James A. Sauer Memorial Fellowship

Terms of the Sauer Fellowship 2019-2020

In the 2019–2020 cycle, ACOR will distribute one award of $1,250 towards educational assistance for a Jordanian student enrolled in an archaeology or cultural heritage degree program in any country. The Sauer fellowship is only open to enrolled graduate students of Jordanian nationality.

Deadline for applications is February 1, 2019
Applicants will be notified by April 15, 2019

The Sauer trust rotates on a two-year cycle:

Year 1:  One month of residency at ACOR and a stipend of $400 for a student of any nationality except Jordanian.

Year 2:  Education assistance for a Jordanian graduate student enrolled in an archaeology or cultural heritage degree program in any country.  $1,250 award.

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Background of the Sauer Fellowship

James Sauer in Jordan in 1975
James Sauer in Jordan in 1975

James. A Sauer (1945-1999) was a gifted archeologist, scholar, and teacher.  In his career he did archaeological fieldwork on various project in Palestine, Jordan, Syria, and Yemen.  A specialist in ceramics, he developed a pottery chronology from his work at Tell Hesban and it is still widely used in Jordan. He published extensively in several fields of ancient Near Eastern history and archaeology

Sauer is remembered for his unselfish promotion of the work of other scholars and for encouraging broad public interest and participation in archaeology.  As director of ACOR (1975-1981) he envisioned transforming the small institute into one of the major research centers in the region.  He began the plans to build the permanent ACOR facility that exists in Amman today.  He also taught classes at the University of Jordan and inspired many Jordanian students.

He encouraged archaeologists to begin fieldwork in Jordan and facilitated projects researching all periods of Jordan’s history from the prehistoric to the Islamic.  In his time as Director of ACOR he shared his enthusiasm for archaeology with the interested public.  He was active in the Friends of Archaeology, gave lectures, taught classes on pottery and led expert tours of archaeological sites.

Later he served as President of the board of ASOR (1982-1988) and President of the ACOR Board (1991-1992). He was a professor and museum curator at the University of Pennsylvania and later was a curator and research associate at the Semitic Museum at Harvard University. He was educated at Concordia College and at Harvard University (Ph.D. 1973).

The fellowship in his memory was announced in 2000 with the goal of supporting students working in the archaeology of Jordan. The James A. Sauer Memorial Endowment was created by many donors.  The income from the endowment is restricted to award scholarships for students.