American Research Institute in Turkey


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THE FELLOWSHIPS:  The American Research Institute in Turkey will offer ARIT fellowships for research in Turkey for the academic year 2015-2016.  Grants for tenures up to one academic year will be considered; some preference, however, is given to projects of shorter duration.  ARIT operates hostel, research, and study facilities for researchers in Turkey at its branch centers in Istanbul and Ankara.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:  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 2015, 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.   APPLICATIONS AND THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION MUST BE SUBMITTED BY NOVEMBER 1, 2014.  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 mail to the address below or e-mail to  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. Any 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 the ARIT executive director [leinwand at]. ARIT expects to notify applicants of the decision of the Committee on Fellowships by late January 2015.

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 short-term research tenures some foreign scholars may enter Turkey on a tourist visa and apply for the research permit and visa from within Turkey; or scholars 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 website. ARIT may withhold payment of fellowship stipends if official research permission is not obtained. 

DoS-ECA 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 and generous Friends of ARIT.