Lawrence T. Geraty Travel Scholarship

Terms of the Geraty Travel Scholarship

This annual grant provides $1,250 to an undergraduate or graduate student from an accredited institution to conduct ASOR- or CAP-affiliated excavation and/or research in Jordan. The award is intended to assist in travel costs and/or ACOR accommodation, based on need. Funding may be combined with other fellowships and must be spent within a calendar year.

Application requirements include:

  • Completed application form
  • Academic review (either a letter from a project director confirming acceptance into an ongoing field or study project or, in the case of an independent research project, proof that your research has been accepted by ACOR or another academic institution as a scholarly and ethical project)
  • Project proposal narrative (up to 2,000 words, not including bibliography)
  • Transcript(s) (first-year graduate students should submit both graduate and undergraduate transcripts)
  • One recommendation

Background of the Geraty Fellowship

The fellowship is named for former ASOR President, former ACOR Vice-President, and former Madaba Plains Project Director Dr. Lawrence T. Geraty, who also served as Past President of La Sierra University in Riverside, CA. The Geraty Fellowship was created thanks to a generous donation in late 2019.

Lawrence T. Geraty grew up in Lebanon and visited Jordan for the first time as a teenager. During graduate studies at Harvard in the Biblical Studies program, he helped Professor Siegfried Horn plan the first season of excavation at Hesban, through which he became involved in the early years of ACOR. Geraty formerly joined the ACOR Board in 1976 and stayed on until 2002, when he became President of ASOR and stepped down from ACOR’s Board so as to fulfill his duties to ASOR impartially. He served as Dig Director of the Hesban/Madaba Plains Project from 1973 to 2000 and thereby supported the early careers of many major names in Jordanian archaeological research today, many of whom cut their teeth at the sites of Hisban and Umayri. This group includes past and present ACOR Board Members Bert de Vries, Øystein LaBianca, and Tom Parker, as well as Jordanian archaeologists Ghazi Bisheh, Nabil Khairy, Lutfi Khalil, and Zeidan Kafafi, among many others. As Dr. Geraty puts it: “The generosity of those who have benefited from ACOR and who believe in its mission remains necessary to further ACOR’s mentorship for future generations.”

Larry Geraty with H.R.H Prince Raad bin Zeid at ACOR, soon after the Hisban 50th Anniversary Celebrations in summer 2018.

You can read a complete article about Dr. Geraty’s support for ACOR in the ACOR Newsletter 31.1, Summer 2019.

To donate to this fellowship, please click here and write “Geraty” under the “Additional Details” section of the donation form. 

For full details regarding applications to ACOR Fellowships and Travel Scholarships, please click here.

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