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American Research Institute in Turkey (Istanbul and Ankara)

Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

Receipt Deadline: November 1, 2017

The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT), a consortium of forty-eight 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. 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.

Host Institutions: American Research Institute in Turkey
Location: Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey
Point of Contact: Nancy Leinwand, Executive Director
Phone: (215) 898-3474
Fax: (215) 898-0657

About NEH Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

The National Endowment for the Humanities provides grants to independent centers for advanced study and international research organizations to support fellowship programs for humanities scholars through its Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI). NEH fellowships provide scholars with stipends, a collegial environment, and access to resources that might not be available at their home institutions.

Fellowship programs may be administered by independent centers for advanced study, libraries, and museums in the United States, or American overseas research centers or other organizations that have expertise in promoting research on foreign cultures. The centers and organizations establish their own peer review procedures for the selection of NEH grant recipients and administer the awards. NEH provides funding for humanities fellowships of four to twelve months.

Amount of Award

Amount of the award will vary by the number and length of the fellowships offered by the host institution.


Centers and organizations applying for these grants may not be affiliated with an institution of higher education and must be independently governed, financed, and administered. In addition, they must have a pre-existing fellowship program maintained with non-NEH funding. Eligibility for NEH fellowships at these research institutions 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. NEH research opportunities are intended for persons who have already completed their formal academic training. Consequently, persons seeking support for work in pursuit of a degree are not eligible for NEH fellowships and research grants.

How to Apply

For more information and application instructions, please visit the program website listed above.