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Carnegie Saharan Crossroads Fellowship


Saharan Crossroads seeks to counter the conceptual divide separating North and sub-Saharan Africa and the tendency to view the Sahara Desert as an impenetrable barrier dividing the continent into the northern “white” and sub-Saharan “black” Africa. Countries to the north often find themselves placed in Mediterranean, Islamic, and Middle Eastern studies with little consideration of cultural, historical, or artistic contact with sub-Saharan countries, which are often considered more authentically “African.” Despite trans-Saharan cultural contact spanning centuries, this inaccurate perception of Africa as two distinct zones separated by an empty wasteland of desert continues to influence the way people think about this region and the continent as a whole.


Funded through a grant from Carnegie Corporation, this competition was open to students, senior or independent scholars holding at least a Master’s Degree. US, North African and West African Scholars interested in conducting research in any part of North or West Africa concerning Saharan Crossroads were encouraged to apply for short-term fellowships (up to three months) for awards up to 3,000 USD.

Arab Regional Workshop and Fellowship Program

The purpose of this program is to build cooperative networks among scholars from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, and Yemen, working in the social sciences and allied humanities (including, but not limited to, political science, sociology, anthropology/ethnology, and history). The program will draw on the resources, facilities, and contacts of American overseas research centers located in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, and Yemen to enable the recipients to further their research and to build professional networks in and among host countries.

CLR/CAORC Grants for Short-Term Research in Portugal and/or Lusophone Africa

Administered under the auspices of the Center for Lusophone Research (CLR), these grants are for researchers in the arts, humanities, or social sciences based at US institutions who wish to conduct innovative research on topics pertaining to Lusophone culture, politics, or society, with a particular emphasis on Luso-Africa. The grants are designed to support advanced research focused on regional, cross-regional, and cross-disciplinary aspects of the Lusophone world. Initial funding is offered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). Grants are primarily intended for travel to enable scholars to reach sources and archives that are difficult to access. Grants may be used to travel to archives and/or conduct research in Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, or São Tomé and Príncipe. Each grant will cover up to the amount of $3000.

Andrew W. Mellon Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship Program

The Andrew W. Mellon Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship enables pre- and early post-doctoral scholars to carry out research in the humanities and related social sciences in countries bordering the Mediterranean and served by American overseas research centers. Funding for this program is generously provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Scholars must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident; be a doctoral candidate or a scholar who obtained his/her Ph.D. within the last ten years (September 2006 or later); propose a three to nine month humanities or related social science research project; and propose travel to one or more Mediterranean region country, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. 

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