Over the course of six decades, The American Research Center in Egypt’s fellowship program has benefited more than 700 scholars, whose research interests span the diversity of Egypt’s periods and cultures. ARCE offers funded fellowships and a research associate program for a wide range of scholars looking to conduct research in Egypt. Previous fellows have represented the fields of anthropology, archaeology, architecture, fine art, art history, Coptic studies, economics, Egyptology, history, humanistic social sciences, Islamic studies, literature, political science, religious studies and even music. Program alumni include directors and faculty of Middle Eastern studies and history departments at leading universities in the United States and abroad, and curators of Egyptian and Near Eastern art at major museums and research institutions. Collectively, the publications resulting from ARCE fellowships constitute a substantial collection of all scholarly output on Egypt by Americans since 1957.
Decades of close collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities (MoA) and Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) enables ARCE to provide fellows with solid administrative support and advice that eases access to Egyptian museums, monuments, archaeological sites, and research libraries, archives and Egyptian academia.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State, Research Fellowship: Through a grant from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) this fellowship is open to U.S. citizen pre-doctoral candidates (ABD), postdoctoral scholars, faculty and senior scholars at museums, universities and institutions worldwide for a minimum stay of three months and a maximum stay of 12 months. Four to six fellowships funded annually.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State, Pre-dissertation Travel Grant: Through a grant from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), this fellowship is open to U.S. citizen pre-doctoral candidates who have completed coursework but not yet advanced to ABD status. The grantee will conduct exploratory research to identify sources, build professional networks and visit heritage sites, research libraries and archives in Egypt. Minimum one month, maximum two months stay. One grant is awarded in years when qualified candidates apply.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): Available to American postdoctoral scholars, faculty and senior scholars worldwide with a minimum stay of four months and a maximum stay of 10 months. NEH funds may be awarded to foreign nationals who have been residents of the United States for three consecutive years immediately preceding the application deadline. Minimum stay four months; maximum stay 10 months. One or two fellowships funded annually.
Applicants who possess a doctoral degree by October 1, 2018, will automatically be considered for both ECA and NEH funding.
Theodore N. Romanoff Prize: This generous grant provides $2000 for research on the language or historical texts of ancient Egypt - including the Coptic language as the final stage of historic Egyptian languages. At present, the prize is only awarded in conjunction with an ARCE fellowship. This prize is awarded in years when a qualified candidate is identified.
Research Associate: This association with ARCE is open to U.S. citizen pre-doctoral (ABD), postdoctoral, early career and senior scholars worldwide and foreign nationals studying or teaching at American universities in the U.S. with independent funding. Research associates receive the same level of administrative and academic support accorded ARCE-funded fellows but must have their own funding resources. ARCE requires research associates to pay a modest fee to offset the cost of providing administrative services. Interested applicants should complete the ARCE Fellowship Application and indicate Research Associate status on the application. Minimum three months, maximum 12 months stay.