CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship
Multi-Country Research Fellowship Application Guidelines:
The Multi-Country Research Fellowship enables US scholars to carry out trans-regional and comparative research in countries across the network of Overseas Research Centers as well as other countries.
The fellowship supports advanced research in the humanities, social sciences, and allied natural sciences for US doctoral candidates, who are ‘all but dissertation’ and scholars who have earned their PhD or a terminal degree. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or as teams. Twelve awards of $12,600 each will be granted. Funding is provided by the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Important information about the fellowship competition:
- Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which must host a participating Overseas Research Center (ORC). Click here for a list of the centers.
- The award is for a minimum of 90 days and fellows may travel and carry out research between the period of May 2024 and November 2025. Note the 90 day travel minimum can be split into multiple trips and does not need to be consecutive.
- Fellows must work on their research full-time while they are traveling on the fellowship.
- Twelve awards of $12,600 each will be granted. The award payment is in the form of a stipend.
Information on travel:
Travel advisories may fluctuate in some countries, which CAORC continually monitors. CAORC abides by all US Department of State travel restrictions. Note that in accordance with US Department of State travel warnings, travel is not currently possible to the following countries with Overseas Research Centers: Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar (Burma), Pakistan (senior scholars may be permitted to travel to Lahore and Islamabad subject to approval), and Yemen.
Please list a tentative travel plan and dates in your application. CAORC will work with fellows to confirm travel plans when the fellowships are awarded.
Notification of fellowship status will be made available to each applicant via email in late March, 2024. Fellows are advised that it can take up to six months to obtain necessary research clearances and should plan accordingly.
Applicants must be US citizens.
Funding is not available for research conducted in the US.
Team projects are admissible and will be evaluated as a single application. Teams should submit one (1) application for the team project and a CV for each member. Note that all team members must fulfill the fellowship eligibility requirements. If awarded, a single grant of $12,600 will be issued to the team.
Independent scholars are eligible to apply.
PhD candidates must be 'all but dissertation' (ABD) by May 2024.
If you have held a Multi-Country Research Fellowship in the past, you must wait three years before you are eligible to apply again.
It is permissible to apply for both the Multi-Country Research Fellowship and the CAORC-NEH Research Fellowship at the same time, but only one fellowship can be awarded to an applicant.
Minority scholars and scholars from Minority Serving Institutions are especially encouraged to apply.
A multidisciplinary review committee will evaluate applications based on the following criteria below.
Contribution to the applicant's field of research
Feasibility of the research design
Applicant’s qualifications in terms of having the requisite experience and skills to complete the project
Rationale for carrying out the project in the proposed host country(ies) and affiliating with the ORC(s) / Contribution to the intellectual scope of the ORC(s)
Application Deadline: December 6, 2023 at 5:00pm ET (applicants are advised to submit applications well before the deadline in case applicants have questions).
Recommendation Letter Deadline: December 13, 2023 at 5:00pm ET
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