Visiting Assistant Professor for the Study of the Ancient World

New York University Institute for the Study of the Ancient World Institute


The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) is a center for advanced scholarly research and graduate education, which aims to encourage particularly the study of the economic, religious, political and cultural connections between ancient civilizations. In an effort to embrace a truly inclusive geographical scope while maintaining continuity and coherence, the Institute focuses on the shared and overlapping periods in the development of cultures and civilizations around the Mediterranean basin, and across central Asia to the Pacific Ocean. The approaches of anthropology, archaeology, geography, geology, history, economics, sociology, art history, digital humanities, and the history of science and technology are as integral to the enterprise as the study of texts, philosophy, and the analysis of artifacts.

ISAW anticipates appointing up to three Visiting Assistant Professors with a start-date of September 1, 2021. Two of these appointments will be two-year positions (September 1, 2021-August 31, 2023), and one will be a one-year position (September 1, 2021-August 31, 2022). Holders of these positions are appointed as faculty and will undertake research projects connected with ISAW's core academic mission, teach a graduate-level research seminar at ISAW, and teach one undergraduate course in an NYU department each academic year. They are expected to be in residence at the Institute during the period for which they are appointed and to take part in the intellectual life of the community. In addition, Visiting Assistant Professors are expected to participate in ISAW seminars, to give a public lecture on their research at ISAW, and to play an active role in mentoring graduate students.

Applicants should be individuals of scholarly distinction or promise in any relevant field of ancient studies who will benefit from the stimulation of working in an environment with colleagues in other disciplines. Scholars with a history of interdisciplinary exchange and scholars whose academic interests include parts of the ancient Old World that are often underrepresented in traditional academic departments, including Africa, Central Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, are especially welcome and encouraged to apply.

Visiting Assistant Professors at ISAW have access to the Institute's own library, as well as to a wide range of other libraries at NYU, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (located a block away), and other institutions in New York City, including Columbia University and the New York Public Library. They are provided with their own carrel workspace.

Visiting Assistant Professors are paid a fixed salary. In 2020-21 the salary was $73,920. A research account is also provided to defray the cost of travel to conferences and other research expenses.


Visiting Assistant Professorships are reserved for early-career scholars who received their PhDs on or after May 1, 2018. Current doctoral students in their final year of dissertation work are also welcome to apply, but please note that official conferral of the PhD must take place prior to the start-date of the position (September 1, 2021).

Application Instructions

The application must be completed in Interfolio and should include a cover letter, CV (including publication list), a research proposal, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (either a published article or dissertation chapter). Applicants must also complete a researcher profile form and an EEO form in Interfolio.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON NOVEMBER 20, 2020. Applicants will receive a system-generated confirmation email from Interfolio when they have successfully completed their application. If you do not receive this email, that likely means that you have not successfully submitted your application. We are NOT able to review in-progress applications in Interfolio, so please make sure that you have completed and successfully submitted your application before the November 20th deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted.

By the November 20th deadline, applicants are required to add contact information for their referees to their application in Interfolio; the referees will have until December 1, 2020, to submit their letters of recommendation. Please plan accordingly and inform your referees of this deadline in advance. Applicants can check on the status of their letters of recommendation by logging into Interfolio and reviewing their application.

Technical support for the application is being provided by Interfolio's support team. Other questions should be directed to Marc LeBlanc, Associate Director for Academic Affairs, at

Note: Applicants for ISAW's Visiting Assistant Professorships will automatically be considered for the one-year funded Visiting Research Scholar positions. Please do NOT apply for both positions.