ARCE Fellowships (Multiple)

ARCE’s fellowship program has benefited more than 700 scholars over six decades whose research interests span 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. 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. Publications produced by scholars through ARCE fellowship experiences contribute substantially to research on Egypt by Americans since 1957.

Decades of close collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities (MoA) and Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) enable ARCE to provide fellows with solid administrative support and advice that eases access to Egyptian museums, monuments, archaeological sites, research libraries, archives and Egyptian institutions of higher education.

November 1, 2018 Applications will be available online and call for submissions will open

January 15, 2019 Deadline for all fellowship applications, including all references

February 2019 Fellowship Committee meets

March 2019 Candidates notified of acceptance

September 2019 Notification of clearances received, fellows authorized

Hear from more ARCE fellows about their experience researching and living in Egypt. >>


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.

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.


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.


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.


The William P. McHugh Memorial Fund encourages the study of Egyptian geo-archaeology and prehistory by providing a special award of $600 to a pre-doctoral student. Currently, the award is only offered in conjunction with an ARCE Fellowship and therefore, is open to U.S. citizens at universities worldwide.


All fellows receive a monthly per diem commensurate with their academic status that provides for round-trip economy airfare.


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.

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