Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


The deadline for this fellowship has now passed. The next call for applications will open on September 6, 2022 with a deadline in mid-January 2023. Please check back closer to the opening date for updated information.

The CAORC - National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Senior Research Fellowship provides the opportunity for scholars to spend significant time in one country with an ORC as a research base. The 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. This program is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) under the Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI). 

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, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cyprus, Georgia, Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Pakistan (senior scholars may be permitted to travel to Lahore and Islamabad subject to approval), Senegal, Sri Lanka or Tunisia.

  • Travel advisories may fluctuate in some countries, which CAORC continually monitors. CAORC abides by all US Department of State travel restrictions. 

  • Fellows may travel and carry out research for four to six consecutive months between the period of May 2021 to November 2022.

  • 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 2021.

  • Selected fellows must work on their research full-time during their period of funding.

  • Fellowship awards will not exceed $5,000 per month.

Notification of fellowship status will be made available to each applicant via email by the end of April, 2021. Fellows are advised that it can take up to six months to obtain necessary research clearances and should plan accordingly.


  • All applicants must hold a PhD.

  • Applicants who are US citizens are eligible to apply.

  • US citizens living outside of the US are eligible to apply.

  • Foreign nationals who have resided in the US for three years prior to the application deadline are eligible to apply.

  • Independent scholars are welcome to apply. It is not a requirement that applicants be affiliated with a US academic institution.

  • Funding is not available for research conducted in the US.

  • 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. Describe the broad value and scholarly significance of the research you plan to do and the expected publication, outputs, or dissemination that will result from your research. How will your project contribute to or interact with the humanities? Give the reasons why your project requires your presence in the country 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? Why is it important that you affiliate with an overseas research center?


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.


Letters of Recommendation: You must have two (2) letters of recommendation. You will be able to send a link to your recommenders via the online grant portal, SM Apply, by entering their contact details, which will trigger the system into sending an automated email. Your recommenders will then be able to upload their letters. All letters must be in English. Recommendations letters will be confidential in the system. The applicant is responsible for checking in with their recommenders to ensure the letters are submitted in time.  

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.

Evaluation criteria:

The review committee will evaluate applications based on the following criteria below.

  • Contribution to the applicant's field of research

  • Contribution to the humanities

  • 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 and affiliating with the ORC / Contribution to the intellectual scope of the ORC


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