The American Research Center in Eygpt

Pre-Dissertation Travel Grants

Pre-Dissertation Travel Grants


ARCE Pre-dissertation Travel Grant Application Guidelines

Our new application portal is made possible through cooperation with the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. All documentation should be uploaded using the online process and must be completed before submitting the application.

The deadline for all applications is January 15, 2018. Apply here >>

Fields of Study: Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Art History, Comparative Literature, Coptic Studies, Economics, Egyptology, Ethnomusicology, Gender Studies, History, Humanistic Social Sciences, Islamic Studies, Literature, Music, Political Science, and Religious Studies.


  • Applicant must be an American citizen;
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program at an accredited university in the U.S. or abroad;
  • Applicants must be available to conduct 4-8 weeks research in Egypt;
  • Applicants must have completed all coursework prior to arriving in Egypt;
  • An applicant may habe already passed his or her comprehensive exams and/or been granted approval for the dissertation proposal. 

Award: Not to exceed $2400 or roughly $300/week plus round-trip economy airfare.

The Application:

A completed Pre-dissertation travel grant application consists of the following components:

  • An online application form
  • Statement of purpose (1200 words) that:
    • Describes the goals and objectives of the proposed travel
    • Describes how the proposed research trip fits within the development of your dissertation proposal and your overall research plan
    • Describes the concept, methodology and significance of the proposed research project in relation to the your academic field
    • Simple budget with a description of estimated costs
  • Two letters of reference from those who know your work; one must be from your advisor.
  • One language evaluation (ancient or contemporary) from a language teacher or faculty member.
  • Graduate and undergraduate transcripts.

Review Criteria:

  • Validity, significance and feasibility of proposed dissertation topic;
  • Faculty support as indicated by letters of reference;
  • Connection between the travel grant plans and dissertation proposal development;
  • Scholarly achievement;
  • Requisite language capability.

Important note for ALL applicants: All scholars conducting research with ARCE’s administrative or financial support require security clearance from the Egyptian government. If your research relies on interviews, public observation, questionnaires, participant observation, visual anthropology, or attending public events or if your research focuses on the military, religious movements, civilian-military relations, or politics in the current century it is unlikely you will gain clearance. Applicants should consult the Cairo office prior to completing your application if any of those scenarios applies to you. 

Important note for antiquities applicants:  Grants are not intended to support participation as an expedition member. Contact Djodi Deutsch,, if your proposals includes visits to heritage sites or fieldwork.

All inquiries should be sent to Djodi Deutsch, Academic Programs Coordinator:


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