ARCE is Officially One Month Away from Closing its Fellowship Applications
Funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Culturalaffairs through a grant to the council of American Overseas Research Center (CAORC), ARCE offers travel grants and fellowships to pre-dissertation, post-doctoral, faculty, and independent scholars. For nearly six decades, ARCE-funded fellowships have supported scholars interested in conducting academic research in Egypt on a variety of topics. Research could be situated within any period of Egyptian civilization, from prehistory to present day. However, one's research should be in line with ARCE's mission.
Since 1957, publications produced by Americans through ARCE's fellowship opportunities significantly contribute to research on Egypt. Through our close collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MoTA) and the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), fellows are granted administrative support that enables access to monuments, libraries, museums, archives, and Egyptian institutions of higher education. Most of our fellows have carried out archival research in Cairo since this is where the largest number of museums and archives are found but there are certain fellows that travel through the country where they conduct site visits to cultural heritage sites. Cities like Luxor, Aswan, Fayoum, and Alexandria are frequently visited due to their collection of archive and heritagesites. If requested, ARCE will assist fellows in organizing these visits.
Our staff provides fellows with letters of introduction, recommendations about how to plan your research, apartment hunting tips, where to get internet and mobile service, information on doctors and hospitals, and any other needed information while living and conducting research in Egypt. ARCE organizes monthly fellows meeting to discuss research challenges and successes, how to access and use our library and online catalogue and the conservation archive website. Our fellowship programs provide fellows with numerous benefits such as an extension on tourist or residency visa, research guidance, and advice on navigating Egyptian research landscape, networking opportunities with American and Egyptian fellows, an ARCE membership during the fellowship year and an opportunity to contribute an article on your research in ARCE's membership magazine, Scribe.
Some suggesstions to submit a strong proposal include providing a coherent research plan with appropriate research questions, a convincing statement of research relevance, originality, and contribution to the field, clearly stating the need to be in Egypt, strong recommendation letters, presenting a well-constructed set of questions and research focus and prepare an extensive presentation of your academic and scholarly qualifications and background.
The deadline to submit your application is January 15th, 2023, at 11:59 PM PST.