The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT), a consortium of thirty-nine North American universities and museums, was founded in 1964 to promote advanced research in the humanities and social sciences in Turkey, and to enhance academic exchanges between the U.S. and Turkey. ARIT maintains centers in Istanbul and Ankara to support American researchers and to provide full-time representation in Turkey for American institutions of higher education.
Administered by U.S. directors, each branch provides researchers with an institutional affiliation, a base of operations, orientation assistance, and introductions to host-country scholars. In Istanbul, ARIT maintains a research library in Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern Turkish studies. In Ankara, scholars have access to a library focused on archaeology and modern Turkey. Opportunities for collegial exchanges with Turkish and other scholars occur in the course of the lecture series and educational tours offered at each center.
ARIT’s fellowship program supports individual research projects in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. For the NEH fellowship, scholars who have completed their formal academic training by the deadline date may submit humanities-oriented applications in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, history, art, literature, religion, and linguistics, as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have lived in the U.S. for the three years preceding the application deadline. For 2015-2016, ARIT will offer one to three NEH fellowships providing support for four months to one year. The stipend provides up to $50,400 for one year. For further information and application format, see the website or contact the ARIT office listed below.