Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship Program
The 2013/14 cycle is closed. Please check back in September 2014 for details on the 2014/15 cycle.
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- Eligibility requirements apply at the time of application. Applicants must meet all of the following requirements and will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin and/or disability.
- Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Proof of citizenship or residency must be shown upon award notification.
- Must be a doctoral candidate who has completed all Ph.D. requirements with the exception of the dissertation or a scholar who obtained his/her Ph.D. within the last ten years (September 2003 or after).
- Must be engaged in the study of and research in the humanities or related social sciences.
- Must seek to conduct research in one or more countries in the Mediterranean region, one of which must host a participating American overseas research center (ORC). See list of applicable countries below.
Applicants may propose travel to one or more of the following countries, one of which must host a participating American overseas research center (ORC):
- Algeria – American Institute for Maghrib Studies
- Bulgaria – American Research Center in Sofia
- Cyprus – Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute
- Egypt – American Research Center in Egypt
- Greece – American School of Classical Studies at Athens
- Israel – W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem
- Italy – American Academy in Rome
- Jordan – American Center of Oriental Research
- Libya – American Institute for Maghrib Studies
- Morocco – American Institute for Maghrib Studies
- Palestine – Palestinian American Research Center
- Tunisia – American Institute for Maghrib Studies
- Turkey – American Research Institute in Turkey
The deadline for application submission is Monday, January 13, 2014, 11:59pm EST. Letters of recommendation sent via email must be received by the deadline. Letters of recommendation and graduate transcripts sent via postal mail must be post-marked by Monday, January 13, 2014 and received by Tuesday, January 21, 2014.
Fellowships Terms and Conditions
- Fellowships are limited to the support of study and research in the humanities and related social sciences.
- Fellowships may be awarded to doctoral candidates who have completed all Ph.D. requirements with the exception of the dissertation and scholars who have received a Ph.D. within the last ten years.
- Fellowships will be awarded to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only. Proof of citizenship or residency must be shown upon award notification.
- Applicants must propose and conduct field research in one or more countries in the Mediterranean region, one of which must host a participating American overseas research center (ORC).
- Fellowship tenure must be between three and nine months in duration. The fellowship tenure need not be continuous.
- Fellows must complete their fellowships and submit a final report by October 31, 2015. Any unused portion of the stipend must be returned to CAORC by this date.
- Award amounts will be calculated at $3,000 plus $2,700 per month. A supplementary stipend of $700 per month will be granted for travel in the following countries: Algeria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Montenegro, Spain, and Turkey. Fellowship awards will not exceed $33,600. No dependent allowance is available.
- While CAORC encourages scholars to apply to other federal and private sources in addition to the CAORC Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship Program, CAORC fellows may not simultaneously hold other major fellowships or awards. CAORC fellows who receive additional awards must contact CAORC immediately to discuss possible date and stipend adjustments.
- CAORC fellows will be granted all privileges normally accorded other fellows at the ORC with which they will affiliate.
- CAORC is unable to provide health or other insurance to its fellows. Fellows are required to supply CAORC with proof of health insurance as well as emergency evacuation and repatriation of remains insurance before leaving the United States.
- Fellowships are authorized only after the ORC with which the fellow intends to affiliate has given approval and a security clearance has been granted.
- Fellowship recipients are eligible to reapply for a second Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship three years after their most recent award.
- CAORC does not advise fellows on tax questions concerning their stipend.
Preparing to Apply
Tips for Applying
- Meet the eligibility guidelines and the application deadline.
- Read the website of the proposed affiliate ORCs to ensure that the proposed research topic fits within their broad purview. Links to all ORC websites can be found on the Centers Page.
- Read and follow the instructions.
- Include only the information and materials requested and observe limitations on length.
Tips for Letters of Recommendations
- Ask for letters as early as possible. The applicant is responsible for notifying referees of their request for letters and for ensuring those letters are submitted to CAORC by the deadline.
