The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq
(TAARII – formerly the American Association for Research in
Baghdad, AARB) was founded in 1989 by a consortium of American universities,
colleges, and museums, in order to promote scholarly research on
Iraq and exchange between American and Iraqi scholars. The Gulf War
and subsequent U.N. sanctions on Iraq caused the organization to
suspend its activities. It remained dormant until 2003.
TAARIIs regional office and Resident Director will
be located in Amman, Jordan temporarily, until conditions permit
relocation to Iraq. In the meantime, TAARII’s
Resident Director, Executive Director, President, and Board are planning
TAARII provides fellowships for U.S. citizens to conduct research on Iraq at pre-doctoral and post-doctoral levels and for Iraqis to conduct research in Iraq. Fellowships are available for research work in any legitimate academic field. Other program activities include conferences, a dissertation prize, and a translation series to bring contemporary Iraqi poetry and fiction to an English-language audience.