Application format

THE FELLOWSHIPS:  The American Research Institute in Turkey is pleased to offer ARIT fellowships for research in Turkey for the 2024-2025 year.  Grants for tenures up to one academic year will be considered; applications for projects of shorter duration, as brief as one or two months, are also supported. ARIT offers research and study facilities as well as connections with colleagues, institutions, and authorities through its branch centers in Istanbul and Ankara.

ELIGIBILITY:  Scholars and advanced graduate students engaged in research on ancient, medieval, or modern times in Turkey, in any field of the humanities and social sciences, are eligible to apply.  Student applicants must have fulfilled all requirements for the doctorate except the dissertation by June 2024, and before beginning any ARIT-sponsored research.  Non-U.S. applicants who reside in the U.S. or Canada are expected to maintain an affiliation with an educational institution in the U.S. or Canada.   Scholars who have completed their formal training may also apply for ARIT fellowships sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  For questions of eligibility, please check with the ARIT office in Philadelphia.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  In order to be considered, applicants should provide complete information.   Application materials and three letters of recommendation must be submitted by NOVEMBER 1, 2023.  Please download, save, and complete the application form linked above.  Submit your application by e-mail to [email protected].  Letters of reference should support the value of the proposed research and the applicant’s capacity to carry out the project. Graduate student applicants must provide a copy of their graduate transcript.  Supporting documents may be sent to the American Research Institute in Turkey, University of Pennsylvania Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia PA 19104-6324.  For further information call (215) 898-3474, fax (215) 898-0657, or e-mail to aritoffice at ARIT expects to notify applicants of the decision of the Committee on Fellowships by late January 2024.

RESEARCH PERMISSION: ARIT fellowship applicants are responsible for obtaining the appropriate research permits and visas.  In general, researchers should seek permission to carry out research directly from the director(s) of the institution(s) where they intend to work, including most libraries housed within Turkish museums. For archival and library research with tenures of less than three months, some foreign scholars may enter on a tourist visa and apply for the research permit and visa from within Turkey; or they may choose to procure a research visa via the Turkish Embassy in advance of their arrival. For tenures longer than three months, scholars should apply for a research permit and in addition secure a research visa prior to entering the country. Non-U.S. researchers should consult the Turkish Consulate for specific procedures.

Researchers who wish to work with collections and certain libraries housed within Turkish museums should make their applications through the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums.  If the material they wish to study is part of an excavation or survey, researchers must submit a letter with their permit application that is signed by the project director giving permission to carry out the research.  The application regulations and format for researchers are posted on the ARIT research permit page. ARIT may withhold payment of fellowship stipends if official research permission is not obtained.

The fellowship program of the American Research Institute in Turkey is funded by the

United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, with the
support of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, and the Friends of ARIT.