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American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR)

ANNOUNCEMENT OF AMERICAN CENTER OF ORIENTAL RESEARCH IN AMMAN FELLOWSHIPS  2017–2018

Deadline for all applications is February 1, 2017

NEH Fellowship: One to two awards of four to six months for scholars who have a Ph.D. or have completed their professional training. Fields of research include: modern and classical languages, linguistics, literature, history, jurisprudence, philosophy, archaeology, comparative religion, ethics, and the history, criticism, and theory of the arts. Social and political scientists are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals living in the U.S. three years immediately preceding the application deadline. The award for six months is $25,200. Awards must be used between August 15, 2017 and December 31, 2018.

ACOR-CAORC Post-Graduate Fellowship: Two or more two- to six-month fellowships for post-doctoral scholars and scholars with a terminal degree in their field, pursuing research or publication projects in the natural and social sciences, humanities, and associated disciplines relating to the Near East. U.S. citizenship required. Maximum award is $32,400. Awards must be used between August 15, 2017 and December 31, 2018. Funding for this fellowship provided by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

ACOR-CAORC Fellowship: Two or more two- to six-month fellowships for masters and doctoral students. Fields of study include all areas of the humanities and the natural and social sciences. Topics should contribute to scholarship in Near Eastern studies. U.S. citizenship required. Maximum award is $23,800. Awards must be used between August 15, 2017 and December 31, 2018. Funding for this fellowship provided by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Jennifer C. Groot Memorial Fellowship: Up to three awards of $1,500 each to support beginners in archaeological fieldwork who have been accepted as team members on archaeological projects with ASOR/CAP affiliation in Jordan. Open to undergraduate or graduate students of U.S. or Canadian citizenship.

Bert and Sally de Vries Fellowship: One award of $1,500 to support a student for participation on an archaeological project or research in Jordan. Senior project staff members whose expenses are being borne largely by the project are ineligible. Open to enrolled undergraduate or graduate students of any nationality except Jordanian citizens.

Harrell Family Fellowship: One award of $2,000 to support a graduate student for participation on an archaeological project or research in Jordan. Senior project staff members whose expenses are being borne largely by the project are ineligible. Open to enrolled graduate students of any nationality except Jordanian citizens.

Pierre and Patricia Bikai Fellowship: Two awards for one month each or one two-month award for residency at ACOR in Amman. It is open to enrolled graduate students of any nationality, except Jordanian citizens, participating in an archaeological project or conducting archaeological work in Jordan. The fellowship includes room and board at ACOR and a monthly stipend of $600.

Burton MacDonald and Rosemarie Sampson Fellowship: One award for either eight weeks residency at ACOR for research in the fields of Ancient Near Eastern languages and history, archaeology, Bible studies, or comparative religion, or a travel grant to assist with participation in an archaeological field project in Jordan. The ACOR residency fellowship option includes room and board at ACOR and a monthly stipend of $400. The travel grant option provides a single payment of $2,000 to help with any project related expenses. Both options are open to enrolled undergraduate or graduate students of Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status.

James A. Sauer Fellowship: One award of $1,250 open to enrolled graduate students of Jordanian citizenship, studying in Jordan or another country, and participating in an archaeological project or pursuing independent research in Jordan. This cycle the fellowship is open only to enrolled graduate students of Jordanian nationality.

Kenneth W. Russell Fellowship: One award of $1,800 to support a graduate student (any nationality except Jordanian) for field work or participating in an ACOR approved archaeological research project. This cycle the fellowship is open to enrolled graduate students of any nationality except Jordanian.

Frederick-Wenger Memorial Endowment: Two awards of $1,500 to assist a Jordanian student with the cost of their education. Eligibility is not limited to a specific field of study, but preference will be given to study related to Jordan's cultural heritage. Candidates must be Jordanian citizens and currently enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students in a Jordanian university.

Jordanian Graduate Student Scholarship: Four awards of $3,000 each to assist Jordanian graduate students with the annual costs of their academic programs during the period May 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018. Candidates must be Jordanian citizens and currently enrolled in either a Master's or Doctoral program in a Jordanian university. Eligibility is limited to students in programs related to Jordan's cultural heritage (for example: archaeology, anthropology, linguistics/epigraphy, history, conservation, museum studies, and cultural resource management related issues). Awardees who demonstrate excellent progress in their programs will be eligible to apply in consecutive years.

Jordanian Travel Scholarship for ASOR Annual Meeting: Two travel scholarships of $3,500 each to assist Jordanians participating and delivering a paper at the ASOR Annual meeting in mid-November in the United States. Academic papers should be submitted through the ASOR's website (www.asor.org/am) by February 1, 2017. Final award selection will be determined by the ASOR program committee. 

New Fellowship - ACOR Fellow MESA Award:  One award of $1,000 to a former ACOR Fellow of any nationality for participation in the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) annual meeting. Eligible applicants are graduate students or post-doctoral scholars who had previously been awarded any ACOR Fellowship and whose abstract has been accepted for presentation at the 2017 MESA annual meeting.  Former CAORC, NEH and fellows from our ‘named’ scholarships or our scholarships for Jordanians are eligible. Former Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) students of Arabic who were resident at ACOR between 2006 and 2012 are also eligible to apply. For more information, please see our announcement on MESA’s website: http://mesana.org/professional-opportunities/grants-competitions.html#ACOR.

Please Note: NEH, CAORC, MacDonald and Sampson (residency option), and Bikai Fellows will reside at the ACOR facility in Amman while conducting their research.

Further information can be found at http://www.acorjordan.org/about-acor-fellowships/
Other fellowships administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) are available. Please visit http://www.caorc.org/fellowships to learn more.