ARCE Research Fellowship (CAORC or NEH funded) Application Guidelines

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.

Eligibility for funding from the Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau of the US State Department (ECA):

  • Applicant must be an American citizen
  • Applicants may be ABD doctoral candidates, postdoctoral, faculty or independent scholars
  • Funding available for 3-12 continuous months in Egypt

Eligibility for funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH):[1]

  • Applicant must be an American citizen or foreign national residing in the US for three consecutive years prior to and including the year of application
  • Applicants must have attained Ph.D. status prior to January 16, 2022
  • Funding available four (4) continuous months in Egypt.

Applicants possessing doctoral degrees will automatically be considered for both NEH and ECA funding assuming a four (4) month minimum residency.

The Application: A completed Research Fellowship application consists of the following components:

A 1500 word research proposal that:

  • Describes your intended research
  • Describes your research methodology(ies)
  • Demonstrates the need to consult sources in Egypt
  • Explains the scholarly significance of your research and your qualifications to undertake the research
  • Assesses the feasibility of completing your research within the proposed timeframe
  • Describes the final publication format (dissertation, book, chapter, etc.) of your research
  • Three recommendation letters for all applicants PLUS one language proficiency recommendation letter for pre-doctoral applicants
  • Graduate and undergraduate transcripts for pre-doctoral applicants. Please remove all password protections from transcripts prior to submission.

[1] ARCE plans to award one four-month (4) fellowship pending notification of its successful grant application in April 2022.

Ministry Security Forms:

  • Antiquities applicants:
  • Ministry of Antiquities security form
  • Passport style photograph with white background
  • One-page CV
  • All other applicants:
  • Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) security form (Arabic)
  • Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) application form (English)
  • 100-200 word Arabic abstract describing the proposed research (uploaded as a PDF document). Keep the language simple and do not use academic jargon.

ARCE Research Fellowship Per Diem


National Endowment for the Humanities funded (pending notification of NEH award to ARCE)

$5,000 / month


State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs funded through CAORC

Monthly per diem



One dependent

Two dependents

Doctoral candidate




Assistant Professor




Associate Professor




Full Professor




ARCE Scholar in Residence:  In addition to conducting his/her own research, the Scholar-in-Residence agrees to advise junior scholars and may recommend and assist in organizing a workshop, conference, or other scholarly activity in consultation with the ARCE Executive Director. An additional modest per diem is available for the Scholar-in-Residence for these concurrent duties. Interested and qualified candidates may indicate their interest on the ARCE fellowship application for the period corresponding to their ARCE fellowship. The Fellowship Selection Committee will make recommendations to the ARCE Director, who makes the final selection and offers the successful applicant the additional award.

  • Faculty and senior scholars interested in serving as the ARCE Scholar-in-Residence should indicate your interest on the application. Duties include mentoring Fellows new to the field or to Egypt. The residency is concurrent with the fellowship and offers a modest $250 honorarium per month.

MoA-affiliated applicants:  Fellowships are not intended to support participation on an expedition as an expedition member. It is possible for you to associate with an expedition to access research materials in an expedition storeroom or to conduct independent research at an expedition site. If this describes your research, please contact Academic Programs Manager Djodi Deutsch, prior to submitting your application to determine its acceptability under the ARCE guidelines.

Important Note: 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.

Application Submission Deadline: January 16, 2022 11:59 PM PST. Apply here