Postdoctoral Scholars in the Humanities Apply Now: CAORC-NEH Research Fellowship

Nov 09, 2023

CAORC-NEH Research Fellowship now accepting applications

Sponsored by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)/National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Research Fellowship Program supports advanced research in the humanities for U.S. postdoctoral scholars, and foreign national postdoctoral scholars who have been residents in the US for three or more years. Scholars must carry out research in a country which hosts a participating American overseas research center: 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. Fellowship awards are for four to six consecutive months and 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, linguistics, languages, literature, literary criticism, and visual and performing arts. In addition, research that embraces a humanistic approach and methods will be considered.

  • 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.

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

  • 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 March 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.  

Deadline for Applications: January 24, 2024 at 5:00pm ET.

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Learn more about the fellowship and the guidelines here and read blog posts from former fellows here.

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