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Sean William Dever Excavation Fellowships


       Established in 2013 by an anonymous donor and friend of the Dever family, fellowship funds have been designated to support the participation of ASOR members as volunteers or staff on excavation projects. Sean William Dever (1969–2001) was the son of Prof. William Dever and Mrs. Norma Dever, and he was well-known and loved by many ASOR members (see his biography below). The Sean W. Dever Fellowship is funded by annual contributions, and it is anticipated that two scholarships will be awarded each year. Preference will be given to students or junior scholars interested in biblical studies. Scholarships will be announced on Sean’s birthday, March 9.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2015

Application Form

       Applicants must be current members of ASOR or students enrolled at an Institutional Member School. Applicants are encouraged to apply for Dever, Heritage, MacAllister, Meyers/Wright, and Platt Fellowships. We encourage but do not require Dever, MacAllister, Meyers/Wright, and Platt Fellows to participate on ASOR-affiliated excavations. (See list of Institutional Members.)
       Preference will be given to individuals that have not received support through the ASOR excavation fellowship program or other funding sources for the summer of 2015. Additional preference will also be given to applicants who would not usually receive funding (for airfare, lodging or a stipend) from the excavation. Preference is also given to applicants who have not received ASOR funding for excavations in the past three years.
       Upon completion of the field season, a report of 250-350 words and an appropriate photo (500 dpi resolution or higher) on site must be submitted to the ASOR office by August 15, 2015. Reports and photos should be sent via email with "Dever Report" in the subject line. Recipients will also be expected to send a brief note of appreciation to the anonymous donor, Prof. Dever, and Mrs. Dever.
       Grant recipients will be required to sign a waiver indicating that ASOR is not responsible for any injuries they might sustain during their time at the excavation they choose to participate in. They will also be required to sign a release of rights to ASOR for the inclusion of their report and photograph in one of ASOR's publications.

Brief Biography of Sean William Dever (1969–2001):
       Sean was born in Jerusalem on March 9, 1969. When Sean was six years old, he moved to Tucson, Arizona, with his parents, Prof. William F. Dever and Mrs. Norma Dever. Sean continued his education with distinction until he graduated from the University of Arizona. After college, Sean decided to become a computer graphic artist. He went to study at Mississippi State with Patty Seger. Before finishing his studies, he went to Hollywood, got a job and at the time of his death, he supervised over 50 people at Sony, working on computer graphics.
       Sean first developed Hodgkin’s disease at the age of 16 and received radiation. He was in remission until age 31 when the disease came back. Even though he was treated again, he died of complications of this cancer on April 13, 2001. In addition to being reared in a family where both parents were archaeologists, Sean participated in two excavations: Gezer and Be’er Resisim. He loved these experiences and would be very pleased to have the scholarships named in his memory.