Funding provided by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

This program will open on August 18 with a deadline of November 16, 2021.

The Multi-Country Research Fellowship supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates, and scholars who hold a PhD. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research.


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 American Overseas Research Center. 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 2022 and November 2023. (The 90 day travel minimum can be split into multiple trips and does not need to be consecutive.)

  • Nine awards of $11,500 each will be given. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Information on travel:

  • CAORC abides by all U.S. Department of State travel restrictions. For information on restricted travel please be sure to visit:

  • Note that in accordance with U.S. Department of State travel warnings, travel is not currently possible to the following countries with Overseas Research Centers: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan (senior scholars may be permitted to travel to Lahore and Islamabad subject to approval), and Yemen.

  • Note that due to the current COVID-19 crisis, there may be travel restrictions in place in the country you wish to travel to. 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.

Notification of fellowship status will be made available to each applicant via email by early March, 2022. Fellows are advised that it can take up to six months to obtain necessary research clearances and should plan accordingly.


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

  • Fellowship awards will not exceed $11,500.

  • Funding is not available for research conducted in the U.S.

  • 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 $11,500 will be issued to the team.

  • Independent scholars are welcome to apply.

  • PhD candidates must be ABD (all but dissertation) by May 2022.

  • If you have held a Multi-Country Fellowship in the past, you must wait three  years before you are eligible to apply again. 

  • Minority scholars and scholars from Minority Serving Institutions are especially encouraged to apply. 

Application Information:

Applications can be accessed via You must sign up for an account to access the application. This will allow you to save and return to your application before submitting. Please save your login/password information for future applications.


Project Description: In 1500 words or less, please describe the nature of your proposed project and your competence to carry out the required research. State your research question and the methods and procedures you will use to conduct your research. Be sure to describe the proposed methodology in clear terms. Give the reasons why your project requires your presence in the countries indicated, and note the facilities (e.g. libraries, museums, archives, field sites) that you plan to use while conducting your research. What relationship will you have with the host-country overseas research center(s)? Finally, indicate the extent to which you have investigated other funding sources. Please note that those judging your application may not be specialists in your field. Please limit your narrative to 12-point font and 1-inch margins. Footnotes do not count against the word count.


Project Bibliography/Literature Review: You must submit a one-page bibliography or literature review outlining your project resources. CAORC does not have a preference for one format over another. Please clarify primary and secondary sources, and – where applicable – locations of listed material. Please note that additional pages will not be submitted to the review committee.


Letter of Recommendation: This fellowship requires one (1) letter of recommendation. You will be able to send a link to your recommender via the online grant portal, SM Apply, by entering their contact details, which will trigger the system into sending an automated email. Your recommender will then be able to upload a letter. All letters must be in English. Recommendations letters will be confidential in the system. Note that the applicant is responsible for checking in with their recommender to ensure the letter is submitted by the deadline.


Curriculum Vitae: Three (3) pages maximum. Additional pages will not be submitted to the review committee. Please ensure that prior awards and language capacity are clearly noted.


Transcripts: PhD candidates only. Please submit transcripts from your most recent institution.


Deadline: November 16, 2021 at 5:00pm ET (CAORC advises that applicants plan to submit the application a few days in advance of the deadline in case applicants run into any technical issues or have questions for main office.)

If you have questions, please email

Mary Ellen Lane Travel Award:

Mary Ellen Lane Travel Award: each year the highest ranking Multi-Country Fellowship applicant will receive an additional $1,000 toward travel expenses. The award is named after CAORC's founding director, Dr. Mary Ellen Lane.