Fellowships

ARCE’s fellowship program has benefited more than 700 scholars over six decades whose research interests span Egypt’s periods and cultures.

ARCE Fellows at Edfu, 1991

ARCE offers funded fellowships and a research associate program for a wide range of scholars looking to conduct research in Egypt. Previous fellows have represented the fields of anthropology, archaeology, architecture, fine art, art history, Coptic studies, economics, Egyptology, history, humanistic social sciences, Islamic studies, literature, political science, religious studies and even music. Alumni include directors and faculty of Middle Eastern studies and history departments at leading universities, in the United States and abroad, and curators of Egyptian and Near Eastern art at major museums and research institutions. Publications produced by scholars through ARCE fellowship experiences contribute substantially to research on Egypt by Americans since 1957.

Decades of close collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities (MoA) and Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) enable ARCE to provide fellows with solid administrative support and advice that eases access to Egyptian museums, monuments, archaeological sites, research libraries, archives and Egyptian institutions of higher education. 

 

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ARCE Research Fellowship and Grant Opportunities

ARCE-CAORC Research Fellowships

This fellowship is open to U.S. citizen pre-doctoral candidates (ABD), postdoctoral scholars, faculty and senior scholars at museums, universities and institutions worldwide for a minimum stay of three months and a maximum stay of 12 months. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs funds the fellowship through a grant to the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC).  

  • Four to six fellowships are funded annually. Per diem ranges from $2,200-$3,520 per month based on academic rank, plus round trip airfare. Guidelines are available here.

ARCE-NEH Fellowships

This fellowship is open to American postdoctoral scholars, faculty and senior scholars at universities, museums, and institutions worldwide and to foreign nationals who have been resident in the United States for three (3) consecutive years immediately preceding the application deadline. Advanced degree candidates must have completed all requirements -except for the actual conferral of the degree-by January 18, 2021. 

One four-month fellowship will be awarded. The per diem is $5,000 per month. Guidelines are available here.

Short-Term Research Grant for Postdoctoral, Adjunct Faculty and Independent Scholars

This grant is open to U.S. citizen postdoctoral, adjunct, community college, HBCU/MSI faculty, and visiting or independent scholars whose access to institutional funding for research travel may be limited. For these scholars, ARCE will offer a short-term travel grant designed to support research travel to Egypt. Minimum stay is three weeks; maximum stay is six weeks. During this period the grantee will conduct research pertaining to a new or ongoing research project. Eligibility, field of study, application and selection processes mirror those of the ARCE fellowships already on offer. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs funds the fellowship through a grant to the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC).

  • One $2,640 grant plus round trip airfare is awarded in years when qualified candidates apply. Guidelines are available here.

Pre-Dissertation Travel Grant

This fellowship is open to U.S. citizen pre-doctoral candidates who have completed all coursework prior to arriving in Egypt. S/he may have passed his or her comprehensive exams and/or been granted approval for the dissertation proposal. It is not necessary to have advanced to ABD status. The grantee will conduct exploratory research to identify sources, build professional networks and visit heritage sites, research libraries and archives in Egypt. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs funds the fellowship through a grant to the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC).  Minimum one month, maximum two months stay.  

  • One $2,400 grant plus round trip airfare is awarded in years when qualified candidates applyGuidelines are available here.

Research Associates

This unfunded research status enables independent scholars with funding from private sources to affiliate with ARCE. Research associates receive the same administrative support in terms of clearances, permissions and mentoring as ARCE Fellows, but do not receive ARCE funding. U.S. citizens and foreign nationals at U.S. universities are eligible to apply. 

  • Guidelines are available here.

Theodore N. Romanoff Prize

The Theodore N. Romanoff Prize is open to doctoral candidates (ABD) and recent Ph.D. recipients (degree granted between 2016-2020) conducting research on the language or historical texts of ancient Egypt, including the Coptic language. American scholars worldwide and non-American scholars studying or teaching at an American university in the United States are eligible to apply. Research must be conducted in Egypt. Applicants may apply for this funding as a stand-alone fellowship or combine it with other funding sources. One $4000 fellowship will be funded annually. 

The Prize was created in tribute to Theodore Romanoff who received his M.A. from The Artemis A.W. and Martha Sharp Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University. His thesis concerned hieroglyphic writing; he additionally studied Demotic and Coptic with dedication and passion. 

  • One $4,000 fellowship will be funded annually. Guidelines are available here.

William P. McHugh Memorial Fund

The William P. McHugh Memorial Fund encourages the study of Egyptian geo-archaeology and prehistory by providing a special award to a pre-doctoral student. Currently, the award is only offered in conjunction with an ARCE-CAORC Research Fellowship and therefore, is open to U.S. citizens at universities worldwide.

  • One $600 award annually. Guidelines are available here.

To apply click here. 

IMPORTANT DATES
November 1, 2020 Applications will be available online and call for submissions will open
January 18, 2021 Deadline for all fellowship applications, including all references
February 2021 Fellowship Committee meets
March 2021 Candidates notified of acceptance
September 2021 Notification of clearances received, fellows authorized
 

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