CAORC NEH SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP GUIDELINES
Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The deadline for this fellowship has now passed. Award results will be announced in late April/early May. The next competition will open in September 2021.
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 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.
Applications can be accessed via https://orcfellowships.smapply.org/. 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? 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.
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.
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.
Deadline: January 25, 2021 at 5:00pm EST (applicants are advised to submit applications well before the deadline in case applicants have questions for the CAORC main office).
If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Referees have one additional week after the applicant deadline to upload their recommendation letters into SM Apply.