American Research Institute in Turkey



Program Announcement | Program Application Form

Program dates for summer 2016 to be posted in late fall 2015.

THE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM:  For summer 2016, the American Research Institute in Turkey will offer approximately 15 fellowships for advanced students for participation in the summer program in intensive advanced Turkish language at Boğaziçi University* in Istanbul.  This intensive program offers the equivalent of one full academic year of study in Turkish at the college level. The fellowships cover round-trip airfare to Istanbul, application and tuition fees, and a maintenance stipend.  

PREDEPARTURE ACTIVITIES: Participation in the program includes 6 hours of preparation prior to departure for Turkey, most of which will be on-line orientation activities, followed by 10 hours of orientation upon arrival in Istanbul.

COURSE OF STUDY: ARIT fellowship supported courses are offered at the advanced level.  Class size is limited to ten students.  Each class meets twenty hours per week.  Classes are held on weekdays from 9 am to 1 pm.   They are conducted in Turkish, with informal and formal styles introduced and reviewed through instruction, language laboratory work, and open conversations with teaching assistants.  In the afternoon, students meet with teaching assistants on an informal basis for additional instruction and free conversation.  Participants also attend extracurricular activities including films, lectures, and cultural events both on- and off-campus.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:  Full-time students and scholars affiliated at academic institutions are eligible to apply. To be a fellowship applicant, you must:

  1. Be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States
  2. Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level academic program, or be faculty
  3. Have a minimum B average in current program of study; and
  4. Perform at the high-intermediate level on a proficiency-based admissions examination

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Application materials are available here [Application.pdf]. Complete and save the .pdf form and submit electronically to the e-mail address below or as a paper form to the mailing address. The application deadline is February 5. The application includes:

  1. Application form and statement of purpose
  2. Three letters of reference, including one that addresses your abilities as a language learner
  3. Official transcript
  4. Application fee in the amount of $25 via Paypal.

You also may request information by contacting:

Director, Dr. Sylvia Önder
Division of Eastern Mediterranean Languages
Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies
Georgetown University
210 North Poulton Hall
1437 - 37th Street N.W.
Washington D.C. 20007

Email to:

[aritfellowship at] or []


This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Post-Secondary Education, together with the American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages and Georgetown University.

*PLEASE NOTE: The Boğaziçi University Turkish Language and Culture Program offers intensive courses at all levels. For further information contact:

The Language Center
Turkish Language and Culture Program
Boğaziçi University
34342  Bebek

Telephone: (90-212) 359-7678
Fax: (90-212) 265-7131
E-mail:  tlcp at

Skype:  turkishlanguageandcultureprogram


The intensive advanced Turkish language program of the American Research Institute in Turkey is funded by the United States Department of Education, Office of Post-Secondary Education.