The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Senior Research Fellowship supports advanced research in the humanities. Fellowship awards are for four to six consecutive months (i.e. you can hold the fellowship for four, five, or six consecutive months). Selected fellows are awarded $5,000 per month of the award.
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 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
Fellows may travel and carry out research for four to six consecutive months between the period of May to November.
Note that due to the current COVID-19 crisis, fellowship travel will resume when travel restrictions are lifted. Please list a tentative travel plan and dates in your application. CAORC will continue to monitor the situation and will work with fellows to confirm travel plans when the fellowships are awarded in April.
Selected fellows must work on their research full-time during their period of funding.
Fellowship awards will not exceed $5,000 per month.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have resided in the U.S. for three years prior to the application deadline. If you are a U.S. citizen living outside of the U.S., you are still eligible to apply.
Applicants must hold a PhD.
Funding is not available for research conducted in the U.S.
It is not required that you be affiliated with a U.S. academic institution to apply.
Minority scholars and scholars from Minority Serving Institutions are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Type of institution award is open to: two-year college
- Type of institution award is open to: four-year college
- Award is available to U.S. citizens
- Award is available to Canadian citizens
- Award is available to citizens of countries other than the U.S. and Canada.
- Application form required
- Essay required
- Recommendations or references required
- Special requirements exist (These are specified in text.)
- Resume Required
- Project description and literature review
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Donor: Council of American Overseas Research Centers
Founded in 1981, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) is a private nonprofit federation of independent overseas research centers (ORCs) that promote advanced research, particularly in the humanities and social sciences, with a focus on the conservation and recording of cultural heritage and the understanding and interpretation of modern societies. CAORC fosters research projects across national boundaries, encourages collaborative research and programmatic and administrative coherence among member centers, and works to expand their resource base and service capacity. CAORC member centers maintain a permanent presence in the host countries where they operatein Europe, Latin America, the Near and Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and West Africa. The centers are the primary vehicle through which American scholars carry out research vital to our understanding of and intersection with other cultures.Website