The American Research Center in Eygpt



Over the course of five decades, ARCE’s fellowship program has benefited more than 650 scholars, whose research interests span the diversity of Egypt’s periods and cultures. Program alumni include directors and faculty of Middle Eastern studies departments at leading universities in the United States and abroad, and curators of Egyptian and Near Eastern art at major museums and research institutions. The goal of ARCE’s fellowship program is to promote a more profound knowledge of Egypt and the Near East through study and research and to aid in the training of American specialists in academic disciplines that require familiarity with Egypt.

The annual competition for ARCE pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships attracts applicants from throughout the United States. Collectively, the publications resulting from ARCE fellowships constitute a substantial collection that includes a sizable portion of all scholarly output on Egypt by Americans since 1957. Some two hundred doctoral dissertations have been made possible as a result of research conducted under ARCE’s auspices.

ARCE has fostered special ties with Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities (MoA) and the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) that enable fellows to have frequent and privileged access to their Egyptian counterparts, and Egyptian museums, monuments, archaeological sites, and research libraries and archives. The protocol between ARCE and the Egyptian government makes the dissemination of important research to the scholarly community within Egypt and abroad possible. 


Funded Fellowships

ARCE administers research fellowships for students enrolled in doctoral programs at North American universities, and for American post-doctoral scholars and professionals affiliated with universities and research institutions worldwide. 

Research Associate

Research associates receive all administrative and logistical benefits accorded ARCE Fellows, but do not receive financial support. They may conduct research in Egypt for up to 12 months under the auspices of ARCE.

CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) offers this fellowship program to support advanced regional research on broad questions of multi-country significance in the fields of humanities, social sciences, and related natural sciences. The next cycle is coming soon. 


ARCE Fellowship Dates
Applications available online November 1, 2016
Candidates may submit applications starting November 1, 2016
Deadline for all Fellowship applications including all references January 15, 2017
Fellowship Committee meets February 2017
Candidates notified of acceptance March 2017
Notification of clearances received, fellows authorized September 2017



ARCE has been notified that the Egyptian Museum in Cairo has implemented new rules for scholars wishing to take photos for study or research publication. A fee structure is in effect and a Study Request Application must be submitted in advance. PDFs of the application form and the photography rules and fees are available for downloading. Study Requests for EMC images should be sent to: Egyptian Museum – Tahrir Square – Cairo, Egypt; or by e-mail:

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