The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Senior Research Fellowship supports advanced research in the humanities. Fellowship awards are for four to six consecutive months (i.e. one can hold the fellowship for four, five, or six consecutive months).
Important information about the fellowship competition:
Fields of study include, but are not limited to, history, philosophy, religious studies, literature, literary criticism, and visual and performing arts. In addition, research that embraces a humanistic approach and methods will be considered.
Applicants must propose four consecutive months of research in an American overseas research center in one of the following countries: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Cyprus, Georgia, Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Senegal, Sri Lanka or Tunisia. Fellows may travel and carry out research for four to six consecutive months between the period of May 2020 to November 2021. Selected fellows must work on their research full-time during their period of funding.
Notification of Research fellowship status will be made available to each applicant via email by the end of April 2020. Fellows are advised that it can take up to six months to obtain necessary research clearances and should plan accordingly.
Founded in 1981, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) is a private nonprofit federation of independent overseas research centers (ORCs) that promote advanced research, particularly in the humanities and social sciences, with a focus on the conservation and recording of cultural heritage and the understanding and interpretation of modern societies.
CAORC fosters research projects across national boundaries, encourages collaborative research and programmatic and administrative coherence among member centers, and works to expand their resource base and service capacity. CAORC member centers maintain a permanent presence in the host countries where they operate—in Europe, Latin America, the Near and Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and West Africa.
The centers are the primary vehicle through which American scholars carry out research vital to our understanding of and the intersection with other cultures. Some centers have existed for over a century while others were founded in the decades following World War II in response to American scholarly needs and host country invitations. Nearly four hundred American universities, colleges, and museums hold multiple memberships in the centers which serve their institutional members, individual fellows and members, and affiliated scholars through a broad range of research- and teaching-support services.
Funding is awarded from sources including the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Smithsonian Institution, as well as from private foundations and individuals.
Algeria, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Cyprus, Georgia, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka
Selected fellows will be awarded $5,000 per month of the award.
Applicants are required to meet the following eligibility requirements.
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have resided in the U.S. for three years prior to the application deadline.
- Applicants must hold a PhD.
- Funding is not available for research conducted in the U.S.
- It is not required to be affiliated with a U.S. academic institution to apply.
Minority scholars and scholars from Minority Serving Institutions are strongly encouraged to apply.
Eligible Regions: Open for All (Applicant should have resided in the U.S. for three years prior to the application deadline)