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Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)

CAORC Annual Fellowship Competitions

Multi-Country Research Fellowship 


The Council of American Overseas Research Centers Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their PhD. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Scholars must carry out research for a minimum of 90 days in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Approximately eight awards of up to $11,000 each will be given each year.

Applicants must:
  • be a U.S. citizen. Proof of citizenship (photocopy of passport) must be shown upon award notification.
  • have a Ph.D. or be a doctoral candidate who has completed all Ph.D. requirements with the exception of the dissertation.
  • be engaged in the study of and research in the humanities, social sciences, and allied natural sciences.
  • seek to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance in two or more countries outside the United States, one of which must host a participating American overseas research center (ORC).
Minority scholars and scholars from Minority Serving Institutions are strongly encouraged to apply.    

CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowships are supported with funding from the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 

Deadline: January 23, 2020

You can find out more information here and if you have questions, please email fellowships@caorc.org.

To see frequently asked questions (provided by Fluid Review), please see the following web page:  https://help.fluidreview.com/hc/en-us/articles/115003895714-Applicant-FAQ
   

National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Research Fellowship 

Fellowship awards are a for a maximum of four to six consecutive months for postdoctoral scholars to carry out research in one eligible country. Selected fellows are awarded a stipend of $5,000 per month of the award. Approximately three awards are expected to be given out each year. 

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 hold a PhD.
  • Applicants must propose four to six 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
  • Selected fellows must work on their research full-time during their period of funding.
  • Eligibility for NEH fellowships is limited to United States citizens and foreign nationals who have been residents in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline for the grant.
Minority scholars and scholars from Minority Serving Institutions are strongly encouraged to apply.    

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) under the Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI). 

Deadline: January 23, 2020 

A few additional notes about the fellowship applications:
  • It is possible to apply for both the Multi-Country Research Fellowship and the NEH Senior Research Fellowship.
  • Applications in Fluid Review will lock at midnight on the night of the deadline and it will not be possible to continue making edits.
  • Referees have one week after the applicant deadline to upload their recommendation letters into Fluid Review. 
You can find out more information here and if you have questions, please email fellowships@caorc.org.

To see frequently asked questions (provided by Fluid Review), please see the following web page:  https://help.fluidreview.com/hc/en-us/articles/115003895714-Applicant-FAQ


CAORC Faculty Development Seminars

CAORC-AIIS Faculty Development Seminar: Urban Sustainability

​This award program, administered by CAORC in collaboration with its member center in India, the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS), funds participation in a two-week capacity building workshop in India that will include stays in the cities of Delhi, Jaipur, and Lucknow.

Seminar Overview:

The program will include extended visits to the Indian cities of Delhi, Jaipur, and Lucknow to understand the varying economic, cultural, social, and environmental pressures confronting emerging cities as more and more Indians migrate to urban areas in search of work and opportunity. As towns grow into cities and as cities morph into megacities, what can be done to ensure that demands for quality economic opportunities and decent standards of living are balanced against increased pressures on the environment, energy resources, and threatened cultural sites and traditions?

In addition to exploring the overlapping and cross-cutting challenges and opportunities created by India’s rapid urban development, participants will gain first-hand experience—through specialist-led site visits and cultural excursions—of India’s fascinating history, culture, languages, religions, and contemporary society that can be harnessed to address urban sustainability. Throughout the program, participants will learn from and have the opportunity to partner with local university faculty engaged in international collaboration and exchanges.

Eligibility:

Participants must be faculty members or administrators of a community college or minority-serving institution and must be available to participate for the duration of the seminar. Both full-time and part-time faculty may apply. At the conclusion of the program, participants must have developed either a proposal for a new or improved course related to India and/or provide improved student access to study abroad opportunities or virtual exchanges. In addition, participants must demonstrate how they will improve knowledge and awareness of India on their campuses and in their local communities, such as through workshops, open houses, or information sessions. Finally, participants may be asked to attend a funded follow-on workshop in the U.S. to reflect on program achievements, lessons learned, and future collaborations.

Please refer to the Department of Education or the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions for a complete listing of minority-serving institutions. Read and follow the instructions carefully prior to submitting your application.

Additional Eligibility Notes:
1) Eligible faculty may apply to only one (1) of the three CAORC seminars (India, Jordan, or Senegal) being offered in Winter 2019-2020

2) Past participants in CAORC faculty development seminars must wait at least two (2) years before applying again.
 
Please have application statements, CV, and letter of recommendation prepared prior to completing the application.
 
**IMPORTANT: To apply for this program, you must already have a valid passport (with expiration date no earlier than December 2019) or be in the process of applying for a passport at the time of application.

Deadline for submitting applications is Monday, September 16, 2019

Successful applicants to the program will be notified by late October 2019.

For questions or queries regarding this opportunity, please email: fellowships@caorc.org


CAORC-WARC Faculty Development Seminar: Diversity, Religion, and Migration

This award program, administered by CAORC in collaboration with its member center in Dakar, Senegal, the West African Research Center, funds participation in a two-week capacity building workshop in Dakar that will also include visits to Toubacouta and Saint-Louis.

