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Mellon Research Fellowships in Turkey

CAS 16/02/2007

DESCRIPTION: The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) is pleased to invite applications for Mellon Research Fellowships in Turkey for 2007-2008.

Funds for the fellowships have been provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (http://www.mellon.org) for the purpose of bringing East-Central European scholars into a broader research community. ARIT is offering three fellowships to scholars from East European and Baltic countries including the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, and Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Applicants must hold the PhD or its equivalent. They may engage in advanced research in any field of the humanities and allied social sciences involving Turkey.

STIPEND: The fellowships cover two to three months of research to be carried out in Turkey, in affiliation with the ARIT centers in Istanbul and Ankara. The program offers a stipend up to $11,500 to cover the costs of conducting the scholar's research project, including travel, living expenses, and work-related costs. Scholars are affiliated with ARIT centers in Istanbul and/or Ankara. The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (http://www.caorc.org) administers the Mellon Fellowship Program.

ELIGIBILITY: Scholars from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, and Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, who hold a PhD. degree or its equivalent and who are citizens and permanent residents of one of the nine included countries are eligible to apply. Preference is given to scholars in the early stages of their careers who have not had the opportunity for extensive travel. Fellows are expected to devote full time to their projects and to participate in the activities of the Institute's centers in Istanbul and Ankara. Applicants may not have held a fellowship under this program for five years prior to the current fellowship year.

RESEARCH PERMISSION: Turkish law requires all foreign scholars to obtain formal permission for any research to be carried out in Turkey. ARIT Mellon fellows are personally responsible for obtaining their research permission. Information on procedures may be obtained through the Turkish diplomatic office within each country. Since it may take several months to gain research permission, applicants are urged to learn the procedures necessary for gaining permission as soon as possible. Applicants may contact the ARIT office in the U.S. for assistance.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications consist of 1) a brief project statement (3-5 pages) outlining the project and its significance; 2) a current curriculum vitae; and 3) two letters of reference from scholars in the applicant's field commenting on the value and feasibility of the project. (Letters of reference should be sent directly from the reviewer). (See application format.)

Applications and supporting letters must be submitted by March 6, 2007, to
American Research Institute in Turkey,
University of Pennsylvania Museum,
3260 South Street,
Philadelphia PA 19104-6324.

For further information contact ARIT, telephone: (215) 898-3474; fax: (215) 898-0657; e-mail: ARIT executive director [ ]. ARIT expects to notify applicants of the decision of the Committee on Fellowships by the end of May 2007.

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