Council of American Overseas Research Fellowships in Humanities, Social and Natural Science 2017

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CAORC FELLOWSHIPS

Multi-Country Application Guidelines

*The 2016-2017 cycle of the Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program is now open. Applicants will be notified of award status by the end of April.*

The Multi-Country Research Fellowship supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates, and postdoctoral scholars. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. 

You must create a free account to access the application materials. This will allow you to save and return to your application before submitting, and save your login/password information for future applications.

Application

Project Description: In 1500 words or less, please describe the nature of your proposed project and your competence to carry out the required research. State your research question and the methods and procedures you will use to conduct your research. Be sure to describe the proposed methodology in clear terms. Give the reasons why your project requires your presence in the countries indicated, and note the facilities (e.g. libraries, museums, archives, field sites) that you plan to use while conducting your research. What relationship will you have with the host-country ORC(s)? Finally, indicate the extent to which you have investigated other funding sources. Please note that those judging your application may not be specialists in your field. Please limit your narrative to 12-point font and 1-inch margins. Footnotes do not count against the word count.

Project Bibliography/Literature Review: You must submit a one-page bibliography or literature review outlining your project resources. CAORC does not have a preference for one format over another. Please clarify primary and secondary sources, and – where applicable – locations of listed material. Please note that additional pages will not be submitted to the review committee. 

Letters of Recommendation: You must have two (2) letters of recommendation. You will be able to send a link to your recommenders via the application website and they will then be able to upload their letters. Ph.D. candidates must have one letter from an Academic Advisor with a signed Academic Advisor form. All references must be in English. Do not submit more than two letters of recommendation. 

Curriculum Vitae: Three (3) pages maximum. Additional pages will not be submitted to the review committee. Please ensure that prior awards and language capacity are clearly noted.

Transcripts: Ph.D. candidates only. Please submit transcripts from your most recent institution. Please remove all password protections from transcripts prior to submission.

General Fellowship Information

Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Fellowship awards will not exceed $10,500. 

Funding is not available for research conducted in the United States. 

Group projects are admissible and will be evaluated as a single application. Groups should submit one (1) application for the group project and Curriculum Vitae for each member of the group. Two (2) letters of recommendation are required for the group. If awarded, a single grant of $10,500 will be issued to the group. 

Travel is currently restricted by the U.S. Department of State to the following AORC countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Yemen. CAORC abides by all State Department travel restrictions. For more information on restricted travel please be sure to visit: CAORC’s preferred method of submission is via the online application system. The online system allows you to save your application and come back to it before submitting. Once the application has been submitted it cannot be edited or resubmitted. The deadline for submissions is January 30, 2017.

It is not required that you be affiliated with a U.S. academic institution to apply. As long as you are a Ph.D. candidate at an accredited university, or have already earned your Ph.D., you are eligible for the fellowships.

Ph.D. candidates must be ABD (all but dissertation) by May 2017.

Notification of fellowship status will be made available to each applicant via email by the end of April, 2017. Fellows are advised that it can take up to six months to obtain necessary research clearances and should plan accordingly.

Andrew W. Mellon Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship Guidelines 

*The 2016-2017 cycle of the Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program is now open. Applicants will be notified of award status by the end of April.* 

The Andrew W. Mellon Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship supports Mediterranean-focused research in the humanities and related social sciences in countries bordering the Mediterranean and served by the following American overseas research centers: the American Academy in Rome; the American Center for Oriental Research in Amman; the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem; the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, with centers in Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria; the American Research Center in Egypt; the American Research Institute in Turkey; the American School of Classical Studies at Athens; the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute; and the Palestinian American Research Center. 

You must create a free account to access the application materials. This will allow you to save and return to your application before submitting, and save your login/password information for future applications. 

Project Description

In 1500 words or less, please describe the nature of your proposed project and your competence to carry out the required research. State your research question and the methods and procedures you will use to conduct your research. Be sure to describe the proposed methodology in clear terms. Give the reasons why your project requires your presence in the countries indicated, and note the facilities (e.g. libraries, museums, archives, field sites) that you plan to use while conducting your research. What relationship will you have with the host-country ORC(s)? Finally, indicate the extent to which you have investigated other funding sources. Please note that those judging your application may not be specialists in your field. Please limit your narrative to 12-point font and 1-inch margins. Footnotes do not count against the word count.

Note: Preference will be given to projects which propose research in a humanities or related social science discipline, as defined by NEH Guidelines: "The term 'humanities' includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life."

--National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, 1965, as amended

Project Bibliography/Literature Review: You must submit a one-page bibliography or literature review outlining your project resources. CAORC does not have a preference for one format over another. Please clarify primary and secondary sources, and – where applicable – locations of listed material. Please note that additional pages will not be submitted to the review committee.

Letters of Recommendation: You must have two (2) letters of recommendation. You will be able to send a link to your recommenders via the application website and they will then be able to upload their letters. Ph.D. candidates must have one letter from an Academic Advisor with a signed Academic Advisor form. All references must be in English. Do not submit more than two letters of recommendation. 

