Application format

THE FELLOWSHIPS:  The American Research Institute in Turkey is pleased to invite applications for one to three advanced long-term fellowships for research in affiliation with ARIT centers in Turkey, supported by 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 tenures range from four to twelve continuous months during 2024-2025.  Stipends of $5,000 per month are awarded on the basis of individual proposals.

ELIGIBILITY:  Scholars who have completed their formal training by the application deadline and plan to carry out research in Turkey for four months or longer may apply.  They may be U.S. citizens or three-year residents of the U.S.  Please consult ARIT U.S. office for questions of eligibility.  Advanced scholars may also apply for ARIT Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

INSTITUTES:  ARIT maintains two research institutes in Turkey.  The ARIT Istanbul library concentrates on Byzantine and Ottoman Turkey and facilitates archival research in the city.  ARIT – Ankara focuses on art, archaeology, and ancient history in its library, and serves Turkish and American archaeologists through its programs.  Both centers support research on modern Turkey. The centers offer research and study facilities, as well as connections with colleagues, institutions, and authorities in Turkey.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  In order to be considered, applicants must provide complete application information. Application materials and three letters of recommendation must be submitted by NOVEMBER 1, 2023. Please download, save, and complete the application form appended above.  Submit your application by email to [email protected].  Letters of reference should support the proposed research and your capacity to carry out the project.  Supporting documents may be emailed or mailed 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 email to [email protected]ARIT expects to notify applicants of the decision of the Committee on Fellowships by late January 2024.

RESEARCH PERMISSION and VISA: ARIT fellowship applicants are responsible for obtaining the appropriate research permits and visas.  In general, researchers should seek permission to carry out research from the director(s) of the institution(s) where they intend to work; this including most libraries housed within Turkish museums.  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 a d certain libraries housed in the Turkish museums, however, should make their applications through the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums.  If the material they wish to work with 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 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 ARIT-NEH Fellowships are made possible by funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.