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Fellowship Opportunities for U.S. Scholars to Conduct Research on Iraq

TARII is a consortium of American universities, museums, and other scholarly institutions dedicated to the furtherance of research in and on Iraq and to fostering mutual understanding and respect between American and Iraqi peoples. With support of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), TARII intends to establish a research center and hostel in Baghdad. However, under current circumstances, it operates mainly outside Iraq. For now, the programs in Iraq itself are limited to a fellowship competition for Iraqi scholars. A major part of our operations will always be a fellowship program for American scholars to conduct research focused on subjects in any legitimate academic field from ancient Mesopotamia to modern Iraq, giving priority to collaborative projects undertaken jointly by U.S. and Iraqi scholars.

The Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII) invites proposals from U.S. scholars for feasible research on Iraq-related topics to be conducted outside of Iraq and the United States. For example, projects could include:

  • Research in archives in Europe, Turkey, or India

  • Interviews with Iraqis living abroad

  • Remote sensing of ancient Iraqi landscapes

  • Collaboration between a U.S. scholar and an Iraqi living in Iraq

Proposals for TARII’s U.S. Fellowship program are invited from individual American post-doctoral and advanced pre-doctoral researchers for awards of up to $7,000.

Applications must be received electronically. Awards will be announced in early April, for projects that should not begin before April of that year.

A complete application consists of the following:

Awards will be announced in April, for projects that should not begin before March 31.

Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens who are post-graduate researchers or who are full-time graduate students in recognized degree programs. Awards will be made on the basis of merit as determined by a review panel consisting of scholars from member universities.

Support for this program comes from a grant from the State Department's Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs (State/ECA) through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC).

For further information on how to apply, contact

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