Curriculum Vitae: Three (3) pages maximum. Additional pages will not be submitted to the review committee. Please ensure that prior awards and language capacity are clearly noted.

Transcripts: Ph.D. candidates only. Please only submit a transcript from your most recent institution. Please remove all password protections from transcripts prior to submission.

General Fellowship Information: 

Applicants must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents.

Applicants must be a doctoral candidate or scholar who obtained his/her PhD within the last ten years (September 2006 or later).

Fellowship awards will not exceed $33,500.

Funding is not available for research conducted in the United States.

Applicants must propose a three- to nine-month humanities or related social science research project.

Applicants must propose travel that is crucial to the proposed project, to one or more Mediterranean country(ies), at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center (Note: Scholars are required to affiliate with at least one of the overseas research centers): 

  • American Academy in Rome

  • American Center of Oriental Research in Amman

  • American Institute for Maghrib Studies, with centers in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia

  • American Research Center in Egypt

  • American Research Institute in Turkey

  • American School of Classical Studies at Athens

  • Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute

  • Palestinian American Research Center

  • W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem

Group projects are admissible and will be evaluated as a single application. Groups should submit one (1) application for the group project and Curriculum Vitae for each member of the group. Two (2) letters of recommendation are required for the group. If awarded, a single grant will be issued to the group.

CAORC’s preferred method of submission is via the online application system. You may save your application and return to it before submitting. Once the application has been submitted it cannot be edited or resubmitted. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2017.

It is not required that you be affiliated with a U.S. academic institution to apply. As long as you are a Ph.D. candidate at an accredited university, or have already earned your Ph.D., you are eligible for the fellowships.

Ph.D. candidates must be ABD (all but dissertation) by May 2017.

Notification of fellowship status will be made available to each applicant via email by the end of April, 2016. Fellows are advised that it can take up to six months to obtain the necessary research clearance and should plan accordingly.

NEH Senior Research Fellowship Application Guidelines

*The 2016-2017 cycle of the National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Research Fellowship Program is now open. Applicants will be notified of award status by the end of April.* 

The NEH Senior Research Fellowship supports advanced research in the humanities. Fellowship awards are for four consecutive months. Selected fellows are awarded $4,200 per month of the award.

Important information about the fellowship competition:

  • Fields of study include, but are not limited to, history, philosophy, religious studies, literature, literary criticism, and visual and performing arts. In addition, research that embraces a humanistic approach and methods will be considered.

  • Applicants must be post-doctoral scholars.

  • Applicants must propose four consecutive months of research in an American Overseas Research Center in one of the following countries: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cyprus, Georgia, Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Senegal, Sri Lanka or Tunisia

  • Selected fellows must work on their research full-time during their period of funding.

  • Eligibility for NEH fellowships is limited to United States citizens and foreign nationals who have been residents in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline for the grant.  

You must create a free account to access the application materials. This will allow you to save and return to your application before submitting, and save your login/password information for future applications. 

Project Description

In 1500 words or less, please describe the nature of your proposed project and your competence to carry out the required research. State your research question and the methods and procedures you will use to conduct your research. Be sure to describe the proposed methodology in clear terms. Give the reasons why your project requires your presence in the countries indicated, and note the facilities (e.g. libraries, museums, archives, field sites) that you plan to use while conducting your research. What relationship will you have with the host-country ORC? Finally, indicate the extent to which you have investigated other funding sources. Please note that those judging your application may not be specialists in your field. Please limit your narrative to 12-point font and 1-inch margins. Footnotes do not count against the word count.

Project Bibliography/Literature Review: You must submit a one-page bibliography or literature review outlining your project resources. CAORC does not have a preference for one format over another. Please clarify primary and secondary sources, and – where applicable – locations of listed material. Please note that additional pages will not be submitted to the review committee. 

Letters of Recommendation: You must have two (2) letters of recommendation. You will be able to send a link to your recommenders via the application website and they will then be able to upload their letters. All references must be in English. Do not submit more than two letters of recommendation.

Curriculum Vitae: Three (3) pages maximum. Additional pages will not be submitted to the review committee. Please ensure that prior awards and language capacity are clearly noted.

General Fellowship Information:

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have resided in the United States for 3 years prior to the application deadline.

Fellowship awards will not exceed $4,200 per month for four months.

Funding is not available for research conducted in the United States.

CAORC’s preferred method of submission is via the online application system. The online system allows you to save your application and come back to it before submitting. Once the application has been submitted it cannot be edited or resubmitted. The deadline for submissions is January 30, 2017.

It is not required that you be affiliated with a U.S. academic institution to apply. 

Notification of fellowship status will be made available to each applicant via email by the end of April, 2017. Fellows are advised that it can take up to six months to obtain necessary research clearances and should plan accordingly.

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