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Funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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This fellowship is now closed and the next call for applications will be in September 2024.

The CAORC - National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Research Fellowship provides the opportunity for scholars to spend significant time in one country with an Overseas Research Centers as a 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, archaeology, history, philosophy, religious studies, anthropology, linguistics, languages, 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 Overseas Research Center in one of the following countries: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cyprus, Georgia, Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, 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.  Please contact CAORC if you have questions.

  • Fellows may travel and carry out research for four to six consecutive months between the period of May 2024 to end of December  2025.

  • Please list a tentative travel plan and dates in your application.

  • Selected fellows must work on their research full-time during the entire tenure of their fellowship.

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

  • All materials publicizing or resulting from NEH-funded activities must contain an acknowledgment of NEH support as well as CAORC support.

  • CAORC-NEH Fellows may hold non-federal fellowships or grants during their fellowship tenure, including sabbaticals
    and grants from their own institutions. Fellows cannot hold another concurrent NEH or other federally funded grant.

Notification of fellowship status will be made available to each applicant via email in late April 2024. 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 or terminal degree.

  • Applicants who are US citizens are eligible.

  • US citizens living outside of the US are eligible.

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

  • Independent scholars are eligible if they meet the above criteria. 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 (footnotes do not count as part of the word count), 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.

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.

Note that recommendation letters are no longer required for this fellowship.

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 Overseas Research Center / Contribution to the intellectual scope of the Overseas Research Center


Link to the Application Form:

Application Deadline: January 24, 2024 at 5:00pm ET (applicants are advised to submit applications well before the deadline in case applicants have questions).

Notification of Award Decisions: Mid to Late April 2024

If you have questions, please email

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