Seminar Overview:

This seminar, based in Senegal’s capital city of Dakar but also visiting the historic towns of Toubacouta and Saint-Louis, will grapple with the complexities of diversity, religion, and migration in contemporary West Africa. As these issues attract greater attention across the globe, it is critical that American educators be able to interpret them for students eager to understand the rapid changes taking place in both the larger world and their own communities.

This two-week seminar geared towards faculty at U.S. community colleges and minority-serving institutions will feature lectures, panels, film screenings, and discussions on the history, culture, economy, and political life of Senegal, with a special emphasis on the country’s spiritual diversity and interreligious dialogue and tolerance. In addition, the seminar will explore the region’s growing transnational movements and their impact on society and especially young people. Click here to view the preliminary program itinerary.

Eligibility:

Participants must be faculty members or administrators of a community college or minority-serving institution and must be available to participate for the duration of the seminar. Both full-time and part-time faculty may apply. At the conclusion of the program, participants must have developed either a proposal for a new or improved course related to West Africa and/or provide improved student access to study abroad opportunities or virtual exchanges. In addition, participants must demonstrate how they will improve knowledge and awareness of West Africa on their campuses and in their local communities, such as through workshops, open houses, or information sessions. Finally, participants may be asked to attend a funded follow-on workshop in the U.S. to reflect on program achievements, lessons learned, and future collaborations.

Please refer to the Department of Education or the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions for a complete listing of minority-serving institutions. Read and follow the instructions carefully prior to submitting your application.

Additional Eligibility Notes:
1) Eligible faculty may apply to only one (1) of the three CAORC seminars (India, Jordan, or Senegal) being offered in Winter 2019-2020

2) Past participants in CAORC faculty development seminars must wait at least two (2) years before applying again.
 
Please have application statements, CV, and letter of recommendation prepared prior to completing the application.
 
**IMPORTANT: To apply for this program, you must already have a valid passport (with expiration date no earlier than July 2020) or be in the process of applying for a passport at the time of application.

Deadline for submitting applications is Monday, September 30, 2019

Successful applicants to the program will be notified by late October 2019.

For question or queries regarding this opportunity, please email: fellowships@caorc.org


CAORC-ACOR Faculty Development Seminar: Sustainability at the Margins

This award program, administered by CAORC in collaboration with its member center in Jordan, the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR), funds participation in a two-week capacity building workshop that will be based in Jordan’s capital of Amman but include visits to major sites throughout the country, including Aqaba, the Dead Sea, Madaba, Umm Qais, and the World Heritage sites of Petra and Wadi Ramm. 

Seminar Overview:

Sustainability is a hot-button issue in Jordan, a quiet country that suffers from resource scarcity and a struggling economy. Despite the many challenges, Jordan has seized opportunities for further economic development. The government is also encouraging a green economy and water-conservation given that Jordan is one of the most water-poor countries in the world. The country now supports a population of more than 10 million and hosts many refugees from neighboring countries. This seminar will explore a variety of issues, including education, urban growth, environment, religion and society. Guest speakers will address some of the major issues related to Jordan’s sustainability at multiple levels.

​The heritage of Jordan is rich and varied and the program will encompass site visits with the aim of discussing sustainable tourism beyond the mainstream, as well as at such world heritage sites as Petra. ACOR in Amman will serve as home base and travel will include a trip to the south to see a variety of sites that play roles in Jordan’s profile as a hospitable and welcoming nation. Trips to some of these destinations will allow participants to consider how economic opportunities can be created – and sustained – for the people who live near heritage locations. ACOR staff members will guide the heritage discussions and accompany participants on relevant site visits including to Petra, now one of the Seven Wonders of the World, where ACOR has been involved in cultural heritage efforts since the early 1990s when it started its excavations at the Petra Church.

Eligibility:

Participants must be faculty members of a community college or minority-serving institution and must be available to participate for the duration of the seminar. At the conclusion of the program, participants will be required to develop new or improved course materials about Jordan that can be openly shared on CAORC’s website and social media to enhance U.S. teaching on the Middle East. In addition, participants should demonstrate how they will improve knowledge and awareness of Jordan on their campuses and in their local communities, such as through workshops, open houses, or information sessions. Finally, participants may be asked to attend a funded follow-on workshop in the U.S. to reflect on program achievements, lessons learned, and future collaborations.

​Please refer to the Department of Education for a complete listing of minority-serving institutions. A useful directory of MSIs can also be found at the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions. Read and follow the instructions carefully prior to submitting your application.


Additional Eligibility Notes:
1) Eligible faculty may apply to only one (1) of the three CAORC seminars (India, Jordan, or Senegal) being offered in Winter 2019-2020

2) Past participants in CAORC faculty development seminars must wait at least two (2) years before applying again.
 
Please have application statements, CV, and letter of recommendation prepared prior to completing the application.
 
**IMPORTANT: To apply for this program, you must already have a valid passport (with expiration date no earlier than July 2020) or be in the process of applying for a passport at the time of application.

Deadline for submitting applications is Friday, October 4, 2019

Successful applicants to the program will be notified by early November 2019.

For question or queries regarding this opportunity, please email: fellowships@caorc.org