American Research Institute in Turkey



ARIT supports and administers programs of fellowships for scholarly research and for language study in Turkey.  Programs for scholars and graduate students based in the U.S. and Canada include the ARIT, the ARIT National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship programs, and the ARIT Summer Language Program at Boğazici University in Istanbul. ARIT Fellows come from all regions of North America and represent many fields of the humanities and social sciences.  ARIT fellowships support individual research projects in ancient, historical, and modern times in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, that must be carried out in Turkey.   Please see individual programs for eligibility criteria. Turkish students and scholars who wish to carry out research in Greece may apply for the Coulson-Cross Aegean Exchange. Turkish scholars may also apply for the Hanfmann and Mellink Fellowships for research in ancient art and archaeology at research institutions outside of Turkey. Please see the list of recent ARIT Fellows for a sample of supported research. 

Programs based in the U.S. Programs based in Turkey



American Research Institute in Turkey Fellowships for Graduate and Post-Doctoral Research in Turkey
: ARIT Fellowships support research in ancient, medieval, or modern times, in any field of the humanities and social sciences.  Post-doctoral and dissertation research fellowships may be held for terms of one month to one academic year.  Stipends generally range from $4,000 to $16,000.  Non-U.S. citizen applicants must be affiliated with U.S. or Canadian institutions.  ARIT Fellowship support comes from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Exchanges, administered by the Council of American Research Centers, and from the American Research Institute in Turkey.

ARIT National Endowment for the Humanities/ARIT Advanced Fellowships
: ARIT NEH Fellowships, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, provide longer term support for advanced research in all fields of the humanities, including prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature, and linguistics as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history.  The fellowship tenures range from four months to a full year.  Stipends range from $16,800 to $50,400.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or three-year residents of the U.S. who have completed all formal training in their field of study.

ARIT Summer Fellowships for Intensive Advanced Turkish Language at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul
: The ARIT summer language program offers scholarship, travel, and stipend to support eight weeks of intensive advanced study of Turkish language and culture at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul.  Applicants must be graduate students in good standing or advanced scholars and also must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. For those who are ineligible to receive ARIT fellowship funding, Bogaziçi University offers courses at all levels in the Turkish Language and Culture Program.  For more information about the program, see the Boğaziçi University Summer School

ARIT Dernek Turkish Fellowship Program
: This program lacks funding at present. It provides support for Turkish scholars and advanced graduate students affiliated with Turkish institutions who are conducting research in any field of the humanities or social sciences in Turkey.  The Türk-Amerikan İlmi Araştırmaları Derneği in Istanbul administers the fellowship program.

W.D.E. Coulson & Toni M. Cross Aegean Exchange Program
: The W.D.E. Coulson and Toni M. Cross Aegean Exchange Program supports Turkish scholars who wish to conduct research in Greece and Greek scholars who wish to carry out research in Turkey. The purpose of the fellowships is to promote scholarly exchanges between Turkey and Greece by supporting the research of nationals of the Republic of Turkey in any field of the humanities and social sciences from pre-historic to modern times who need to conduct their study in Greece. The American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) cooperates to facilitate the exchanges.    Administered by the Türk-Amerikan İlmi Araştırmaları Derneği. George and Ilse Hanfmann Fellowships and Machteld J. Mellink Fellowship Program: This program provides support for younger Turkish scholars and advanced graduate students in archaeology and related fields who are affiliated with Turkish institutions and who wish to study abroad in North America or elsewhere.   Administered by the Türk-Amerikan İlmi Araştırmaları Derneği.



The Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation in Turkey offers support for local and collaborative projects that aim to preserve culturally significant collections or objects, sites, or forms of traditional cultural expression.


The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) administers funds to support post-doctoral research in international and area studies, including Turkey.   For further information contact the ACLS.

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), of which ARIT is a member, sponsors the Multi-Country Fellowship Program which allows scholars to conduct research inmore than one country, at least one of which hosts an American overseas research center.   New this year is the Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship Program. The program is open to U.S. master's students, doctoral candidates and advanced scholars who have earned their doctorates in fields in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences, and who wish to carry out research of regional significance.   For further information, see the CAORC website or contact the fellowships coordinator.

Critical Language Scholarships at Summer Institutes
: New programs support graduate and undergraduate students who will participate in intensive study of Turkish at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels during the summer, 2014.

IIEThe Institute for International Education (IIE, Fulbright) offers programs to support international exchanges with Turkey for students, faculty, and professionals.  For Fulbright information see the Fulbright web page.


The U.S. Department of Education offers Fulbright-Hays Fellowships Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad and the Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad (FRA) Fellowship programs.



The Council on Library and Information Services offers Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources


The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) offers support for research through its programs and fellowships.


The Turkish Studies Association (TSA)
The Institute for Turkish Studies (ITS)
Koc University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations
Turkish Government Scholarships - undergraduate
Turkish Government Scholarships (Tübitak) - advanced
Sabanci University Summer Programs (Ottoman, Turkish language and culture, summer term)
Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award
The Turkish Coalition of America
The Turkish Cultural Foundation
American Research Center in Sofia