and their associated natural harbors along the lower Atlantic river valleys of northwest Morocco, from the 8th century BC to the 15th century AD.  The project will correlate marine geological and archaeological data, as well as archival sources, to examine the complex inter-relationships in the diachronic establishment of harbour locations within dynamic river-scapes.