American Research Institute in Turkey


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THE FELLOWSHIPS:  The American Research Institute in Turkey is pleased to offer ARIT fellowships for research in Turkey for the academic year 2016-2017.  Grants for tenures up to one academic year will be considered; applications for projects of shorter duration are also supported. ARIT operates hostel, research, and study facilities for researchers in Turkey at 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 2016, 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 must provide complete application information.   Application materials and three letters of recommendation must be submitted by NOVEMBER 1, 2015.  Please refer to the application format and cover page appended here (.pdf).  Submit your application by e-mail to Please have letters of reference sent directly to ARIT by either mail or e-mail. Letters should support the proposed research and your capacity to carry out the project. Graduate student applicants must provide a copy of their graduate transcript. Supporting documents in paper form 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 ARIT expects to notify applicants of the decision of the Committee on Fellowships by late January 2016.

RESEARCH PERMISSION: ARIT fellowship applicants are responsible for obtaining the appropriate research permissions 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; this includes researchers who wish to work in libraries housed in Turkish museums. For archival and library research with tenures of less than three months, some foreign scholars may enter Turkey on a tourist visa and apply for the research permit and visa from within Turkey; or researchers may choose to procure a research visa via the Turkish Embassy in advance of their arrival. Scholars wishing to carry out research in Turkey for terms longer than three months should apply for the research permit and in addition secure a research visa prior to entering Turkey. Non-U.S. researchers should consult the Turkish Consulate for specific procedures.

Researchers who wish to work with collections and some libraries housed in Turkish museums, however, should make their applications through the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums.  In addition, if the material they wish to work with is part of an excavation or survey, researchers must submit a letter with their application that is signed by the project director giving permission to carry out the research.  The research permit 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.