CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship 2020 in USA
  • Partially Funded

The Multi-Country Research Fellowship by CAORC supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates, and postdoctoral scholars. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the U.S., at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center.


It is to be noted that in accordance with U.S. Department of State travel warnings, travel is not currently possible to the following countries with overseas research centers: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan (senior scholars may be permitted to travel to Lahore and Islamabad subject to approval), and Yemen. CAORC abides by all U.S. Department of State travel restrictions.

The award is for a minimum of 90 days and Fellows may travel and carry out research between the period of May 2020 and November 2021. (The 90 day travel minimum can be split into multiple trips and does not need to be consecutive.)

Notification of fellowship status will be made available to each applicant via email by the end of April, 2020. Fellows are advised that it can take up to six months to obtain necessary research clearances and should plan accordingly.

Additional notes about the fellowship applications:

  • It is possible to apply for both the Multi-Country Research Fellowship and the NEH Senior Research Fellowship.
  • Applications in Fluid Review will lock at midnight EST on the night of the deadline and it will not be possible continue making edits.
  • Referees have one week after the applicant deadline to upload their recommendation letters into Fluid Review.


  • Approximately eight awards of up to $11,000 each will be given.
  • Mary Ellen Lane Travel Award: each year the highest ranking Multi-Country Fellowship applicant will receive an additional $1,000 toward travel expenses.


Applicants are required to meet the following eligibility requirements.

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Fellowship awards will not exceed $11,000.
  • Funding is not available for research conducted in the U.S.
  • Group projects are admissible and will be evaluated as a single application. Groups should submit one (1) application for the group project and Curriculum Vitae for each member of the group. Two (2) letters of recommendation are required for the group. If awarded, a single grant of $11,000 will be issued to the group.
  • It is not required to be affiliated with a U.S. academic institution to apply.
  • PhD candidates must be ABD (all but dissertation) by May 2020.
  • If an applicant has held a Multi-Country Fellowship in the past, he/she must wait 3 years before he/she is eligible to apply again.
  • Minority scholars and scholars from Minority Serving Institutions are strongly encouraged to apply.
Eligible Regions: United States

Application Process

  • Apply online through the given link.
  • Project Description: The applicants should describe the nature of their proposed project and their competence to carry out the required research in 1500 words or less. They are required to state the research question and the methods and procedures they will use to conduct the research. They need to give the reasons why their project requires their presence in the countries indicated, and note the facilities (e.g. libraries, museums, archives, field sites) that they plan to use while conducting your research. What relationship will the applicant have with the host-country overseas research center(s)? Finally, he/she is to indicate the extent to which he/she has investigated other funding sources.
  • Project Bibliography/Literature Review: One must submit a one-page bibliography or literature review outlining 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.
  • Letters of Recommendation: The applicants must have two (2) letters of recommendation. They will be able to send a link to their recommenders via the online grant portal, Fluid Review, by entering their contact details and they will then be able to upload their letters. All references must be in English.
    • Recommendations letters will be confidential in the system. The applicant is responsible for checking in with their recommenders to ensure the letters are submitted in time.
    • PhD candidates must have one letter from an academic advisor with a signed Academic Advisor Form.
  • 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
  • Transcripts: PhD candidates only. Please submit transcripts from your most recent institution.

Application Deadline: January 24, 2020

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