The Summer School is run on a non-profit basis and sets the fees to cover the costs, including payments to the teaching staff, and the accommodation of teachers not based in the Birmingham area.
Sources of Funding
The Byzantine Greek Summer School normally receives grants from the Classical Association and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies to provide bursaries for a small number of participants. Profits from the sale of the publication series Belfast Byzantine Texts and Translations may provide further bursaries. The Classical Association prefers to fund students from Eastern Europe, Asia or Africa, while the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies prefers to fund students from UK Universities. Funds from these sources for the 2014 Summer School are not yet confirmed.
Application for any of the above sources of funding is via the Byzantine Greek Summer School Application Form (Questions 15-17), and the Summer School organizers are responsible for the allocation of bursaries.
Many students at UK Universities have in the past been successful in obtaining funding from their own universities to cover all or part of the fees of the Summer School, and in some cases their travel expenses too. Similar possibilities exist in universities in the United States, Canada and some other countries, including non-state universities in Hungary and Turkey. University students must provide evidence that they have explored sources of funding from within their own universities before applying to the Byzantine Greek Summer School for one of the bursaries provided by the Classical Association, or the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies. We will be happy to write letters in support of your application for university or other funding.
As in previous years, in allocating bursary funding, priority will be given to applicants for Level-1 and then Level-2. Please also bear in mind that the greater the bursary sum you apply for the less your chances of receiving it. (We regret that we have to apply this criterion, but the financial viability of the Summer School depends on using our bursary funds to maximize the number of participants.) The application form asks you to state the minimum sum that would make it possible for you to attend the Summer School. No bursary awarded will be greater than the fee for a single two week course less the deposit (maximum 455 GBP with accommodation, 230 GBP without accommodation).
Please do not apply for funding unless your attendance is absolutely dependent on it. Numbers may have to be limited this year, and if you apply to the Summer School for funding your acceptance will only be provisional until funding offers are made and accepted, and this may not be until late May, by when places on some courses may no longer be available.
Bursaries for University of Birmingham Students
in memory of Peter Jancar
A number of bursaries are available to University of Birmingham students to cover their tuition fees at the Byzantine Greek Summer School. The bursaries have been established in memory of a PhD student at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, Peter Jancar (1977-2011), who studied at the university from 2006-2011, first as a MPhil student and then PhD. Peter was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia where he was educated. His interest in Byzantium began in his early teens. He graduated from the University of Ljubljana in History, with a thesis entitled ‘Identity and Historical Perception in Byzantium: 4th-15th centuries’. At Birmingham he was working on the middle Byzantine aristocracy when his life and work were cut short by Hodgkin disease which he fought all the years of his studies at Birmingham with great courage, all the while continuing his studies on Byzantium.