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Mellon Research Fellowships in Turkey for 2011-2012



The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) is pleased to invite applications for Mellon Research Fellowships in Turkey* for 2011-2012. Funds for the fellowships have been provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers for the purpose of bringing East and Central European scholars into a broader research community. ARIT is offering three or four fellowships to scholars and advanced graduate students from East European countries including the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, and the Baltics including Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. ARIT Mellon fellows may engage in advanced research in any field of the humanities and allied social sciences involving Turkey. The fellowships provide up to $20,000 for three or more months of research to be carried out in affiliation with the ARIT institutes in Istanbul and Ankara.


Scholars from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, and Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, who are citizens and permanent residents of one of the nine included countries are eligible to apply. Applicants may hold a PhD degree or its equivalent. Preference is given to scholars in the early stages of their careers. Applicants may not have held a fellowship under this program for five years prior to the current fellowship year. Applicants may also use the fellowship to carry out doctoral dissertation research. Doctoral applicants must have completed all requirements for the doctorate apart from the dissertation. 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.


Applications consist of 1) a brief project statement (3-5 pages) outlining the project plan and its significance to the field of study; 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 to ARIT directly from the reviewer). (See application format.) Applications and supporting letters must be submitted by March 3, 2011, to the 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 [leinwand at sas.upenn.edu]. A post-mark deadline is permitted. ARIT expects to notify applicants of the decision of the Committee on Fellowships by the end of May 2011.


Turkish law requires all foreign scholars to obtain formal permission for any research to be carried out in Turkish institutions and sites. 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 a permit as early as possible. Applicants may contact the ARIT offices in Turkey or the U.S. for assistance.

The ARIT Mellon fellowship program is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

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