National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for Research in Turkey 2010-2011

THE FELLOWSHIPS: The American Research Institute in Turkey takes pleasure in inviting applications for two or three advanced fellowships made possible by the support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The fields of study cover all periods of history in the general range of the humanities and include humanistically oriented aspects of the social sciences, prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature and linguistics, as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history.  The fellowships for research in Turkey may be held for four to twelve continuous months during 2010-2011.  Stipends in the range of $16,800 to $50,400 are available on the basis of individual proposals.

ELIGIBILITY: Scholars who have completed their formal training and plan to carry out research in Turkey may apply.  They may be U.S. citizens or three-year residents of the U.S.  Please consult ARIT headquarters on questions eligibilty.  Adavanced scholars also may apply for ARIT Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

RESEARCH PERMISSION: Turkish law requires foreign scholars to obtain formal permission to carry out research at institutions in Turkey.  ARIT fellowship applicants are responsible for obtaining the research permission and visa.  In general, researchers should seek permission to carry out research from the director(s) of the institution(s) where they intend to work; this includes researchers who wish to work in libraries housed in Turkish musuems.  Most foreign scholars may enter Turkey on a tourist visa and apply for a research visa from within Turkey, or they may choose to procure a research visa from the Turkish Embassy in advance of their arrival.  Researchers who wish to work with the collections housed in the Turkish archaeological museums, however, should make their applications through the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums.  In addition, if the material they wish to work with is part of an excavation, researchers must submit a letter with their application that is signed by the excavation director giving permission to carry out the research.  The application regulations and format for researchers are posted on the ARIT website.  ARIT reserves the right to withhold payment of fellowship stipends if appropriate research permission is not obtained.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications and three letters of recommendation must be received by November 1, 2009.  Please use the ARIT application format accessible on the ARIT website and submit all materials to the address below.  The ARIT Committee on Fellowships expects to notify applicants of its decisions by January 25, 2010.

For further information, please contact:

The American Research Institute in Turkey

University of Pennsylvania Musuem

3260 South Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324

Phone: (215) 898-3474

Fax: (215)898-0657