Announcement [.pdf] [Türkçe]

FELLOWSHIPS: The American Research Institute in Turkey and the Türk-Amerikan Ilmi Arastırmaları Derneği are pleased to announce the  Ilse Böhlund Hanfmann, George Maxim Anossov Hanfmann, and the Machteld Johanna Mellink Fellowships for 2021.  The purpose of these fellowships is to enable nationals of the Republic of Turkey who are graduate students at Turkish universities or recent PhDs currently working at Turkish universities in archaeology and related fields to study abroad (in North America or elsewhere) in affiliation with a university or research institution for a period ranging from three months up to one academic year.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:  Candidates for M.A. or Ph.D. degrees who have finished all course work and passed all qualifying examinations for the degree before entering the tenure of a Hanfmann/Mellink Fellowship are eligible, as are scholars who have received their Ph.D. and have not yet reached 40 years of age by the application deadline.  The archaeological fields that are eligible include Prehistory, Protohistory, Ancient Near Eastern, Anatolian, Greek and Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman.  Also eligible are those who combine archaeology with an additional concentration in Ancient History, Ancient Art History, Languages and Literatures (including Epigraphy) of the Ancient Near East or of Greece and Rome, Geomorphology, or Geophysics.

Selection criteria are to be excellence in promise and excellence in achievement.   Financial need by itself is not to be a selection criterion.  Candidates also need to demonstrate proficiency in the language of the host institution.  Eligible host institutions include universities qualified in archaeology or related fields at the graduate level, institutions with important research assets (for example, research libraries, collections of antiquities, manuscripts, etc.), museums (for example, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, State Museums of Berlin), and archaeological schools (for example, the German Archaeological Institute in Rome, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens).    Establishing affiliation with or admission to a host institution and satisfying whatever requirements the institution may have for affiliation or admission will be the responsibility of the individual.  Receipt of a Hanfmann Fellowship will be contingent on demonstrating proof of affiliation; such proof is not required at the time of application, but communication already initiated with such organizations will be considered.

Recipients of the these fellowships may accept other fellowships or awards.  Only for exceptional reasons may an individual hold a Hanfmann/Mellink Fellowship more than once.

AWARDS: Stipends for Hanfmann Fellowships will be based on length of stay abroad, ranging from US $15,000, for the minimum allowable period of three months, up to $45,000 for an academic year.  Additional expenses for travel are not available. The award can be used anytime during the period from October 2020 until September 2021. The precise amount to be awarded the successful applicant will be determined by the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee for the Hanfmann Fellowships will be appointed by the Türk Amerikan Ilmi Arastirmalar Dernegi in Istanbul and Ankara from specialists in archaeology and other areas of relevant studies.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: A complete application for a Hanfmann Fellowship will consist of the following:

1.   Curriculum vitae and copy of the identification card.
2.   A one-paragraph summary of the nature and significance of the proposed project.
3.   A statement of purpose (no more than five pages excluding bibliography) which must include:

    1. the nature if the research (aim and scope of the project)
    2. evaluation of the basic publications on the subject
    3. the contribution of the research to knowledge
    4. the plan and schedule of the project (The award can be used anytime during the period from October 2022 until September 2023. Proposals should fit within the schedule.)
    5. why the project needs to be carried out abroad
    6. why the specific institution is chosen and how such a tenure abroad will benefit the applicant at this stage of her or his academic career
    7. a bibliography of works directly related to the subject.

4.   For graduate students: official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate course work.
5.   Demonstration of proficiency in the language or languages necessary for conducting research abroad.
6.   Letter of affiliation at host institutions or correspondence leading to affiliation at host institutions,
7.  Three letters of recommendation from scholars familiar with the applicant’s work. The letters should be sent by the referee in single copy directly to the ARIT office or the e-mail address where the application is submitted.

Applications must be submitted via e-mail as a single .pdf file date TBD in Spring 2022 to the American Research Institute in Turkey to one of the email addresses below:

Istanbul Branch e-mail:  aritist2 at

American Research Institute in Turkey Temsilciliği
Koç Üniversitesi ANAMED
İstiklal Caddesi 181,
34433 Beyoğlu

Tel: (212) 393-6072

Ankara Branch e-mail:  aritankara at

American Research Institute in Turkey Temsilciliği   
Şehit Ersan Caddesi No. 24/9
06680 Çankaya

Tel: (312) 427-2222
(312) 427-4979

*The Merops Foundation supports the fellowships program in honor of eminent archaeologists of Anatolia, Ilse B. Hanfmann, George M. A. Hanfmann, and Machteld J. Mellink.  The program is administered through the Türk Amerikan İlmi Araştırmaları Derneği and the ARIT centers in Istanbul and Ankara.