- All references must be in English.
- Ph.D. candidates must submit one letter from their academic advisor with the Academic Advisor Form.
- Do not submit more references than the 2 required.
- Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from your referee via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Documents, scanned with signature and in PDF format are preferred.
Important Notes Regarding Applications
- Funding is not available for research conducted outside the Mediterranean region.
- Application submission is via the on-line application system. Once an application is submitted it cannot be resubmitted or edited.
- CAORC’s preferred method of letter of recommendation submission is via email. Letters sent via postal mail must be mailed by the application deadline and received no more than a week later.
- If you are a Ph.D. candidate studying abroad please send MA transcripts and a letter from the registrar stating that you are registered in the Ph.D. program.
- Notification of fellowship status will be made available to each applicant via email by Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Fellows are advised that it can take up to six months to obtain the necessary research clearance and should plan accordingly.
- Applicants applying to travel to Greece and affiliating with the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) must submit an ASCSA Associate Member application and a copy of their CAORC application online on the ASCSA web site, www.ascsa.edu.gr
- Applicants applying to travel to Egypt should plan to commence their research in Egypt no earlier than October 1, 2014 to ensure adequate time for research clearance.
- Travel restrictions due to security concerns may prevent fellows from traveling to certain countries. If such restrictions occur, CAORC will work with fellows to adjust travel plans if appropriate for their research.
- Proof of Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval must be provided, if relevant, upon receipt of fellowship.
On-line application form not available after the deadline has past. Deadline for application submission is Monday, January 13, 2014
Letters of recommendation and graduate transcripts sent via postal mail must be post-marked by Monday, January 13, 2014 and received by Tuesday, January 21, 2014
A complete application consists of:
- Application Form (application form not available after the deadline has past) – submitted online and including:
- Project Description – On a separate sheet of paper, in 1500 words or less, please describe the nature of your proposed project and your competence to carry out the required research. State your research question and the methods and procedures you will use to conduct your research. Give the reasons why your project requires your presence in the country/ies you indicated and indicate the facilities (e.g., libraries, museums, archives, field sites) that you plan to use while conducting your research. What relationship will you have with the host-country ORC(s)? Finally, indicate the extent to which you have investigated other funding sources. Please note that those judging your application may not be specialists in your field.
- Project Bibliography/Literature Review – 1 page maximum, additional pages will not be submitted to the readers for review.
- Curriculum Vitae – 3 pages maximum, additional pages will not be submitted to the readers for review.
- Two Letters of Recommendation- Ph.D. candidates must have one letter from academic advisor with a signed Academic Advisor Form.
- Graduate Transcripts – Ph.D. candidates only
Please read the Application Instructions before submitting your application.
On-line application form not available after the deadline has past.
Your project description, project bibliography/literature review, and curriculum vitae should be uploaded as part of your on-line application. Documents in MS Word format are preferred.
Please have your letters of recommendation sent directly from your referee via email to email@example.com. Documents, scanned with the referee’s signature and in PDF format are preferred.
Please have your transcript (if applicable) mailed directly to CAORC via the U.S. Postal Service or Express Mail (FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc.):
Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship Program
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012Express Mail:
c/o Natural History Museum
10th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20560-0178
Fellows will be selected by the CAORC grants panel made up of scholars accustomed to conducting regional research. Please note that readers may not be specialists in your field. Applicants will be judged according to the following criteria:
- Significance, relevance, and potential contribution to regional scholarly research.
- Applicant qualifications.
- Research design and methodology.
- Significance to the applicant’s field.
- Significance to needs and interests of host country and CAORC.
- Feasibility in terms of resources and amount of time allocated to the project.
- Need for residence in host country/ies to accomplish the project.
- Proficiency in language required to complete research project, if applicable.
Notification of fellowship status will be made available to each applicant via email by Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Fellows are advised that it can take up to six months to obtain the necessary research clearance.