ARIT is the primary organization serving American and Canadian researchers and scholars interested in carrying out study and research in and about Turkey. ARIT centers offer a wide range of scholarly and educational activities in Istanbul, Ankara, and the U.S. ARIT administers fellowships for research and language study in the country and supports academic exchanges with Turkish and other scholars.
ARIT is a charter member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), a private not-for-profit federation of independent overseas research centers that promote advanced research.
ARIT is a membership organization, composed of 45 North American universities and institutions. Through their annual dues and contributions, ARIT members support ARIT operations and programs in Turkey and the U.S. Full members pay annual dues of $2500; a single membership may be shared by associations of two or five institutions, apportioning the membership dues proportionally. For further information about institutional membership, please contact the ARIT office in Philadelphia.
Member institutions appoint delegates to represent their interests. ARIT delegates conduct the governance and guide the work of the Institute. They elect Officers and Directors from among their numbers. Delegates also make up the Committee on Nominations and Committee on Finance. The Committee on Fellowships is nominated and elected from outside of ARIT membership.