Fellowship Opportunities from the American Academic Research Institute on Iraq

The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq announces fellowship opportunities for US Scholars to conduct research on Iraq:

TAARII is a consortium of American universities, musuems, and other scholarly institutions dedicated to the furtherance of research in and on Iraq as well as fostering mutual understanding and respect between American and Iraqi peoples.  With the support of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), TAARII focuses on providing fellowships for American scholars to conduct research in any legitimate academic field from ancient Mesopotamia to modern Iraq, giving priority to collaborative projects undertaken jointly by US and Iraqi scholars.

At this time, the institute invites proposals from U.S. scholars for feasible research on Iraq-related topics outside the country.  Such topics could include remote sensing studies of ancient Iraqi landscape, environmental studies, research in Ottoman records related to Iraq, historical research, social science projects that involve interviews with Iraqis living abroad, joint projects involving a US scholar and an Iraqi living in the country, and public health studies.

Proposals are invited from individual American post-doctoral and advanced pre-doctoral researchers for awards of up to $10,000 to conduct research related to Iraq in anyfield of the humanities or social sciences.  Proposals from researchers working on Iraq-related topics in the biological and physical sciences may also be considered.

Applications must be received by November 15, 2009 and should include five (5) copies of each of the following:

-A completed application for (available from the TAARII office or website)

A curriculum vitae

-A project budget

-A project narrative of no more than 10 double spaced pages

-Two letters of reccomendation (mailed directly to TAARII–only one copy of each is necessary)

-Evidence of official permissions required to carry out the project if applicable

Awards will be announced in January, for projects that should not begin before March 15th, 2010.  Special requests for projects to begin sonner may also be considered.

Eligibility is limited to US citizens who are post-graduate researchers of full-time graduate students in recognized degree programs.  Awards will be made on the basis of merit as determined by a review panel consisting of scholars from member universities.

Support for the program comes from a grant from the US Department of State’s Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs (State/ECA) through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)

For further information on how to apply, visit the website at www.taarii.org.