CAORC NEH Research Fellowships 2019 in Sri Lanka
  • Partially Funded

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Senior Research Fellowships supports advanced research in the humanities. Fellowship awards are for four consecutive months.Fields of study include, but are not limited to, history, philosophy, religious studies, literature, literary criticism, and visual and performing arts. In addition, research that embraces a humanistic approach and methods will be considered.

Applicants must propose four consecutive months of research in an American overseas research center in one of the following countries: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Cyprus, Georgia, Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Senegal, Sri lanka or Tunisia. Fellows may travel and carry out research for four consecutive months between the periods of May 2019 to November 2020. Selected fellows must work on their research full-time during their period of funding.

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Notification of fellowship status will be made available to each applicant via email by the end of April 2019. Fellows are advised that it can take up to six months to obtain necessary research clearances and should plan accordingly.

The American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies (AISLS) was established in 1996. It is a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). Founded in 1981, CAORC is a private not-for-profit federation of 23 independent overseas research centers that promote advanced research, particularly in the humanities and social sciences, with focus on the conservation and recording of cultural heritage and the understanding and interpretation of modern societies. AISLS is also an affiliate of the Association for Asian Studies.

The AISLS Board of Directors includes the members of its Executive Committee, Elected Directors, and Institutional Representatives, as per the AISLS bylaws. Some members of the board of directors, including the officers, are elected by the AISLS membership. AISLS is funded primarily through annual grants from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US State Department and from the US Department of Education.  It also receives financial support from membership dues, individual donations, and occasional grants from private foundations.


Sri Lanka


Selected fellows are awarded $4,200 per month of the award, for up to four months.


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have resided in the U.S. for three years prior to the application deadline.

  • Applicants must be postdoctoral scholars.

  • Funding is not available for research conducted in the U.S.

  • It is not required that you be affiliated with a U.S. academic institution to apply.

Eligible Regions: Open for All.

Application Process

  • Project Description: In 1500 words or less, please describe the nature of your proposed project and your competence to carry out the required research. State your research question and the methods and procedures you will use to conduct your research. Be sure to describe the proposed methodology in clear terms. Give the reasons why your project requires your presence in the countries indicated, and note the facilities (e.g. libraries, museums, archives, field sites) that you plan to use while conducting your research. What relationship will you have with the host-country overseas research centre? Finally, indicate the extent to which you have investigated other funding sources. Please note that those judging your application may not be specialists in your field. Please limit your narrative to 12-point font and 1-inch margins. Footnotes do not count against the word count.
  • Project Bibliography/Literature Review: You must submit a one-page bibliography or literature review outlining your 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. Please note that additional pages will not be submitted to the review committee.
  • Letters of Recommendation: You must have two (2) letters of recommendation. You will be able to send a link to your recommenders via CAORC’s online grant portal, Fluid Review, and they will then be able to upload their letters. All references must be in English. Do not submit more than two letters of recommendation.
  • 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.

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Application Deadline: January 25, 2019

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