American Research Institute in Turkey



1 July - 10 August, 2021

Application deadline is March 15, 2021

Program Announcement |
Program Application Form

THE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM:  For summer 2021, the American Research Institute in Turkey will offer fellowships for advanced participants in the summer program in intensive advanced Turkish language at Boğaziçi University* in Istanbul. The program will run in-country with on-line instruction for summer 2021.  Please contact the program office [aritfellowship at] with specific questions.

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.

COURSE OF STUDY: Participation in the program includes 80 hours of instruction during the summer. Courses supported by the ARIT fellowship are offered at the advanced level.  Class size is limited to ten students.  Classes are conducted in Turkish, with informal and formal styles introduced and reviewed through instruction, online exercises, and open conversations with teaching assistants.  Weekly lectures are given on various aspects of the Turkish culture ranging from economics, history, literature, fine arts, architecture and others by scholars specialized in their fields on Thursdays. Weekly Turkish film sessions are scheduled for Mondays.

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 PROCEDUREComplete the application on-line. Please have transcripts and letters submitted electronically to aritfellowship at The application deadline is March 15, 2021. Please pay the application fee via the link below.

The application includes:

  1. Application form including your 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

Email to: [aritfellowship at] or [aritoffice at]


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 varied levels. For further information contact:

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

Telephone: (90-212) 359-4913
Fax: (90-212) 265-7131
E-mail:  tlcp at

Skype:  turkishlanguageandcultureprogram

Other sources of funding:

Critical Language Scholarships at Summer Institutes. The CLS programs support graduate and undergraduate students to participate in intensive study of Turkish at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels during the summer 2021. Application deadline is generally mid-November.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. FLAS fellowships are administered through the National Resource Centers located within universities. FLAS fellowships support the study of Turkish language both in the US and in Turkey.


The ARIT Summer Fellowships for Advanced Turkish Language is funded by the United States Department of Education, Office of Post-Secondary Education.